Rockaway Advances To Little League District Championship
The Rockaway Little League 10 and under district team defeated Rosedale 8-2 on Saturday, June 23 and Ozone Park / Howard Beach 9-5 on Tuesday, June 26 to advance to the championship round of the Little League District 27 10 and Under tournament. Both games in the double-elimination tournament took place at Broad Channel.
Saturday’s game against Rosedale was 0-0 after 3 innings as starting pitcher Jack Casey held the opposition scoreless while striking out 7. He was aided by catcher James Agoglia, who picked a Rosedale runner off base in the 3rd inning with a bullet throw down to first. Rockaway broke through with 4 runs in the top of the fourth inning by taking advantage of control problems by the Rosedale pitchers and being aggressive on the basepaths.
Daniel Green relieved Casey in the bottom of the 4th after he walked the first two batters. Green struck out the first batter and got the second out with a daring unassisted force at home after walking the bases full. James Resker came on for Green after he walked 2 to make it 4-2. Once again catcher Agoglia stymied Rosedale as he picked the runner off third for the third out. Rockaway added another run in the 5th and 3 more in the 6th and Matt McCabe pitched two scoreless innings to close out the victory. James Resker had 2 RBIs including a triple down the left line and Daniel Green scored 2 runs for the Rockaway offense.
Tuesday’s game against Ozone Park/Howard Beach, 8-7 victors over Broad Channel on Saturday, started in much the same fashion as the teams were deadlocked 0-0 after 2 innings. Rockaway starting pitcher Brian MacDonald was helped by some flashy defense. In the first inning right fielder Jack Casey ran down a ball at the fence and fired to shortstop Ian Byrne to nail the Rosedale runner trying to turn it into a double. Left fielder Mike McManus made a running, tumbling catch of a fly ball for the first out of the second inning. MacDonald helped himself by flashing off the mound and throwing the batter out at first 3 times over the first 3 innings. He also started the scoring by hitting a double in the 3rd and coming home on James Resker’s single.
Ozone Howard tied the score in the bottom of the inning with 3 consecutive singles but catcher Agoglia killed a rally again by picking the runner off first. Ozone Howard took the lead in the bottom of the 4th as they scored a run off of relief pitcher James Resker. Rockaway answered right back in the 5th inning as Joe Tammaro slid home to beat the tag on a fielder’s choice to tie the game. Thomas Resker then singled home Jack Casey and Matt McCabe singled home Resker for a 4-2 lead. Mike McManus came on in relief to pitch a scoreless fifth.
Rockaway erupted for 5 runs in the top of the 6th with the bighitbeinga2runtriplebyCasey.OzoneHowardrallied in the bottom of the sixth with 3 consecutive hits to start the inning and closed to 9-5 but Thomas Resker came in to record the final 3 outs and seal the win. Brian MacDonald finished 3 for 4 with 2 doubles and 2 runs, Thomas Resker was 3 for 4 with a double and 2 runs and Jack Casey was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs, a double and a triple to pace the Rockaway attack.
Rockaway next plays Saturday, June 30 at 10 a.m. at Broad Channel against the victor in the loser’s bracket. A win then would give Rockaway the district championship and move them on to the borough championship. Otherwise the 2 teams will play for the championship on Sunday, July 1 at 10 a.m. at Broad Channel.
The Rockaway 10U district team consists of fifth graders Jack Casey, Matt McCabe, Jack Mullally and Brian MacDonald and fourth graders Ian Byrne, Billy Resker, Philly Benoit, James Tuohey, Daniel Green, Mikey McManus, James Agolia, Joe Tammaro and Thomas and James Resker. They are coached by Kamin Green, Jamie Agoglia and Marty McManus.