2013-06-21 / Sports

All-Stars Shine In RLL Home Stretch

Mikayla Kennedy speeds around third in the Minor Girls pitch, hit and run content. Mikayla Kennedy speeds around third in the Minor Girls pitch, hit and run content. After days of rain and rainouts, Rockaway Little League’s annual All-Star Friday, June 14th, highlighted an action packed weekend as teams battled for position ahead of this week’s playoffs.

The Major Boys’ All-Star game was a thriller. With the talent evenly distributed across the two teams, a great, tight game ensued.

The “Surfer Dudes” used a five-run fourth inning to jump out to a 6-1 lead. Robbie Rose had two hits and scored two runs, and Ryan Duffy had a two-RBI base hit for the Dudes.

Meanwhile, the “Turf Cowboys” battled back scoring a run in the fifth and then three in the final frame to pull within a run. Rose was able to induce the last out though, and the Dudes had a 6-5 victory. Jim Durante, Parker Starr, Will Warnock, and Richie Hennessy all scored for the Cowboys. A raucous pizza party broke out immediately after the game as well!

Pitcher winds up to deliver in Minor Boys All-Star Game. Pitcher winds up to deliver in Minor Boys All-Star Game. In lieu of an All-Star game, a Pitch- Hit-Run Competition brought out the best of the best in the Girls Major and Minor Softball divisions. In addition to the competition where each player got to show off her talents, Molloy College graduate pitching powerhouse Katie Scotko ran a clinic introducing the participants to windmill style pitching.

Each participant pitched for accuracy, hit for distance and ran for speed. After adding up the scores, winners from the Majors Division were Morgan Connolly and Mary Haley. Bridget Rose, Bridget Donnelly, Beth Dunne and Victoria Mullen got top honors for the Minors Division. Sarah Haley and Caitlin Mullen received Honorable Mention. The other competitors included Alexandra Conaboy, Mikayla Kennedy, Caleigh Murphy, Charlotte Spaeth, Caroline Spaeth, CeCe Agoglia, Rosalina Martinez, Lizzie Sullivan and Angela Rodriguez.

Ump? Catcher and base runner await ruling in Minor Boys All-Star Game. He’s safe. Ump? Catcher and base runner await ruling in Minor Boys All-Star Game. He’s safe. In regular season softball action, the Minor Girls DJ’s at Work Athletics were home against the Keating Realty Orioles on an overcast Father’s Day morning.

These two teams had not played each other since very early in the season. The Orioles played them tough in their opening game back in April and had high hopes that they could notch their second victory of the year. The Orioles top of the lineup started with a strong first inning by scoring two runs. Colleen Bambury, Kaitlyn Potter and Jillian Schneider each contributed. Strong defense by Maisie Courtney, Danielle Stamos and Kate Hayes kept the Orioles in the game. The pitching of Colleen Bambury, Kaitlyn Potter and Fiona Mullin, combined with strong catching by Bridget Donnelley, yielded only three runs to a strong hitting A’s team. Caleigh Murphy and Maria Morley swung the bat well but the Orioles were shut out for the next four innings.

The Orioles entered the top of the sixth inning down by a run. Katey Celentano led off with a walk. Later in the inning she outran the second baseman to the base on a fielder’s choice so the O’s had runners on first and second with one out. The top of the order continued the inning with strong bats again, but unfortunately the O’s left the bases loaded without a score making the final score 3- 2. The Orioles are looking forward to the playoffs so they can show the other teams how much they have improved over the season.

The tumultuous weather the past few weeks caused massive rescheduling of games throughout the divisions. With the need to get the playoffs started and the season ending prior to July 4th, many teams ended up having to play multiple games this week. The Seaway Marine Corp Cubs faced off on Wednesday afternoon, June 12th, against the Arverne by the Sea Cardinals in a rare RLL Doubleheader. In the first game, the Cubs jumped out to an 8-2 lead after four innings as Brian Keane and Griffin Skammel each had base hits and scored twice. The Cards came roaring back in the 6th though, as they plated four runs and had the bases loaded before making their last out with the Final score standing 8-6 for the Cubs. James Byrne and Chris Koenig had two hits and two runs scored each, and Will Warnock and Ryan Fitzgerald scored as well for the Cards.

In the second game, the Cards turned the tables and jumped out to an 8-1 lead. Parker Starr, John Baroudos, and Will Warnock each had hits and scored multiple runs for the Cards. Timmy Connolly pulled the Cubs to within four runs by crushing a three-run homerun over the left field fence, but the Cards extended the lead in the fifth inning, and cruised to an 11-5 victory.

On Saturday morning, June 15th, the Cubs then faced the Able Discovery Center for Children Orioles. The undermanned Cubs were missing several boys and had to try to get through the game with just seven players. The baseball gods of course intervened and ensured that many balls found areas where no one was playing. The Orioles scored multiple runs in the middle innings to grab a 10-4 lead after four innings. Kevin Connelly had two hits and two runs scored. Terence Mullin, Darrin LaMantia, Brendan MacDonald and Daniel Schluger all scored for the O’s as well. Joe O’Connor slammed a double and scored three times for the Cubs, and Timmy Connolly launched a two-run homerun over the fence in centerfield in the fifth to get the Cubs back in it. Schluger snuffed a potential Cubs rally in the last inning, making a great play on a long fly ball to centerfield to end the game. Paul Willoughby and JJ Moran handled the pitching duties for the O’s.

On Sunday morning, June 16th, the Cubs played their fourth game in five days as they battled the Orlow Firm Diamondbacks. Needing a win to finish the season at 8-4 and secure a critical Bye in the playoffs, the Cubs found themselves in a quick 2-0 hole after the D’Backs batted in the top of the first. Nicholas Giannios Donohue, Jacob Mackoff and Jack Casey all showed great patience and drew walks. Their patience was rewarded when Dylan Abernathy slammed a 2-RBI base hit. The Cubs didn’t panic though, scoring eight runs of their own over the next two innings as Robbie Rose and Joe O’Connor had two hits and two runs scored each. Griffin Skammel slammed two doubles, and John Mullen and Patrick Watters had key hits for the Cubs who eventually won 9-3 to secure their well-earned play- off bye.

DIAMOND DUST: The playoffs have begun! Please come to Ft. Tilden and root for all of our young athletes...Rockaway Little League Night at the Brooklyn Cyclones is this Sunday, June 23rd at 5:00 p.m. 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 at rmills248@gmail.com for more information. For up-to-date standings and schedules, go to the Little League website www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com and click on the icon for the Spring 2013 Schedule....MLB Fan- Fest hits New York City for five days leading up to the All-Star Game at Citi- Field. All RLL families are entitled to discount tickets to the FanFest event at Jacob Javits Center.

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