2013-05-24 / Sports

Rockaway Little League Pennant Races Take Shape

Danny Cornish’s stand-up triple drove in two runs for the Cardinals against the Twins. Danny Cornish’s stand-up triple drove in two runs for the Cardinals against the Twins. Rockaway Little League has reached the Memorial Day break and in each of the seven competitive divisions/conferences, two teams are vying for the regular season title.

In Major Boys, the Seaway Marine Cubs and the AKB Security Giants are both undefeated, with the 5-0 Cubs just ahead of the 4-0-1 Giants. The Arverne By The Sea Cardinals are lurking two and one-half games back. The Fitzgerald Electric A’s are the 5-0 front runners in the Minors Boys – Surf conference with the Ram Title Orioles (4-1-1) nipped at their heels.

Meanwhile in the Turf conference, the Conte’s Carpets and Flooring Cardinals lead at 4-1 with the Wave Runners Pirates just a game behind. Pee Wee Seniors is also a two-conference division. The Servpro of NW Brooklyn Dodgers led the Surf with a league-best six wins. The Walsh Properties Cubs are chasing at 3-1-1. The Turf conference has a virtual tie between the 3-0 Breakwater Surf Marlins and the 4-1 Rockaway Properties Jays.

Sabrina Suarez lashes a hit to advance her teammate on first for the Goldfeder Gators. Sabrina Suarez lashes a hit to advance her teammate on first for the Goldfeder Gators. On the distaff side, the Elite Productions Irish (Notre Dame) hold a paper thin lead over the Goldfeder Gators (Florida). Each team has three wins with a loss to the Knights of Columbus Buckeyes (Ohio State) as the Gators only blemish. Meanwhile, the 5-0 Henry Myers Plumbing Angels have proved dominant in the Minor Girls division. Only the J&E Industries Dodgers are in striking distance at 3-2. Go to the Rockaway Little League website (www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com) for complete standings.

Three of the front runners solidified their position last week.

On Thursday, the Conte’s Carpets and Flooring Cardinals (Minor Boys – Turf conference) defeated the Servpro of NW Brooklyn Twins 8-5 in a tense game. Jason Sebastiano drove in Lenny Mannino with the first run of the game in the top of the first with a hard grounder down the third base line. Ryan Clark of the Cards saved a run on the play however when he made a terrific backhanded grab of the smash and threw across the diamond to Daniel Green who made the big stretch to just get Sebastiano. The Cards struck right back with four runs in the bottom of the inning highlighted by a two-run triple by Danny Cornish. The Twins fought back with two runs in the second inning and the Cards replied with three runs in the third, the big hits being a triple by Philly Benoit and a double by Cornish. Joe Mortellaro got the Twins back to within two in the fourth with a big two-out, two-RBI base hit.

Green shut out the Twins the final two innings for the save. Benoit pitched the first two innings for the win and Jack Lindon pitched the middle two for the hold. Sean Peter Mullen and Timmy Mills each pitched three for the Twins. Corey Schwach of the Cards had a solid game going 3 for 3 with three RBIs and a pickoff throw from his catching position in the sixth inning.

The Cardinals followed that victory with a 12-3 win over the Orlow Firm Diamondbacks on Saturday to improve to 4-1. Danny Cornish pitched three strong innings for the win. Daniel Green homered in the first and scored three times. Philly Benoit drove in four runs while Cornish and Gerard McManus drove in two each. Michael Caprio and Matt Rosenhaus drove in key runs. Brendan Dougherty and Nasar Khan started a big rally in the fourth inning. Corey Schwach recorded the final out with a terrific running catch in left field. Justin Zweifler, Jason Melero and Cory Davis handled the pitching for the Dbacks.

Also on Saturday, the Surf conference leading Fitzgerald Electric A’s put on an impressive display against the Ram Title Orioles. Kieran Smith and Thomas Resker each blasted two home runs. Brendan Connelly was 2-for-2 with two stolen bases. Dylan McLaren was solid behind the plate, calling signals for James Resker’s and Colin Byrne’s combined shutout.

In another Saturday matchup, the Major Boys leading Seaway Marine Corp Cubs took on the Metalmen Sales Diamondbacks. The early innings were owned by the hitters as the two teams slugged away at each other. For the Diamondbacks, Dylan Abernathy was on base three times and scored twice, David Berman had two hits and a run scored, and John Fabrizzio slammed a double and scored. Max Brown drew a key walk and later scored as well.

For the Cubs, Robbie Rose scored twice and Joe O’Connor, Griffin Skammel, John Mullen and Danny Chavez all scored as well. After only 2-1/2 innings of slugging it out, the Cubs led 7- 6 and no one would have guessed that would end up the final score but it did as Abernathy came on for the D’backs and pitched for scoreless frames, and Timmy Connolly came on for the Cubs to throw three shutout innings striking out eight of the nine batters he faced. Danny Chavez was the defensive star for the Cubs, making multiple putouts including an unassisted double play that squashed a second inning rally by the D’backs.

DIAMOND DUST: Memorial Day is this weekend. Please march with us to honor all of those who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend this country and our freedoms....Photo Days begin next week. Go to the Little League website www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com to find out when your child’s team is scheduled (June 1, 2 or 5) and to order your package in advance.

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