2014-04-18 / Sports

MJB Twins Post Back-To-Back Comebacks

Home Sweet Home: An Angel from Minor Girls is happy to be safe at the plate. Home Sweet Home: An Angel from Minor Girls is happy to be safe at the plate. As Rockaway Little League awaits its annual “Opening Day Gala” on April 26, the action on the field last week was filled with nail-biters, highlighted by two late-inning comebacks by the Phil Goldfeder Twins; one for a tie and the other for a victory.

On Thursday, the Twins (Major Boys) fell behind the Ozone Pest Management Dodgers 8-1 as the Dodgers belted seven extra base hits over the first three innings. Ethan Hanft’s bases-loaded double in the 1st and Jason Sebastiano’s two-run double in the 3rd were the big blows. The Twins managed only two runs off Dodger starter James Byrne. After Twins reliever Dylan Abernethy came on in the 4th and shut down the Dodgers, the Twins rallied for six runs in the 5th with the big blows being Harry Charles’ triple to bring in Liam Rayder with the first run of the inning and Chris McElhinney’s two-run triple to tie the game. In the bottom of the 6th, the Twins loaded the bases with two outs. The Dodgers brought in reliever Chris Koenig to try and get the final out and Daniel Green’s short fly to right was caught by second baseman Timmy Vega to seal the tie.

Tori Mullen snares an infield popup before double the runner off first base. Tori Mullen snares an infield popup before double the runner off first base. On Sunday, the Twins spotted the Metalmen Sales Angels two runs in the 2nd but starter Brian MacDonald’s strong five-inning performance and solid team defense kept the game close. Defensive highlights were catcher Liam Rayder’s two tag outs at home on third baseman Terence Moriarty’s charge, scoop and flip and a fine relay play from left fielder Charles to shortstop Green to home. The Twins also turned a nifty 1-6-3 double play from MacDonald to Green to Abernethy. The Angels’ Ryan Meade kept the Twins off the scoreboard for three innings but they exploded for five runs in the 4th as Corey Schwach started the inning with a single and scored on Green’s triple. Green tied the score by stealing home, The Twins then loaded the bases and Rayder cleared them with a three-RBI triple. The Angels rallied for a run in the 5th and loaded the bases with one out in the 6th. McElhinney then came in to pitch and slammed the door by striking out two, both with a full count.

He's...Out: Runner and first baseman stretch for the bag in Minor Boys action. He's...Out: Runner and first baseman stretch for the bag in Minor Boys action. In Minor Girls, the Graybeards Orioles won a close match against American Legion Angels. Both teams exhibited fantastic pitching --Tori Mullen and Abbey Tubridy for O’s; Nicole Moran, Diane Erhardt and Mikayla Kennedy for Angels. There was exceptional defense all around, especially Kelsie and Kiera Price and Nicole Moran. Maria Morley and Johanna Shilling had perfect days at the plate. Tori Mullen’s three-run homer was the difference in a close game.

Back in Major Boys, The Orlow Firm Cubs beat the Orioles 4-3 in what turned out to be a nail biting finish. The Cubs jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first inning when Jake Mackoff rapped a single off of starting pitcher James Tuohy, driving in Dave Berman and Brian Keane for the first two runs of the game. The game remained a pitchers dual between Reid Heyman and Philly Benoit for the Cubs, and James Tuohy and Billy Reyes for the Orioles, until the Orioles scored a run in the top half of the 5th inning to make the game 2-1.

The Cubs added what appeared to be insurance runs in the bottom half of the 5th, when Matt McDade walked to open the inning and moved to second when Jake Mackoff reached on an error. Reid Heyman came up and hit a hard shot inside the 3rd base bag driving in two runs and ending up on third base, making the score 4-1.

With one out in the top of the sixth, three consecutive singles and a ground out made the score 4-3. With the go ahead run 90 feet away, Jake Mackoff overthrew the third baseman into left field. James Tuohy was coming home with the tying run when the left fielder, Max Brown, handled the overthrow and fired a strike back to Jake Mackoff, cutting down the tying run at home and preserving the victory for the Cubbies.

DIAMOND DUST: RLL’s annual Season Opening Gala Celebration will take place on Saturday, April 26. There will be food, music, rides, raffles, the parade of teams and, of course, baseball. Tickets will be available for purchase online soon...Rockaway Little League will also use this event to “pay it forward.” We will collect gently used baseball equipment for donation to Pitch In For Baseball. PIFB is the organization that organized a huge donation of new and used equipment to Rockaway in the wake of Superstorm Sandy. PIFB will distribute our donations to other Little Leagues that have suffered natural disasters and the like.

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