Four Teams Crowned on RLL Championship Weekend
Last Saturday, June 29th, the Breakwater Surf Marlins (PWS), Henry Myers Plumbing Angels (MNG), Fitzgerald Electric Athletics (MNB) and Elite Productions Irish (MJG) earned championships in Rockaway Little League post-season action. (Game three of the Major Boys championship was rained out. The rescheduled finale was played too late for this edition.)
The Pee Wee Senior championship game was the most competitive. The Walsh Properties Cubs, who secured their place in the finals with a walk-off win in the semis, scored two in the first inning. The Breakwater Surf Marlins answered with two in the second. An outstanding pitching duel followed. The score remained tied until the bottom of the fifth inning when the Marlins push across two more runs. Brendan Byrne closed the door on the Cubs, locking up the Marlins 4-2 victory. Frankie Sebastiano was a solid starting pitcher for the Fish and added an RBI hit. Byrne went 2-for-3 with and RBI and a run scored. Pat Ayrovainen swung the biggest bat with three hits, two doubles and two RBIs. Nick Abernathy caught a great game and reached base all three times. John Kelly was outstanding in the infield with two great plays.
Minor Girls softball saw the Henry Myers Plumbing Angels clinch the championship series with a decisive 9-0 win after squeezing out a 2-1 win in the opener against the DJ’s at Work A’s. In the finale, the Angels raced out to a 6-0 lead. The A’s were hoping to making a late run but Bridget Rose led off the last inning with a home run and Morgan Connolly followed with a massive ground-rule double to centerfield, sparking a back-breaking three-run rally. Connolly closed out the win with her third shutout inning.
The Minor Boys championship game also saw the eventual champs race out to a big lead. The undefeated E. Fitzgerald Electric A’s from the Surf Conference scored three times in the opening inning on their way to opening up a 13-0 lead against the Turf Conference winners, the Conte’s Carpets and Flooring Cardinals. The Resker brothers led the way for the A’s as Tom went 5-for-5 with three extra base hits, four runs and four RBIs and brother James had three hits and three RBIs. They also combined for five scoreless innings on the mound. Kieran Conaghan (3-for-4) and Dylan McLaren each drove in two and Colin Byrne scored three times. Kyle Duffy went 2-for-4 and Bobby Dalton was solid in the field. Despite trailing by 13 runs in their last at bat, the Cards showed the fighting spirit that got them to the championship game by staging a furious rally in the sixth inning, scoring six times and having the bases loaded with the top of the lineup coming up when the A’s finally recorded the third out.
The Cardinals reached the championship game by defeating the Friends of Kenny Coffey Giants 11-3 in the Turf Conference finals. The Giants jumped out 1-0 in the top of the first when Ian Byrne doubled in Mike Duffy with a blast to center. The Cards came back with two in the bottom of the inning as Corey Schwach and Philly Benoit each drove in a run. Cards starting pitcher Benoit worked out of a jam in the second when he struck out the side leaving the bases loaded with Giants. The Cards took advantage of that by exploding for five runs in the second with Nasar Kahn and Jack Lindon driving in a run each. With two outs and the bases loaded, Schwach got the game’s big hit with a three-run triple to right field.
The Giants fought back in the top of the third when Mike Tuffey drove in two runs with a solid base hit. But the rally was snuffed when Cards catcher Gerard McManus pounced on a slow roller in front of the plate and gunned out the batter at first. The Cards scored four more times in the third with Michael Caprio collecting the key hit with a two- RBI single. From there Daniel Green came in to pitch and recorded nine strikeouts as he shut out the Giants over the final three innings to preserve the win.
Meanwhile, on an adjacent field, the A’s qualified for the championship game by beating the Servpro of Northwest Brooklyn Twins 11-1 in the Surf Conference finals. James Resker went 3-for- 4 with three runs scored. Dylan McLaren was 2-for-3 as was Kyle Duffy who also rapped out a triple. Michael Potter was solid in the field.
Major Girls softball had a 2-of-3 championship series that went the distance. The Elite Productions Irish prevailed 6-4 over the Knights of Columbus Buckeyes in the well-played finale. The Buckeyes had a tough inning in the field early, spotting Notre Dame five runs. They battened down the hatches after that, limiting the Irish lumber to one more run. Trailing 6-0 in the sixth inning, Ohio State showed heart by plating four runs. The Irish, who had captured the regular season title, held on for the victory.
Morgan Connolly closed out the Angels victory over the A’s in Minor Girls Softball.