Little Leaguers are big champions
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Ayelet Aranoff led off the top of the sixth with a base hit, but the Yankees were stopped in their tracks. Millie Helft pitched a solid game for the Yankee once again, but the Twins’ firepower was too much to overcome.
In the semi-final round of the playoffs, held on June 10, the Yanks knocked out the first place Mets, 6-4, in a tightly played game.
The Mets got on the board in the first inning with two quick singles and then an RBI base hit by Samantha Horowitz. They extended their lead to 3-1 in the third after a leadoff homer by Esti Ben-Meir and a bases-loaded fielder’s choice that scored another run. The Yankees scored their first run in the third inning after a walk, error and fielder’s choice.
Going into the top of the fifth inning, down 4-1, the Yankees exploded for 5 runs on only 2 hits. Aliza Meller, Millie Helft, Bella Ingber and Nechama Hillel all had RBIs. Pitcher Millie Helft kept the Mets off balance in the last two innings and closed out the upset.
The quarter-final games, also held on June 10, included the Giants defeating the Cardinals 3-0. Yael Berkowitz pitched six shut out innings and hit a 2-run homer to lead the Giants. Lucy Levin made a key catch in centerfield that may have prevented a Cards’ rally.
Rebels capture major title
Jordan Tallerman held the game ball in his right hand and a celebratory doughnut in his left.
The 12-year hold pitcher for the Romy Enterprises Rebles had just struck out 14 players on the first-seeded Trebach Realty Homeruns in the championship game of the SRLL’s Major Division.
The Rebels won the game 6-3, on an idyllic afternoon at Kappock Field, on Saturday.
“This is my first championship and the fact that my teammates gave it to me means a lot to me,” said Tallerman.
Tallerman also had a big day with the bat, going 2 for 2, scoring twice and driving in 2 runs. He also had the biggest hit of the game on a two-run triple in the sixth that put the Rebels up by two. He then stole home for the sixth and final run of the game.
Both teams scored twice in their first times at bat. The Rebels’ Josh Kenny singled in Jordan Tallerman and brother Zach Tallerman to take the lead in the top of the first inning.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Home Runs tied the game on a double from Jacob Solomon that scored William Feldman and Alexandre Rosenthal.
The Rebels reclaimed the lead in the bottom of the second inning when Grant Schwartz grounded out allowing Jon Michael Aracena to score. The Home Runs tied the score in the bottom of the third inning when Feldman singled to knock in Jonathan Katzman.
The Rebels took the lead for good with three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Those three runs were the difference in the game as Jordan ended up striking out seven of the final nine Home Runs’ batters.
After the game, several of the Home Runs reflected on both the loss and their successful season.