Thursday, July 1, 2010

Roosevelt Island Little League Advances In Tournament With NY Yankee Style Win - Wear Down Starting Pitcher, Score On Relievers - Next Game Tonight

Roosevelt Island Little League Team warming up

Reported last week on the return of Little League Baseball to Roosevelt Island and the exciting 12 -11 walk off extra inning win by the Roosevelt Island team. Here's the latest, as of last night, on the Roosevelt Island Little League from Special Correspondent Charlie DeFino, Executive Director of the Roosevelt Island Youth Center.

On Monday our 9 and 10 years banged out 21 runs on 17 hits to beat the North Riverdale team after wearing down their star pitcher (65 pitch LL limit) to advance to round 4 on Thursday. They will play at 5:30 pm against a gutsy Greenwich Village team also facing elimination at Inwood Hill Park Diamond 6 adjacent to Wien Stadium (Columbia University Field) 218th Street in Northern Manhattan. If you would to support our youth call the Roosevelt Island Youth Program Inc. for directions

Our 11 & 12 year old team played tonight and after battling back from an 8 run deficit to tie the game at 11 had their game suspended because of darkness and be resumed in the top of the 7th (extra innings) down 15 to 11 with no outs and a runner on first. At this time we do not know of the field and game time, we will keep you posted.
Below are some pictures taken by Roosevelt Island resident Don Smith at second game played against the Stuyvesant A team. Unfortunately, Roosevelt Island lost that game 18 to 0.

# 12 Alex (AJ) Franquie is caught stealing 2nd base

# 33 Thomas Guzman 1st base made several excellent catches from infielders

#1 DJ Smith 2nd baseman throws out runner on a ground ball

Grounder To Shortstop

#2 Jaden Perry catches fly ball in center field

Here's the magic of baseball as explained by James Earl Jones in Field Of Dreams.

UPDATE 7/2 - Special Correspondent Charlie DeFino, reports on Thursday's game:
The Roosevelt Island Little league All-Star Team 9 and 10 Division lost Thursday night in Inwood to a feisty Greenwich Village team also facing elimination 7 to 4 in a well played game. The RI youth lost the lead in the 4th inning and squandered opportunities with the bases loaded in the 4th and 5th innings and are eliminated from the Official Little League Tournament with a record of 2-2. The young boys and girls and their coaches deserve a big hand for competing in a tough tournament and representing the Roosevelt Island Youth Program and their community beyond even our high expectations. The team will continue to compete over the summer in other tournaments and exhibition games.