2012-07-20 / Sports

Orioles Soar From Cellar-Dwellers to RLL Champions


The Rockaway Properties Orioles are the Minor Girls softball champions for 2012. The Rockaway Properties Orioles are the Minor Girls softball champions for 2012. The Rockaway Properties Orioles completed their miraculous run by going from last place to first and winning the Minor Girls championship by beating a tough Walsh Properties Dodgers squad 5-1.

After knocking off the first place White Sox in the first round a few days prior, the Orioles, coached by Catherine Rose, Chrissy Mullin, Brian Donnelly and Jerry Jackson, took the championship game from legendary coach Jim Hurley and his Dodgers squad in a classic pitchers’ duel. For the Orioles, Bridget Rose was throwing gas and pitched three innings while giving up one run and striking out eight. Crafty veteran Caitlin Mullin came in to shut things down by giving up no runs in three innings to seal the victory.

The Orioles’ bats were alive on this beautiful Saturday morning. Victoria Mullen (2 for 2), Bridget Rose (3 for 3 with one RBI), Mollie Abernathy (2 RBIs), Kathleen Schmitt (2 for 2 with one RBI), and Eva Powers-Velasquez (1 RBI) led the way. Hannah Chasnoff smoked a double in the second inning. Defense was the name of the game on this day with sparkling plays from Beth Dunn, Kaitlyn Potter, Katie Jackson, Bridget Donnelly and Lauren Mitterway.

Congratulations to a great season!

There are two things you can count on in the Rockaway Little League playoffs: Razor thin margins of victory and dramatic upsets. The 2012 post-season did not disappoint. The Servpro Dodgers (Minor Boys), Arverne by the Sea Cardinals (Pee Wee Seniors) and the VIP Fire Sprinklers Orioles (Major Girls) each claimed division titles with onerun victories.

Meanwhile, the Rockaway Properties Orioles (Minor Girls) and the Casino Auto Dodgers (Major Boys) rose from the regular season basement to win championships last Saturday. Look for title game details in next week’s Wave.

While the Orioles soared, another bird came oh so close. The Henry Myers Plumbing and Heating Blue Jays, who finished second in the Ocean division, fell by one run in the Pee Wee Senior championship game to the Bay division winners, the Servpro of Northwest Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Minor Boys championship game was also the closest of games with the Arverne By The Sea Cardinals prevailing over the Graybeards Reds, 3-2 in seven innings. Each team had won its division in the regular season. The Reds made it to the championship game with a 10-4 win over the Ram Title Orioles. In that game, Tom Resker was solid both on the mound and at the plate. Tom went 3-for-3 while he and his brother James kept the O’s potent bats in check. Jack Brandeis added two RBIs. Sean Sullivan crossed the plate twice while his brother Jack had a strong game in the field.

Diamond Dust: The post-season awards breakfast is tentatively scheduled for October ... Have a great summer.

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