Rockaway Little League Big News Roundup
On Saturday afternoon, April 27th, in the Major Boys Division, the Seaway Marine Corp Cubs took on the Orlow Firm Diamondbacks. The game turned out to be a back and forth contest with the Cubs jumping out to an early 6-1 lead behind RBI hits from Timmy Connolly, John Mullen and Brian Keane.
The Diamondbacks then came storming back to take a 9-6 lead after four innings with Jack Casey, Dylan Abernathy and Brian Hall all blasting hard hits to send multiple runners home. The Cubs then rallied in the top of the fifth with three runs courtesy of ropes off the bats of Robbie Rose, Joe O’Connor and Griffin Skammel.
Resilient, the Diamondbacks then used patience at the plate from Max Brown and Jacob Mackoff who drew walks and promptly scored on RBI groundouts from John Fabrizio and Jack Bambury. The Cubs faced an 11-9 deficit entering their last chance in the top of the sixth.
Things looked grim as their first batter struck out, but TJ Powderly then stroked a double and Danny Morales showed great patience and worked a crucial walk. Rose, O’Connor, Skammel and Keane then all followed with RBI hits, giving the Cubs a 14-11 lead. Connolly came on to shut the door and earn the save with a 1-2-3 sixth inning.
Earlier in the day, the Fitzgerald Electric A’s edged the Servpro of Northwest Brooklyn Twins 7-5 in Minor Boys action. Colin Byrne and Kieran Conaghan pitched for the A’s. Conaghan provided his own offense with a 3-4 performance at the plate. Brendan Donnelly swiped two bases and scored two runs. Dylan McLaren was solid behind the plate.
The A’s opened the season last Tuesday, April 23rd, with a decisive win over the Belle Harbor Yacht Club Cubs. Conaghan and Tom Resker were imposing on the hill that day. James Resker had a big day at the plate (4-5, home run, 3 RBI). Kyle Duffy also rapped out four hits and knocked in two runs. Kiernan Smith went 2-4 with two runs batted in. Michael Potter had a good game in the field.
Also in Minor Boys, the Conte’s Carpets and Flooring Cardinals and the Friends of Chuck Schumer Dodgers started off their seasons on Wednesday, April 24th, with a slam-bang 13-7 victory by the Cardinals.
The Cards jumped in front 2-0 in the first inning as starting pitcher Philly Benoit drove in both runs with a base hit. Michael Light and Peter Memoli of the Dodgers drove in a run each, in the bottom of the inning to tie the game. Daniel Green led off the third with a triple and Corey Schwach and Benoit followed him home as the Cards raced ahead 5-2. But two-run home runs by both Giancarlo Conti and Light in the bottom of the inning pushed the Dodgers ahead 7-6. From there, relief pitchers Jack Lindon and Green shut down the Dodgers and Danny Cornish broke open a close game in the sixth for the Cards with a grand slam.
The Cards followed that opening victory with a 13-2 win over the Friends of Kenny Coffey Giants on Saturday. The Redbirds scored five times in the opening frame and never looked back. Philly Benoit started again for the win and was followed by Cornish, who pitched three strong innings, and closer Lindon. Green went 3-for-3 with a triple and homer while batting in three and scoring four times.
Benoit drove in four runs and Cornish followed his opening game grand slam with three more hits and runs. Ryan Clark added two runs and Corey Schwach got two hits and was in the middle of a nifty 8-5-3 outfield assist as Green, playing the entire outfield by himself for the short-handed Cards, raced down a line drive to left and fired to Schwach who relayed to Lindon at first catching the batter making too big a turn. The Cards next take on the Ram Title Orioles in a battle of undefeated birds.
In Pee Wee Girls action, where every girl is a winner, the Councilman Eric Ulrich Angels played very well for the second game of the season, keeping up with a tough Bay Ridge Crossfit Dodgers team. There was great hitting throughout the lineup with every girl hitting her way on base and scoring a run in the 22-22 affair. Lauren Valdemira, Rachel Belligiere and Layla Duggan were particularly strong at the plate while Sofia Pesso had a nice game in the field. In the Angels’ first game, they tied the Navillus Construction Orioles 18-18. Nikki Mortellaro, Brook Tracey and Andrea Smith were the top sluggers with Cassie McDade flashing leather on defense.
During the week, a large group of Rockaway Little League boys and girls watched the New York Mets defeat the Los Angeles Dodgers thanks to the generosity of Zachys Wine & Liquor. Zachys, based in Scarsdale, donated a portion of their sales to fund a ticket purchase. The result: Zachys sent RLL 106 tickets.
Matt Harvey started for the Mets who rallied to win in 10 innings on Jordany Valdespin’s walk-off grand slam. Thank you to Zachys and their clients.
DIAMOND DUST: There will be limited action this Sunday due to first communions. No games are schedule for May 12th, Mother’s Day...The entire 2013 schedule is now available online as well as the team pages and league rules. Visit www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com ... Clare Socks are on sale again this year in the Clubhouse. Proceeds will support alum Clare Droesch in her battle against cancer. Keep fighting Clare!