The Harrison Patriots are not merely playing out the string in the Westchester Rockland Wood Bat League (www.wrwbl.com). The Patriots—owned by Adam Weiss of Frozen Ropes Academy off Route 9A in Elmsford, with instructor Matt Perper an aide-de-camp—are leading the league at 23-2 in a fierce battle with the runner-up New City Outlaws (20-4). The Rockland Astros are running fourth at 11- 6. The Patriots are playing the year with jersey No. 6 in the dugout for each game in memory of late teammate Frank Joseph Sinatra III, who was 24 when he passed away in April. Team players are also wearing “FJS III” patches on their sleeve.
Harrison meets the New York Bears in Peekskill tonight at 7 p.m., takes on the New Rochelle Tigers on Saturday morning at 10 at Manhattanville College in Purchase, and on Sunday at noon returns to Manhattanville College to meet the Rockland Cavaliers. The Outlaws, managed by Joe Maggino, meet the Peekskill Tides on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Manhattanville College, and on Sunday at noon meet the Hastings Lookouts at Ardsley HS. Rocky Maggino is batting a hefty .500 for the Outlaws, with catchers Mario Martinez and Mike Butrico also belting the ball at respective clips of .444 and .433. University of Albany outfielder Mike Oliva is also above .400, with a .419 average.
Rockland Softball All-Stars Win Opening Game of States
Backed by a combined no-hitter, the New City-Suffern-Congers 9-10 softball all-stars won their first game of the state tournament in Syracuse on Thursday.
With the win, NCSC remains undefeated after running through the district and section tournaments without a loss.
On Thursday, NCSC beat Hollow Hills 2-0 thanks to strong pitching from Kaitlyn Fudge and Samantha Kaner. Fudge battled a fever during the game, but pitched the first four no-hit innings of the win. Fudge has pitched in six games for NCSC in tournament play and has yet to give up a run. Before Thursday she had already pitched two no-hitters in tournament play, including one last week in the Section 4 championship game.
The no-hitter was completed by Samantha Kaner, who shut Hollow Hills down for the final two innings. Kaner helped herself out on the offensive end, as well, going 2-3 with a triple and an RBI. Kristen Tarantino also went 2-3 with an RBI for NCSC’s other run.
NCSC will be back in action Saturday at 11 a.m. against an opponent yet to be determined.
Boulders Holding Various Promotions This Summer
The Rockland Boulders, off to a strong start in the second half of the Can-Am League baseball season, will continue to host a fireworks show following home games on Thursdays and Saturdays at Provident Bank Park in Pomona. Every home Friday night is Boulder Bash $1 Beer Night, and on Sundays kids get to run the bases after the game, courtesy of Sports Authority. On Thursday, Aug. 5 when Rockland squares off with the New Jersey Jackals, the Boulders’ blue-feathered-friend will be immortalized—in bobblehead form. The first 1,000 fans in attendance that night will receive a Boulder Bird Bobble head, courtesy of DEC Office Solutions. Group tickets are still available for youth outings, corporate outings or birthday parties. For tickets and information, call 845-364-0009, visit the box office, or visit www.rocklandboulders.com.
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