Buckeyes Rebound With RLL Win
Injuries and the schedule were slanted against the Knights of Columbus Buckeyes in the last week of action before the Memorial Day break but the Ohio State squad rallied to salvage one game in Major Girl’s softball.
The Buckeyes faced a tough week with three games and a shorthanded team, with two injured players and one sick. The team sent its best wishes to sidelined stars Emily Frerks, Cassidy Hanft and Marie-Elise Piccione. All three players are sorely missed both on and off the field.
Tuesday, May 21st, pitted the Buckeyes against the Elite Productions Irish. The Irish bats were explosive, including two in-the-park home runs by Hannah Nicholson and Bella Grillo. Samantha Rom, Ann Veluzzi, Ginna Grillo, Kathleen Walker and Victoria Meier accounted for the six runs scored by The Buckeyes for a 20-6 loss.
Two days later, the Buckeyes tried to bounce back against the Goldfeder Gators. Mary Haley stepped up to pitch the game and kept the walks down to just four, caught one pop-up and assisted on three putouts by Kathleen Walker at first base. Samantha Rom scored three times with two singles and a triple with three RBIs. Mary Conroy picked up the team’s first home run of the season and grabbed an RBI single. Gianna Grillo caught a fly and fielded two outs to Victoria Meier at second base and two outs to Samantha Rom at third. The Gator bats were very strong in the first and sixth innings giving them 11 runs added to their other five runs, giving the Buckeyes a 16-8 loss.
The last game of the week for the Buckeyes was Saturday, May 25th, against Notre Dame. The Buckeyes held their own with a team of only eight players. The Irish started shaking things up in the first inning, outscoring the Buckeyes 7-4. They added two in the second inning and two in the third. Notre Dame seemed destined to sweep the home-and-home series. However, the Buckeyes defense soared with Maggie Brady catching a fly ball at second and Ann Velluzzi catching another two. Mary Conroy pitched the third through fifth innings, securing two strikeouts and fielding a pop up and two to Ann Velluzzi at first. Katie Wrynn did a great job as catcher all three games and scored twice with an RBI on Saturday. The girls showed tremendous heart as they took this game 13-11.
In Major Boys action, the titans of the division finally met to close out the first half of the season. Last Thursday evening, May 23rd, with gloomy skies over the fields and a brisk 25 mile per hour wind to contend with, the Seaway Marine Corp Cubs took on the AKB Security Giants in a battle for first place. The visiting Cubs struck first as Robbie Rose laced a base hit and then swiped second base and third base. Joe O’Connor drove him home on an RBI groundout. The Giants bounced right back in their half of the frame to take a 2-1 lead on Felix Cepeda’s bomb of a double that missed going out by only a foot or so. That drove in Jimmy Durante and John Resker who had reached base on a HBP and base hit, respectively. Giants’ starter Brendan Gallagher kept the Cubs in check in top of the second inning. In their half, the Giants erupted for five runs to break the game open. Andrew Erhard, Marino Falcone, Richie Hennessy, Durante and Resker all reached based and scored for the Giants in the inning. The Cubs chipped away in the third, as Timmy Connolly followed O’Connor’s booming double by launching a home run over the centerfield fence. TJ Powderly and Griffin Skammel were able to score later runs for the Cubs, but they were matched by runs scored by Hennessy and Durante. The Giants ultimately prevailed 9-5 as Gallagher went the whole way for the win. The Giants (5- 0-2) grabbed first at the halfway point with the Cubs (5-1) right behind.
DIAMOND DUST: Thank you to everyone who marched with RLL on Memorial Day. It is important for our children to learn about and honor those who died protecting America....Photo Days begin this week. Go to the Little League website www.rockawaylittle leagueny.com to find out when your child’s team is scheduled (June 1, 2 or 5) and to order your package in advance.