2012-06-15 / Sports

Orioles Rally To Grab Inaugural President’s Cup


The VIP Fire Sprinklers Orioles won the first annual President’s Cup tournament in the Major Girls division. Below, The El Caribe Caterers White Sox won the first annual President’s Cup tournament in the Minor Girls division. The VIP Fire Sprinklers Orioles won the first annual President’s Cup tournament in the Major Girls division. Below, The El Caribe Caterers White Sox won the first annual President’s Cup tournament in the Minor Girls division. Down to their last out, the VIP Fire Sprinklers Orioles scored five runs to steal the Major Girls’ championship game in the Rockaway Little League President’s Cup Softball tournament. In the Minor Girls version of the tournament, the El Caribe Caterers White Sox were an unstoppable juggernaut last Friday.

The White Sox put on an offensive show against both the Rockaway Properties Orioles in the semi-finals and the Walsh Properties Dodgers in the finals. The Orioles and Dodgers were solid but the Sox prevailed by scoring runs in almost every inning, taking the crown in the first annual President’s Cup tournament.

The VIP Fire Sprinklers Orioles advanced to the Major Girls’ finale by edging the Knights of Columbus Marlins in a see-saw battle.

Between the semi-final and final rounds of the tournament, all seven teams enjoyed pizza and dessert in the Clubhouse courtesy of Slices N Ices pizzeria.

The winning teams advanced to the championship round in hopes of having their team’s name etched onto the President’s Cup plaque. The plaque will be displayed in Rockaway Little League’s clubhouse, which is inside Gateway NRA.

The top-seeded Friends of Phil Goldfeder Cardinals, who earned a bye in the first round, played the Orioles for the Major Girls’ title. True to form, the Cardinals took control of the game midway through and appeared to have it iced when Samantha Rohm’s tworun homer extended their lead to 7-3 in the last inning. It seemed the O’s would go quietly. With two outs and one on in the final frame, the K of C team scratched out three infield hits and a walk to close the gap to 7-5. Emma Meade’s blast deep into the valley of field 5 plated Mary Conroy, Ana Rodriguez and Jalexia DeJesus to snatch the Cup from the claws of the Cardinals.

In earlier regular season action, the Sands Point Physical Therapy Marlins saw two players go yard the old-fashioned way in Pee Wee Senior action.

Lefty Joe Palumbo crushed one over the right field fence on Thursday, May 31 vs. the Ram Title Orioles and right-handed hitting Jack Schmitt went long dead center on Saturday vs. the Animal Hospital of the Rockaways Cubs.

The Marlins dropped a 17-9 decision to the surging Henry Myers Plumbing & Heating Jays last week. James Mangan, Jason Machado and Colin Byrne paced the attack for the Jays with three hits each. Mangan’s had five RBIs and Byrne belted two doubles. Matt Murray flashed some leather to help pitchers Brendan Byrne and Matt Sweeney get the win.

Diamond Dust: Rockaway Little League’s annual trip to the Cyclones will be June 29. Every person will receive a free Cyclones cap. Kids can go on the field before the game.

There will be fireworks after the game. Tickets are $17 each. Contact Richie Mills for tickets at 917-670-7181 or email sabsrn@verizon.net.

For the second year in a row, Aiden Gallagher has qualified for the MLB round of the National Pitch, Hit and Run Contest. He will compete at Citi Field next weekend. If he wins, Gallagher will advance to compete in the national finals at the All-Star Game in Kansas City ... The playoffs begin next week.

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