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THURSDAY, APRIL 21, 2016
The Rockaway Times
Rockaway Little League
THRILLING OPENING WEEKEND
Mother Nature poured sun-
shine over Rockaway Little
League’s annual Opening Day
celebration and the players re-
sponded with great fun on the
rides and great action on the
ball field.
Three teams raced out to 3-0
starts; the Henry Myers Plumb-
ing & Heating Diamondbacks
and the Slices and Ices Reds in
Pee Wee Seniors and the Gray-
beards’ Bonnies in Major Girls.
The start to the Bonnies’ sea-
son has been particularly excit-
ing with two one-run victories
and a come-from-behind tri-
umph. On April 14, the Gray-
beards’ girls edged the Walsh
Properties Flippers 9-8. Three
days later, they nosed past the
St. John’s Episcopal Hospi-
tal Tigers 11-10. In between,
on Opening Day, the Bonnies
used a seven-run inning to
surge past the Knights of Co-
lumbus Hilltoppers. The K of
C squad responded gamely but
fell 13-9. Clearly, there is very
even talent among the teams in
the Major Girls division.
Throughout this early sea-
son salvo, the Bonnies were
bolstered by fantastic pitching
from Alex Cook and Tori Mul-
len. Kiera Price, Jenna Colle-
ran, Kaitlyn Nestor and Caitlin
Mullen backed their hurlers
with exceptional fielding. On
offense, Bridget Donnelley,
Emma Murray and AJ Crowley
were outstanding. The coaches
would like to give special ac-
knowledgement to the two 4th
graders on team --Caitlin Mul-
len and Kaitlyn Nestor-- who
proved they have what it takes
to play in the Majors division.
Game balls went to Jillian Sch-
neider, Tori Mullen and Kaitlyn
Nestor for outstanding games.
Opening Day was home to
several other one-run nail-bit-
ers in four different divisions. In
Major Boys, the Ridgewood Sav-
ings Bank Athletics nipped the
Jameson’s Pub Reds 9-8 while
in Minor Boys the El Caribe
Caterers Reds edged the Ozane
Pest Management Orioles by
the same score. There was also
a pair of 6-5 games. The Mc-
Manus Mechanical Buckeyes
got past the Denis S. O’Connor
Huskies in Minor Girls and the
first place Slices and Ices Reds
squeaked past the East Meets
West Giants in Pee Wee Seniors.
RLL’s new code of conduct
or “We Will” pledge was on
full display last weekend. Be-
fore each competitive game, a
player or coach read, “Thank
you for the chance to play the
great American game with my
friends and neighbors. During
the game: We Will... Play fair;
We Will... Root for our team-
mates; We Will... Respect our
opponents; We Will... Respect
coaches and umpires; We
Will... Always do our best, win
or lose. And when the game is
over, We Will shake hands - win
or lose.” It is part of RLL’s on-
going effort to teach the right
life lessons to Rockaway’s chil-
dren.
Prior to the game action on
Saturday, April 16, Rockaway
Little League held its annual
“Opening Day” celebration.
Hundreds of children and par-
ents participated in the parade
of teams. State Senator Joe
Addabbo addressed the crowd
and showed his athleticism in
catching the ceremonial first
pitch. A representative for As-
semblyman Phil Goldfeder,
sponsor of the Tee Ball Royals,
also spoke. League president
Marty Andresen sent his annu-
al good wishes to all players,
coaches, parents and umpires.
Per tradition, the Challenger
Division played the first game
of the day. Tee Ball got started
shortly thereafter with the Bar-
toli Chiropractic Orioles taking
on the Casino Auto Body A’s.
As always, Field 5 was reserved
for bounce houses, food and
a baseball demonstration by
the Scholars Academy team.
More than 500 partook in these
events. It was a great way to
mark the 2016 season.
DIAMOND DUST: Friday,
June 17 is Rockaway Little
League night at Citi Field. Tick-
ets for the Mets-Braves game
are $0 each. Everyone gets a
Mets t-shirt that night and all
the little leaguers get to go out
on the field prior to the game
as long as they wear their little
league jerseys...RLL thanks the
many, many generous people
and businesses who donat-
ed prizes to our raffle, includ-
ing The Wharf, Uncle Louie G,
Kennedy’s, Whit’s End, Uma’s,
Rockaway WISH, Belle Harbor
Steak House, Blue Bungalow,
Lola Star, Dalton’s, Shannon
Florist, All Seasons Studio,
Chrissy’s Photography, Perla,
Lana’s Loft, Gliders and Rock-
away Artists Alliance.