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THURSDAY, MAY 26, 2016
The Rockaway Times
Rockaway Little League Report
STRETCH RUN UNDERWAY
As teams entered the “far
turn” of the 2016 Rockaway Lit-
tle League season, key games
last week determined positions
for the stretch run. Among the
important contests were the
Slices ‘n Ices Reds win over the
Henry Myers Plumbing Dia-
mondbacks in Pee Wee Seniors
and the Curran’s Meats Irish
triumph over the McManus
Mechanical Buckeyes in Minor
Girls.
The Pee Wee Senior division
has had one of the more inter-
esting pennant races with the
Diamondbacks and Reds far
ahead of the field, neck-and-
neck at 6-1-1. The Reds pulled
away to win 7-3 and grab a one-
game lead. The Irish already
had a one-game lead in Minor
Girls and scored a more signif-
icant victory, 18-3, to gain firm
control over first place.
Pitcher Danielle Tansey led
the way for the Curran’s Irish,
shutting out the Buckeyes in
first three innings. Catcher Sa-
mantha Murray caught a foul
ball to end the third inning and
then ended the game in the
field with a tag at second base.
Alexandra Caruso hit three line
drives to bring in five runs to-
tal. Shortstop Devon Conrath,
a.k.a. Strawberry, got a base hit
every inning and then closed
the game out in the last inning
as pitcher. Veronica Chasnoff,
first base, made several great
catches for outs. All the Irish
girls played well together, pull-
ing together as a team and
backing each other up in the
field including Ella Kinzie (third
base), Gianna Memoli (second
base), and our great outfielders
Elle Fina, Hayden Hutchby and
Lauren Owens.
Meanwhile, the St. John’s
Episcopal Hospital Blue Devils
surged into a second-place tie
with the McManus Buckeyes
via two exciting wins. On May
20, the Blue Devils prevailed
in a nail-biter, 15-9, against
the first-place Irish. St. John’s
got impressive defense at first
base by Delaney Somerville.
Carly Intrabartolo hit a dou-
ble bringing in two runs fol-
lowed by continuously strong
hitting by Mary Doyle. Three
strong innings pitched by Nora
Tubridy were followed by Car-
ly Intrabartolo shutting down
the final three outs. Earlier,
the Blue Devils took down the
Denis S. O’Connor Huskies 12-
5. Riley Mills went 3-for-3 with
some great hits. Jacqueline
Doda and Shea McKeefrey had
some fierce hits. Delaney Som-
merville pitched three strong
innings, keeping the Huskies
at bay. Payton Sheridan, as
always, was impressive in the
field and at bat.
Meanwhile in Major Girls, St.
John’s Episcopal Hospital Tigers
played two pivotal and tightly
contested games. On Satur-
day, the Tigers rallied past the
Stop & Shop Pandas, 8-5. Alisa
Mastrandrea made her pitch-
ing debut and it was gem. The
Pandas got out in front early but
once again the Tigers defense
stepped up with some key plays
fromNoelle Cook and Alex Con-
aboy. Abbey Tubridy came in to
save the game, limiting to the
Pandas to one run. It was a team
effort offensively to get back
into the game. On Sunday, the
Tigers fell 9-7 to the first-place
Graybeards Bonnies in a very
close and intense game.
In all but one instance oppos-
ing pitchers held the offense to
three or less runs in a frame, in
fact giving up zero runs in six
of the 12 half innings at bat. It
was a testament to the excellent
pitching for both teams. For
the Tigers it was Abbey Tubridy,
Maeve Murnan and Fiona
Mullen shined on the hill. For
the Bonnies, it was Alex Cook,
Bridget Donnelly, Kiera Price
and Tori Mullen.
Spectacular plays were made
in the field to back up the strong
pitching performances. Maeve,
Fiona, Alisa Mastrandrea and
NoelleCookwere very strong for
the tigers while Tori, Alex and
Kiera were equally stubborn.
The gem of the game goes to
Jenna Colleran who channeled
her inner Cespedes by throwing
out a runner from right field at
third base on a fly.
Game ball went to Caitlin
Mullen who continues to play
consistently in the field and at
the plate. This game featured
four future stars of RLL: Lauren
D’Orazio, Alli D’Orazio, Kaitlyn
Nestor and Caitlin Mullen. All
are 4th graders proving each
game they can hang with the
“big girls.”
DIAMONDDUST: Please plan
on marching with RLL at Rocka-
way’s annual Memorial Day pa-
rade on Monday. Players should
wear their uniform shirts and
caps. We muster at 11:15 near St.
Francis de Sales church.
(This report was submitted by
the Rockaway Little League).