Little League Recap


Big Turnout For RLL Pitch, Hit and Run Contest

Before last Saturday’s monsoon wiped out weekend games, there was a lot of baseball on Friday night at Ft. Tilden, highlighted by Major League Baseball’s Pitch, Hit & Run competition.  Several of our boys and girls competed with 15 advancing to the Sectional round on May 20.  The players who are advancing are:

For the girls: 7/8-year-old bracket - Maryann Polanco, 9/10-year-old bracket - Noelle Poland, and 11/12-year-old bracket - Peyton Kalisak. For the boys, Nicholas Donovan was our all-around champion in the 7/8-year-old bracket with Anthony Gennaro and Dylan Pye qualifying for pitching and Calvin Zwerling for hitting. In the 9/10-year-old bracket, Tristan Can was the all-around champion with Thomas Connors and Owen Conti qualifying for pitching, Colin Courtney for hitting, and Anthony Farina for running. Bobby Benoit was the all-around champion for 11/12-year-old boys with Ben Gressel advancing for hitting and George Hance Jr. for running. Congratulations to all of Rockaway Little League’s winners! Good luck in the next round.

Pitch, Hit & Run (PHR) is a national skills competition run by Major League Baseball and sponsored by Scotts. Participants compete to advance through four levels of competition including Locals, Sectionals, Team Championships and the National Finals. The local Team Championships will be held at Citi Field, home of the New York Mets. Winners of the Team Championship round advance to the Finals held during MLB’s All-Star Week at Miami Marlins Park in July. All expenses are paid.

In league action, the L. Mahoney Real Estate Royals defeated the Slices and Ices Orioles in a well-played 6-4 contest. Dean Esposito, Ben Gressel, Connor McElhinney, Matthew Schneider and James Mone each rapped out two hits. Gressel, McElhinney and Logan Monahan shared mound duties. Connor fanned seven in three innings while Logan chalked up five K’s in two innings. Ben chucked a scoreless frame.

On the season, Connor McElhinney and Dean Esposito both have a six-game hitting streak while Jonathan Lazo has hit safely in eight straight. Matthew Schneider is leading the Royals with 13 walks. Joseph Esposito is leading the team in RBI's (13) and slugging percent (1.267).

DIAMOND DUST:  Tickets are still available for RLL Night at the Cyclones. The game (Cyclones vs. Hudson Valley Renegades) will be played in Coney Island on Saturday, June 24 at 6:00 p.m. Fireworks after the game. Tickets are $15. Contact Virginia Donahue…Rockaway Little League’s new website is

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