MJB Cubs Extend Win Streak
As the Rockaway Little League pennant races heat up, no team is hotter than the Orlow Firm Cubs in Major Boys, who mounted a sixth-inning comeback to defeat the Metalmen Sales Angels, 3-2, last Thursday. It was their sixth consecutive win, and with a record of 9-2, the Cubs own the best record in the division.
The Angels got on the board first, with Kevin Erhard knocking a leadoff triple that rolled to the outfield wall.
The next three batters walked to make the score 1-0. On the mound, Erhard held the Cubs in check until the top of the third inning, when Jake Mackoff delivered the first hit of the game for the Cubs. Jake proceeded to steal second base, and then stole third. He later scored on a groundout by Reid Heyman to tie the game, 1-1.
The Angels came right back with another run in the bottom of the fourth to break the tie, when Erhard drove in a run with a one-out double, scoring Daniel Summeral to make the score 2- 1. The score remained that way until the top of the sixth inning. Consecutive hits by Mackoff and Heyman placed runners at first and second with no one out. Mackoff stole third base and raced home on an overthrow by the catcher into left field, also scoring Heyman on the play, to make the score 3-2. Matt Mc- Cabe worked a 1-2-3 final frame to preserve the win for the Cubs.
In previous action, the Orlow Cubs defeated the Orioles by a score of 8-2. The game featured five solid innings of pitching by Jack Casey. Casey gave up two hits and struck out eight batters. Mc- Cabe came in to close the game with a scoreless sixth inning, striking out the side.
The scoring started after the Orioles recorded two straight outs in the bottom of the first, but two errors allowed Mc- Cabe to drive in the first two runs of the game with a base hit.
The Orioles tied the ballgame in the bottom of the fourth, but when the Cubs came to the plate in the bottom of the frame, they added three more runs, with Jack McDade singling home the third run for the Cubs. Mackoff hit a double to right center field to chase home two more runs to make the score 5-2. Max Brown put the game out of reach in the bottom of the fifth inning with a towering shot over the center field fence for a three-run homer and first place for the Cubbies.
In Minor Boys, the Elite Productions Dodgers are also a red-hot leader of the pack. The boys in blue pounded out 20 runs in a win against the Servpro Orioles. Eddie Coyne had a huge game for the victors. He was 4-for-4 with a grand slam and six RBIs. Christian Banker also went yard while John Piccone drove in four runs with two base hits. Charlie Smith crossed the plate twice and was solid in the field. Aiden McCormack and Albert Meyer were the beneficiaries of the output. Both pitched well.
Diamond Dust: The league sends its get well wishes to Donato Somerville who injured his knee stealing third last Saturday. …The annual All-Star games will be held for each division this Thursday and Friday (today). For updated standings and schedules, go to www.rockawaylittleleagueny.com.