2013-06-14 / Sports

Little League Angels Soar

Kelly Erhard rips a double but her Orioles fell to the Dodgers in Minor Girls. Kelly Erhard rips a double but her Orioles fell to the Dodgers in Minor Girls. The Henry Myers Plumbing Angels reached a perfect 10 last weekend to grab complete control of the Minor Girls regular season while the race is tightening in Major Boys with the A’s and Cardinals closing ground on the Cubs and Giants.

On Sunday, June 9th, the Angels continued their winning ways by beating the DJ’s at Work A’s by a score of 11-1. It started out as a 1-1 pitcher’s duel after three innings with the Angels’ Tori Mullen (three K’s) and the A’s Mikayla Kennedy (six K’s) blowing through the oppositions batting order. This was especially impressive as Tori pitched for the first time and Mikayla had only limited experience on the mound.

Great job by the coaches in preparing these youngsters for prime time.

In the 4th and 5th innings, the flood gates opened for the Angels. Bridget Rose (2 for 3 with a HR and a triple), Morgan Connolly (2 for 3 with a HR and a single), Jackie Piccione (2 for 3 with 2 singles) and Alexandra Conaboy (3 for 3 with 3 singles) led the way. Rosalina Martinez, CeCe Agoglia, Noreen George and Lizzie Sullivan had some timely hits as well. Beth Dunn and Johanna Schilling flashed the leather and made great defensive plays.

Ohio State ace Ann Velluzi pitches with runner on third for first place Notre Dame in Major Girls. Ohio State ace Ann Velluzi pitches with runner on third for first place Notre Dame in Major Girls. For the A’s, Abbey Tubridy pitched for the first time and was solid in relief. Margaret Murray, Sofia Knoetgen and Jenna Colleran were solid at the plate and were on base all game but the A’s just couldn’t push the runs through when needed. The Angels are now 10-0 and have clinched first in their division.

Last Saturday, June 8th, the Seaway Marine Corp Cubs went into their contest with the AKB Security Giants looking to avenge the loss they suffered in their last matchup that knocked them out of first place in the Division. The Giants jumped out to an early lead as Jimmy Durante walked, moved to third on a base-hit by John Resker, and scored on a fielder’s choice by Brendan Gallagher.

The Cubs rallied back though, scoring eight unanswered runs throughout the next three innings as Brian Keane, John Mullen, Patrick Watters and Danny Chavez all contributed key atbats. Timmy Connolly and TJ Powderly handled the Pitching for the Cubs, as they exacted their revenge and regained first place in the Division with a final score victory of 8-2. Alphonse Catanese and Durante were the hitting stars for the Giants in the game.

On Tuesday evening, June 4th, the Cubs took on the Walsh Management A’s for the first time this season. While the A’s stand in 4th place in the Division, they have plenty of talent and the Cubs knew they would have their hands full. That turned out to be the case, as the A’s erupted in the top of the first to take a 5-0 lead with Brian MacDonald, Ryan Duffy, Ethan Hanft, Matty Ostrander and Brett Davidson all scoring for the A’s.

The Cubs then settled down and began to chip away at the lead as Robbie Rose, Joe O’Connor, Griffin Skammel, and Powderly all scored for the Cubs. Timmy Connolly slammed a home run and two doubles with four RBIs as the Cubs fought back to tie it 6- 6 in the 4th inning.

The A’s were just as resilient though, scoring five runs in the 5th and 6th innings to seal the victory 11-7. Donato Sommerville pitched three quality innings to earn the win for the A’s. The Cubs retain their tenuous hold on first place, while the A’s appear to be a very dangerous opponent as the playoffs loom in the next couple of weeks.

DIAMOND DUST: Rockaway Little League Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones is Sunday, June 23 at 5:00. Our players will receive a free Cyclones souvenir cap, stand on the field with the players during the National Anthem and run the bases of MCU Park after the game. Contact Richie Mills (rmills248@gmail.com) for more information....For up-todate standings and schedules, go to the Little League website (www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com) and click on the icon for the Spring 2013 Schedule.

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