And that’s a wrap on the Rockaway Little League 2023 season. On Saturday, June 17, it ended for the Pee Wee Senior boys. An excellent game was played between the number one ranked Harbor Light team vs. the number two ranked Class Act Photo team. Harbor Light won decisively by the score of 11-3. The Championship team was coached by Ed Dennis, Jay Youngberg, and Curtis Borgstede. The winning team includes Brendan Graves, CJ Borgstede, Collin Heeran, Heath Kangur, Hunter Hunter, Jake Stines, James Fugelsang, Justin Youngberg, Nate McGuinness, Ryan Saratovsky, and Sean Dennis.
On Sunday morning, June 18, the Major Girl division squared off with the number one ranked team: Paul’s Bike Shop vs. the number two ranked team: Ridgewood Savings Bank. The game was intense from the first inning to the sixth inning with the Paul’s Bike Shop team coming out as the victors by the score of 9-7. The Championship team was coached by Ed Dennis, Matt Holly, and Jessica McCormick. The winning team includes Alice Murphy, Annie McCormick, Giuliana Cozza, Katherine Holly, Keira Henry, Kiera Davey, Madelyn Banks, Makayla Tellone, Morgan Harkins, Parker Long, Reese Dennis, and Teresa Doherty.
Later in the day, the much anticipated, Minor Girl division championship game took place. The field was packed with spectators, and they had their expectations fulfilled. The game was a nail-biter down to the last out in the game. The girls from Bergen Basin Realty team won 3-2 vs. the girls from the Rockaway WISH team. The Championship team was coached by Ed Dennis, James Conigliaro, and Pete Brady. The winners include Cassie Corvi, Juliette Hovanec, Kate Dennis, Krissy Lawler, Liliana Visco, Mackenzie Capek, Mara Brady, Maggie Dwyer, Neala O’Grady, Rylan Liggett, Ryleigh Conigliaro, Savannah Conigliaro, Sienna Mattison, and Vivianne Vitale.
A HUGE thank you goes out to Matt Piccione for maintaining the ball fields (all year round). Without Matt, Rockaway Little League would not exist. He is basically a one-man show performing multiple tasks so that the children on the peninsula have the opportunity to be able to play baseball and softball at Fort Tilden.
CONGRATULATIONS to all of the boys and girls who played this season!