Saturday, April 21, kicked off another glorious Rockaway Little League (RLL) Opening Day at the fields of Fort Tilden. Under crisp sunny skies, RLL’s families came out to march and party. The march was led by drum and bagpipe duo, John McManus and Sean Thornton, our youngest players, who came out for our annual parade.

Master of Ceremonies Jimmy Smallman welcomed special guests, Assemblywoman Stacey Pheffer-Amato; Rockaway’s own Dan Brown, representing Queens Borough President Melinda Katz’s office; and City Comptroller, Scott Stringer. Thank you to our guests who all came out to wish our families a great season. RLL's president and founder, Marty Andresen offered welcoming words to all, presenting the first pitch to begin Challenger Division’s first game of the 2018 season.

Festivities included bounce rides and cotton candy for the kids, an all-you-can-eat barbeque and a special fundamentals clinic sponsored by the Scholars’ Academy Varsity Team. Pitching in to help out RLL’s most important fundraiser of the year were current and former Major Boys/Girls players, volunteering to help sell chances for the Chinese auction, assist in food prep and act as guides for our special guests. We’re fortunate to have our older teens come back year-after-year to help out!

Leading off a big weekend of Opening Day games, Ryan Wiley of the Empire Unlimited MNB Angels enjoyed one of his best games, scoring, driving in runs and stealing two bases. The Angels went on to win their Friday afternoon game 5-4 over the Allstate Rockaway Park MNB Dodgers. Speaking of Angels, a big way-to-go to the Walsh Management PWS Angels winning their Sunday game 10-0 over the ABLE Discovery Center for Children’s Diamondback. The Angels had a lot to celebrate as they marked a 3-0 winning record this season.

Congrats to Curran’s Meat’s MJB Cubs for their Wednesday 11-6 win over DriveSafe Auto Center’s Orioles. Pee Wee Sr. Baseball division enjoyed a close game with Walsh Management Angels win 7-6 over the A.O.H. Division 21 Athletics. Great game boys!  

The spring weather is not the only thing heating up as our Major Girls’ Softball division is getting cooking with teams Lana’s Loft Bobcats (coached by Rob Rose and Donald Powell), and Lola Star’s Pioneers, (coached by Carolyn Nicholson and Heather Belovin) each savoring a 2-1 record so far for this 2018 season. In Minor Girl’s division, Walsh Properties’ Eagles kept it hot celebrating their 10-3 win over Elegante’s Firebirds. While the challenge was on, all girls played with great sportsmanship and a fun time was had by all.

Our Pee Wee Girls and Boys T-Ball divisions continue to delight coaches and parents alike while kids are having fun learning baseball fundamentals and the values of good sportsmanship. RLL is quite fortunate to have supportive parents jumping in to support our youngest team – great family fun for all!  (Photos by Dan Brown and Paul King)

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