Marlins Edged Dodgers in Pee Wee Senior Thriller
The Marlins prevailed 11-10 on the strength of Colin Peterson’s game-winning, two-run double. Brendan Byrne knocked in three runs with two hits. Charlie Smith crossed the plate twice. James Youssef was solid behind the plate, working with his battery mates Byrne and Pat Ayrovainen. Two days earlier, “the Fish” had a less dramatic win against the Walsh Properties Cubs. With Ayrovainen crossing the plate three times, the Marlins won 8-2. Ayrovainen rapped out two hits in four tries. John Kelly and Jason Machado also swung serious lumber for the victors. Byrne and Frankie Sebastiano teamed up on the hill to keep the Cubs bats in check. Nick Abernathy helped with a fine game in the field.
In other Pee Wee Senior action, the El Caribe A’s rode a five-run second inning to a 9-2 victory over the Empire Surgical Pirates. Jack Roventini and Philip Kelly Jr. had strong pitching performances for El Caribe. Roventini earned the game ball for throwing nearly two perfect innings, striking out six players. pitched well for the Pirates, but key hits by Marco Conti, Roventini, Gianluca Tornetti, Luca Perotta and Logan Basil doomed the Bucs. Luke Lizzi added strong defense for the A’s. Massino Valentino was a top fielder for the Pirates. His teammates Timmy Hayes and Kevin Murphy hit well in defeat.
On Tuesday afternoon, April 30th, the Arverne by the Sea Cardinals faced off against the Seaway Marine Corp Cubs in a Major Boys match-up. The Cubs jumped out to an early 2-0 lead behind a triple from John Mullen that drove in Danny Chavez and Joe O’Connor who had both drawn walks. Things were quiet until the third inning when O’Connor laced a single that drove in Robbie Rose for the Cubs third run. Cubs starter Timmy Connolly was putting up zeroes frame after frame but the well-coached Cardinals were working his pitch count very effectively with selective eyes at the plate, as well as fouling off many good pitches.
The Cubs then really broke things open in the fourth inning batting around and scoring seven runs on hits from Rose, Chavez, O’Connor, Connolly and Mullen along with Brian Keane and Griffin Skammel drawing key walks in the frame. O’Connor then came on in relief in the fifth and sixth and surrendered just a single run in each frame as the Cubs coasted to a 12-2 win. James Byrne and Chris Koenig did the heavy lifting for the Cardinals, each delivering base hits that led to runs.
In Major Girls’ action, the Knights of Columbus Buckeyes got their first win of the season by coming from behind to nip the previously undefeated Elite Productions Irish, 13-12. In earlier action, the Buckeyes had dropped a pair of 12-8 decisions to the Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder Gators. This season, the Major Girls are wearing college style uniforms. Instead of professional baseball teams, the squads are named after the University of Notre Dame (Irish), Ohio State University (Buckeyes) and the University of Florida (Gators).
DIAMOND DUST: No games are scheduled for Sunday, which is Mother’s Day. Thank you to all of the players’ mothers....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!
Taylor Scaccia, sporting the Major Girls’ new college-style uniform, breaks from second base and scores.
Brendan Jones pitching for the Empire Surgical Pirates brings against the El