Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth LL: RGMVM News

Fall 5
12U Fall WS Champs!
Monday, November 20
Fall Baseball Season Playoffs WS Team Photos
Fall Runners Up
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Fall 7

2018 Fall 1
2018 RGMVM Fall Baseball Teams
Tuesday, November 14
2018 RGMVM Fall Baseball Teams
2018 Fall 2
2018 RGMVM Fall Baseball Teams
*** RGMVM Little League Fall Baseball Team Pictures ***

2018 Fall 3
2018 RGMVM Fall Baseball Teams

Wednesday, January 11
RGMVM Boys And Girls Equipment Brochure
Handout: RGMVM Boys And Girls Equipment Brochure

Friday, February 19
2017 RGMVM Calendar

Handout: 2017 Calendar

Thursday, July 30
Boy Scout Organizes Ceanup Event For Ridgewood Glendale Middle Village Maspeth Little League

Boy Scout organizes cleanup event for Glendale RGMVM fields

. By Anthony Giudice agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photos courtesy of the Hansen family


The Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth (RGMVM) Little League fields located at 78-11 Woodhaven Blvd. in Glendale got a much-needed cleanup over the weekend thanks to one Boy Scout’s efforts.

In order to become an Eagle Scout, the highest rank attainable in the Boy Scouts of America (BSA), Steve Hansen had to complete a service project for the community. Hansen decided to give back to the little league baseball organization that he played for as a child, the RGMVM Little League.

“It was his idea to do RGMVM because he has played baseball down there since he was young and he wanted to give something back to the group that was so good to him,” said Steven Hansen Sr., Hansen’s father.

Hansen hoped to breathe new life into the fields over a three-day span from July 23 to July 25. The plan involved cleaning and repainting the fields’ six dugouts, painting lines in the batting cages, cleaning up garbage from the surrounding fields, installing bat racks into the dugouts, hanging a sign of the Little League Pledge, and refurbishing the parking lot by pulling weeds in the lot, cutting ivy off of the lot’s fencing and repainting the parking lot lines.

Hansen had to present his project plan and get it approved by both the RGMVM board and the BSA board. Once the project was approved, Hansen was tasked with raising funds for the project, purchasing and getting donations for the supplies needed, recruiting volunteers, and gathering food and beverages for the three-day event.

For the project, Hansen raised over $1,800 in donations from family, friends, neighbors and local organizations such as the Glendale Kiwanis Club.

Volunteers and contributors were current scouts, former scouts, friends and family. Over the course of the cleanup effort, Hansen recruited a total of 24 volunteers, who in total put in 143 man-hours of work.

By the end of the three days the project was nearly complete, with only the installation of the bat racks and the sign to be completed once they arrive.

“This has been a great learning experience. Scouting has been a big part of our family’s life,” said Kerrie Hansen, Steve Hansen’s mother. “We are thrilled Steven has embraced this project with hard work, determination and persistence that he displayed. Eagle Scout projects like this have to have a huge influence on shaping a young man’s life. It is probably one of the most difficult things they ever tackled.”

Thursday, June 20
Congrats To The RGMVM Alum Players That Were Named To The Brooklyn / Queens CHSAA First Team All Star Team....

2007 11u State Champs

These players were part of the 2007 RGMVM 11U 2007 State Championship team that was coached by Steve Adams.

All these players will continue playing baseball in college. 

  •  Danny Ammirati - Belhaven University
  • Eric Tully - Named to the 2013 Best of the City Mayors Cup -

    Dowling University

    Austin Nieves - Molloy College
  • Chris Piteo - Named to the 2013 Best Of The City Mayors Cup Game

 - Montevallo University In Alabama 

Congrats Again Guys!!!

Tuesday, June 26
Metro Baseball Magazine Team Wins Major Divison Championship


The season did not start very well for The Metro Baseball Magazine baseball team
this spring. The RGMVM LL 12u team started their spring season quickly going
0-2. Hard work and perseverance prevailed as the team ended the regular season
with a 7-6 record. Injuries and other circumstances
had an adverse impact on the
season results. But the 10,
sometimes 9, men roster kept on fighting and
grinding game after game. The gutsy pitching and hitting by players like John
O'Rouke, Joe Fragala and Mike Urbano kept hope
at the beginning of the
season, for
the Metro team. The pitching and the hitting then became
contagious as players such as Sebastion Riviera, Chris Mannino, Ricky Veruzy,
Jack Sinot, Luis Torres, Brian Morares began to tear
the cover off the ball with their bats. Daniel Quinn, Ryan White and Tyler
also had their share of spectacular plays and hits as the season moved along

The team moved on to the post season where they went 4-0
. They went
on to win it all
making the entire experience unforgettable
for the 11 and 12 year olds.

Monday, April 22
RGMVM Game Team News 4/22/13

Major Divison:
Michael's Funeral Coughs Up Lead...Paradise wins 13-12
Things looked bleak for Paradise when it trailed by 10 runs in the fifth inning, but Paradise recovered thanks to a key single in the sixth inning from Luis T to pull out a 13-12 win in six innings over Michael's Funeral at Rgmvm.
With the score tied at 12 in the sixth inning, Luis came to the plate and singled, scoring Chris R.
It was a good day at the plate for Paradise's Luis. Luis went 2-4, drove in one and scored one run.
Each team blasted the other's pitching, and there were 25 total runs and 22 hits during the game. Relief pitchers got their fill of innings during the game, with the opposing managers using six pitchers in total.
Mike racked up four RBIs on two hits for Paradise. He tripled in the fifth inning and homered in the sixth inning. Mike got it done on the bump on the way to a win. He allowed three runs over three innings. Mike struck out seven, walked four and gave up two hits.
Michael's Funeral jumped out to an early 6-0 lead in the top of the first. Jack singled to ignite Michael's Funeral's offense. The scoreboard lit up again for Michael's Funeral when Jack scored, scored on a three-run double by #2, and scored on a groundout by Chris.
Paradise brought home one run in the third inning, and matched that run total in the fifth. In the third, Paradise scored on an RBI single by Tyler F, bringing home Brady.
Instructional Division:

Tigers Unlimited Mechanical

We are the Mighty Tigers !!!  Baseball in RGMV is well on the way.  Our instructional ball looks GRRRRReat this year.   The Tigers are roaring their way throughout the start of the season.  This team is made up of Dimitrios Bournias, Zachary Smith, Noah Aldane, Michael Viola, Lucas Gomez, Peter Giannone, Peter Cruz, Esteban Garcia, Esfralin Fernandez, Moises Fanerte, Thomas Bamberger, Isaiah Benitez, and Joachim Rubin.  They come to every game ready to play, learn and have fun.

Thursday, April 10
A Special Thank You Message to All Little League Volunteers...

A Message from the Chairman

Dr. Gilmour and Greg Warrington
As hundreds of dedicated Little League® volunteers gathered in Minnesota for the 26th Little League International Congress, it struck me that while we all come from different places with different backgrounds, Little League volunteers are remarkably the same. We are passionate. We are dedicated. And we are working to make Little League the best organization for the children who play baseball and softball.

At Little League International, every week is National Volunteer Week. The world joins us in thanking volunteers, though, from April 6 to 12, 2014. This year is a special one for Little League. As you know, 2014 is Little League’s Diamond Anniversary. For 75 years, the passion of Little League volunteers has brought the Little League experience to millions of children in thousands of communities in hundreds of countries.

A lot has changed over 75 years, but Little League is relevant as ever. The lessons of teamwork, dedication and hard work, and the importance of community togetherness will always be valued. And it’s the volunteers like you who instill these tenants of Little League in players, parents and fellow volunteers day in and day out.

We hope that you take the time to share in this year’s 75th Anniversary celebration by sharing your memories with the Little League Big Legacy Project. This digital mosaic will help bring thousands of great Little League moments together, while supporting Pitch In For Baseball, and helping more children around the world make new Little League memories.

Click here to share your memory

As always, we sincerely thank you for all of your time, work and dedication to the Little League program. We wish you the best of luck this season, and we hope you join us in celebrating Little League’s Diamond Anniversary.

Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour
Chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors

Thursday, July 28

After winning the District 27 Flag the RGMVM 12U Major team advanced to Sectionals to square off against District 25 Champions –Roberto Clemente LL on July 18, 2011.RGMVM Blues came ready to play, leading off in the top of the first inning with a single was red hot Vincent Rosario and a walk to Matt Nickel placed runners on 1st and 2nd when Gaspare Artale hit a rocket in right center gap for triple bringing in the game’s first 2 runs. Gaspare scored on Frank Cerillo ground out to 1st and RGMVM was on top  3-0. On the mound for the RGMVM Blues was southpaw Matt Nickel, who coasted thru 2 and 2/3 of inning but ran into some trouble in the 3rd inning, with District 25 scoring 3 runs cutting the RGMVM lead to 4-3. In the fourth inning, Frank Cerillo pitching in relief got into a little jam with a runner on first and two outs, when District 25- Gutierrez hit a moon shot off the high fence in right field. Right fielder Lenny Lynaugh quickly threw the ball to 2nd base, where Phil Murtha fired a strike to Gaspare at the plate to nail the runner trying to score and retain the RGMVM lead at 4-3. RGMVM tacked on two insurance runs in the fifth on a big hit by Colin Ritter and added 5 runs in the 6th inning to cap the scoring and RGMVM win 11-3. Phil Murtha closed out the last two innings for the win.

RGMVM hitting was lead by Matt Nickel 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 rbis, Gaspare Artale 2 for 3 with a walk and 2 rbis, and Colin Ritter 2 for 4 with 2 rbis. Great pitching, solid defense and clutch hitting has carried this team to the Sectional Semi-Final. Next stop is South Shore Little League in Staten Island to face –off against Staten Island District Champions Great Kills American. It was a great summer night for baseball and the hype was in the stadium with a full house on hand to watch RGMVM vs. GKA. Back on the mound for RGMVM was left handed ace Matt Nickel vs. right hander Jonathan Carbonella for GKA.  GKA jumped out ahead in the top of the first with a two run homerun for a 2-0 lead.  In the top of the 3rd inning GKA added 4 more runs via the long ball on back to back homeruns for what seemed a commanding 6-0 lead. In the bottom of the 3rd the RGMVM bats came alive. Matt Nickel led off with a single and scored on Gaspare Artale’s double. After Cerillo grounded out advancing the runner, Colin Ritter’s single scored Gaspare for the second run of the inning. With Matt Nickel tiring Phil Murtha came in relief to work a 1,2,3- 4th inning. In the bottom of the fourth inning Matt hit a tremendous homerun over the fence in right center to bring RGMVM within 6 to 3. But this night was not for the RGMVM Blues as they had many missed opportunities leaving 16 runners on base. GKA’s great fielding shortstop James Grieg took away two singles up the middle for Vincent Rosario and turned two double plays in the 4th and 5th inning to kill RGMVM rallys. GKA tacked on two runs in the 5th inning and 6 more in the 6th inning for a 14-3 final. GKA went on to win the Sectional Championship on Friday.

We wish the best of luck to GKA in the New York State Championship series next week as they reach for Bristol and Williamsport LL. A special thanks to South Shore Little League, they did a tremendous job hosting this game for all the kids and parents. Great job to all the boys on RGMVM –Blues, they had a great run in this tournament and a wonderful experience that they will remember for many years.               


12u 2011 dist champs
RGMVM 2011 DIstrict 27 Champs
Saturday, July 16
RGMVM 12U Win District 27 Tittle.....


The RGMVM Majors Division team entered the Little League  Tournament  as an underdog to the strong favorites from Ozone-Howard. As Faith would have it, after drawing a bye in the first round , RGMVM would face –off against Ozone –Howard on July 7, 2011 at Rosedale.  
In the top of the first inning, Ozone Howard jumped out to 1-0 lead with a homerun from Rivero. But the kids in BLUE came to play, leading off with a single by Vincent Rosario-walk to Steven Hansen –a single from Matt Nickel and a single from Gaspare Artale—RGMVM jumped out ahead 3-1 and never looked back.  RGMVM tacked on another run in the bottom of the second on Collin Ritter’s inside the park homerun and one more in the 4th with Vincent Rosario’s speed- 3 stolen bases and scoring on a passed ball. That’s all the scoring RGMVM would need with a strong defensive effort by Lenny Lynaugh, Steven Hansen, Justin Cortese, Chris Gentilella ,Brandonn Taphouse and Charlie Esposito .RGMVM’s  southpaw Matt Nickel was dazzling holding down the big bats from Ozone/Howard over 5 innings and Frank Cerillo picked up the save coming in the 6th inning with the base loaded and no one out to slam the door shut.
RGMVM wins 5-3 final score. RGMVM scoring was lead by Gaspare Artale 2 for 3 with 2 rbi, Vincent Rosario 2 for 3 with 2 runs, Matt Nickel 1 for 1 with 2 walks and 1 run-5 innings pitched-with 7 strikeouts.
 After losing Game 2 to Ozone/Howard on July 11, RGMVM was ready to play on Tuesday, July 12 and determined to bring home the flag.
Matt Nickel was back on the mound for the Blues vs. Morrisey for the Tigers setting up a game 1 rematch. RGMVM  lead off  with a double from Vincent Rosario and a single from Matt Nickel. With both on , Frank Cerillo crushed a fastball to right center for a tremendous 3 run homerun and an RGMVM lead 3-0. In the second inning, RGMVM would tack on 5 more runs with clutch hits by Vincent Rosario, Steven Hansen and Brandonn Taphouse to jump out to an 8-1 lead. Ozone/Howard would respond with 3 runs in the second, 1 in the third ,2 in the fourth  and  fifth inning to take a 9-7 lead .Anyone who has followed these two teams over the last few years knew  this was going to be a classic and come down to the wire. In the top of the sixth inning Ozone/Howard 3rd baseman and short stop collided on a leadoff pop up by Matt Nickel and dropped it . That’s all the opening RGMVM would need as they rattled off 5 straight hits by Gaspare Artale, Frank Cerillo, Colin Ritter, Steven Hansen and a bases clearing double by Brandonn Taphouse to retake the lead 12-9. Frank Cerillo would make sure the door stayed shut closing out the last two innings with 3 strikeouts. RGMVM hitting was lead by –Vincent Rosario 2 for 4 with 2 runs, Matt Nickel 1 for 3 with a walk and 3 runs, Gaspare Artale 2 for 4 -2 rbis,Frank Cerillo 2 for 3 with a walk and 3 run homerun, Colin Ritter 3 for 3 with a walk,Steven Hansen 2 for 3 with a walk and Brandonn Taphouse 2 for 4 with 3 rbi’s.   Congratulations to all the kids on winning the District 27 Championship. –RGMVM BLUES—Gaspare Artale, Frank Cerillo, Justin Cortese, Charlie Esposito,Christian Flores, Chris Gentilella, Steven Hansen, Lenny Lynaugh, Philip Murtha, Matt Nickel, Colin Ritter,Vincent Rosario, Brandonn Taphouse,Owen White.    

UPDATED IMPORTANT: Parents Please Note The Approved Bat Information



 Bat Lists - Find a Bat


Click Here: http://www.littleleague.org/learn/equipment/baseballbatinfo.htm

  • Full Printable List of 2 1/4 Baseball Bats - For quick reference on the field, with composites included (printable PDF format)
  • Visual List - 2 1/4, Baseball - List of licensed, approved composite-barrel baseball bats for Majors and below for 2013 season
  • Mobile List - Licensed 2 1/4 baseball bats, for convenient and scalable display on smart phones, tablets and other internet-enabled portable digital device

Most if not all  2 1/4 bats composite bats have been banned by Little League. Please go the little league web site for up to date information from Little League link above.

Little League International Issues Update Regarding Composite Bats: Moratorium Imposed Immediately


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Dec. 30, 2010) - Little League International has placed a moratorium on the use of composite bats in the Little League (Majors) Division and all other baseball divisions of Little League, effective immediately.


 "Today's decision of the Little League International Board of Directors Executive Committee is based on scientific research data from the University of Massachusetts (Lowell), which was contracted by Little League Baseball," Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball, said. "The maximum performance standard for non-wood bats in the divisions for 12-year-olds and below is a Bat Performance Factor (BPF) of 1.15. The research found that composite bats, while they may meet the standard when new, can exceed that standard after a break-in process."


Local Little Leagues were first informed of the research last September.


"From the beginning, and throughout this process, we wanted to keep everyone informed," Patrick W. Wilson, Vice President of Operations at Little League International, said. "Our intent was to provide local league constituents clear direction regarding composite bats. There is a process through which manufacturers can submit individual models for a possible waiver if they wish to seek it. Going forward, we will let our leagues know which ones meet the standards for the Little League Baseball (Majors) 12-and-under divisions, if any."        




Little League International


Friday, July 16
Check Out The New Scoreboard!! Thanks Jimmy Dunn!

12u rgmvm 2009 dist
RGMVM 12-Year-Old All Stars
Tuesday, July 21
RGMVM 12-year-old All Stars Win District 27 Championship....

Pictured from Left to Right: Front Row – Karl Klesin, Jacob Bannon, Mike Morgan, Brandon Hernandez and Evan Mancini.  Back Row – Manager Joe Klesin, Scott Hannon, Dylan Lawrence, Shane Herrity, Matthew Buete, Scott Larsen, Steven Cirrillo and Coach Mick Morgan. 



On Friday July 17, 2009, the RGMVM 12-year-old All Star team defeated Rockaway Little League 14-2 to capture the District 27 Championship held at RGMVM’s Seither Stadium in Glendale.  The win, which lasted only four innings on account of mercy rule, was the third straight for the RGMVM 12s who are excited about moving on to next weeks Sectional round.  RGMVM will face Bayside at host Forest Hills Little League on Saturday, July 25 at 11:00 AM.      


District Game #3 – RGMVM vs. Rockaway (14-2)


            Following their third straight loss of the coin toss for home field advantage,  the RGMVM All-Stars barreled out of the gate with a lead off walk by # 1 Evan Mancini, and a perfectly executed bunt single by #3 Brandon Hernandez.  Following advances to 2nd and 3rd on a passed ball, #10 Karl Klesin cleared the bases with a 3-run blast over the center field fence to put RGMVM on the board.  Hard hit singles by #25 Jacob Bannon and #41 Scott Hannon, set the stage for #12 Shane Herrity’s 2-RBI single, capping the top of the first inning with 5 runs for RGMVM.  Starting on the mound for RGMVM was #7 Dylan Lawrence, who retired the side striking out two of the four Rockaway batters faced.  In the top of the second, a single by Mancini and walk by Hernandez set the stage for a 2-RBI single by Hannon.  Lawrence drew a walk as did #5 Matthew Buete to load the bases for Herrity who again took advantage with a grand slam HR (his 2nd in two games) over the center field fence putting RGMVM ahead 11-0.  Herrity replaced Lawrence on the mound and pitched a scoreless 2nd with two strikeouts.  Despite a lead off walk by Mancini and singles by Hernandez and Bannon, RGMVM failed to score in third inning.  Herrity continued pitching in the 3rd inning, again striking out two and forcing a ground out to first.  RGMVM then tacked on 3 more runs in the fourth inning after Lawrence and Buete reached and Herrity went yard again, this time a 3-run HR over the right field fence to put RGMVM ahead 14-0.  Klesin replaced Herrity on the mound in the fourth, allowing two runs on two hits with one strikeout.  The game subsequently ended on account of the mercy rule and the win gave RGMVM Little League its second consecutive 12-year-old District 27 Championship. 


District Game # 2 – RGMVM vs. Ozone Howard (11-1)


            On Saturday July 11, 2009 the RGMVM 12s squared off against neighboring Ozone Howard.  After losing the coin toss for home field advantage, RGMVM failed to put up numbers in the top of the 1st inning.  Starting on the mound for RGMVM was

# 41 Scott Hannon, who retired five batters on 12 pitches but not before Ozone Howard was able to put up a run in the bottom of the 1st inning.  In the top of the 2nd inning, a lead off single by Hannon set the stage for an RBI double by #5 Matthew Buete to put RGMVM on the board and the game was now tied at 1-1.  Hannon quickly retired the side on three strikeouts in the bottom of the second.  The top of third proved to be bountiful for RGMVM starting with three consecutive hard hit singles laid down by  #25 Jacob Bannon, #41 Scott Hannon and #7 Dylan Lawrence.  With bases loaded, #5 Matthew Buete drew an RBI on a single, giving RGMVM a 2-1 lead and leaving the bases loaded for #12 Shane Herrity who took advantage with a grand slam HR over the centerfield fence to put RGMVM atop 6-1.  In the bottom of the 3rd, Hannon faced four batters, allowing a single and striking out two.  RGMVM bats remained hot and returned in the 4th with a double by #3 Brandon Hernandez and a 2-run HR by Hannon to make it 8-1.  Hannon then retired 3 consecutive Ozone batters in the 4th, two by way of strikeout.  In the top of the 5th, RGMVM tacked on 3 more runs by way of a Buete single, an RBI double by #11 Mike Morgan who eventually stole home, a walk by #13 Scott Larsen and a RBI Sac Fly by Hernandez giving RGMVM an 11-1 lead.  Ozone Howard threatened in the 5th with a leadoff single and a Sac Bunt which quickly resulted in a pick-off at 2nd base.  Following another single, Hannon closed the deal with a third out strikeout and a 5-inning mercy rule to propel RGMVM to a potential District Championship in game 3 scheduled for July 17 at RGMVM’s Seither Stadium.



District Game #1 – RGMVM vs. Rockaway (12-0)


            On July 7, 2009 RGMVM squared off against Rockaway Little League in their first game of the District 27 tournament.  After losing the coin toss for home field advantage, RGMVM opened up with hard hit singles by #3 Brandon Hernandez , #10 Karl Klesin and #25 Jacob Bannon to load the bases and setting the stage for #41 Scott Hannon who laced an RBI single up the middle to put RGMVM ahead 1-0.  On the mound for RGMVM was #7 Dylan Lawrence who retired the first three batters faced all by way of strikeouts.  RGMVM opened the 2nd with a flurry.  After #5 Matthew Buete reached and #12 Shane Herrity walked, Mike Morgan laced a 2-RBI double and then scored on #1 Evan Mancini’s RBI single which would be the first of 6 consecutive ones.  Hernandez reached on a single, followed by an RBI single by Klesin, then a 2 RBI single by Bannon, another single by Hannon and an RBI single by Lawrence had RGMVM emerge from the 2nd inning with a 10-0 lead. After an opening single by Rockaway in the bottom of the 2nd, Lawrence again pitched for 3 consecutive strikeouts to retire the side.  RGMVM put 2 more runs on the board in the 3rd with singles by Bannon and Hannon and a 2-run RBI single by Buete and RGMVM was up 12-0. Lawrence threw 3 consecutive strikeouts in the bottom of the third. In the 4th, although singles were laid down by #99 Steven Cirillo and Klesin, RGMVM failed to score.  Lawrence retired Rockaway in order in the fourth and attained RGMVM’s first District game win via a 4-inning mercy rule.  RGMVM’s 12s next District game is scheduled for July 11 at RGMVM’s Seither Stadium.



Tuesday, July 14
Allstate Insurance and WFAN Radio Team Up To Take RGMVM Kids Out To Citi Field...

Allstate Insurance and WFAN radio would team up to supply a day of fun at Citi field for RGMVM Little leaguers. The host Kevin Spann from Allstate would invite 20 RGMVM players to a clinic, where fielder Nick Evans, pitcher Brian Stokes, and first base coach Sandy Alomar Sr. would teacher players the techniques of  fielding, hitting, and pitching .                                                                                                                                                          

After the clinic each child was given an opportunity to take a photo with the Met players. Every child received a printed photo and a free with a box lunch and three tickets to the nite game against the Dodgers. This event was enjoyable for all family members.                                                                                                                                                                   

All players and parents would like to give a special thanks to Kevin Spann of Allstate Insurance 66-26 Metropolitan Ave Metro Mall Allstate Middle Village, NY 11379 http://agent.allstate.com/KEVINSPANN/Welcome, RGMVM League President  Patrick Piteo,and Senior league manager Anthony Rosario.

Thursday, July 10
Queens Courier Story.

On The Road To Williamsport?

                                RGMVM looks the part in District 27 opener

Wednesday, July 9, 2008 5:41 PM EDT
The regular season never felt so long to Chris Piteo. Whenever he crossed paths with one of his travel teammates, all he could talk and think about was the upcoming summer, when the real season - as he described it - would begin.

“I was just waiting,” he said,” for the journey to start.”

There were plenty of reasons for anticipation. RGMVM (Ridgewood-Glendale, Middle Village-Maspeth) won their first state title last summer in the 10-and-11 year-old Minor Division, and second consecutive city championship. This year, in the 11-12 year-old Major Division, they are eligible to qualify for the nationally televised Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA.

“We’re pretty quiet about it,” pitcher Gerry Fraracci said, “but our hopes are high. It would be great, a team from four towns going to Williamsport and being on TV.”

It is a dream RGMVM has let dance in their heads since they emerged from the loser’s bracket in last year’s state championship. Almost every player made a habit out of watching the games in Williamsport, thinking of participating one year later. Piteo imagined his team being there, what it would be like, cameras tracing their every move.

They took their first step of many on Saturday, blitzing WORKS Little League, 12-1, in a mercy rule-shortened four-inning game, the first of the District 27 playoffs. It is a lofty dream, of course, one that will require at least 20 victories. The first step is district competition, then sectional play, the state tournament and the Mid Atlantic Regional.

“It’s really tough,” Fraracci said. “We’re going to have to get lucky, but if we play our cards right, who knows.”

Manager Steve Adams’ toughest job, at this point at least, is convincing his players that their past success is irrelevant this summer. A former player in the Western Queens Little League from 1985-92 who now works for Stitch Across America, he didn’t win much as a player. His dad Richie coached the first district championship team in 1998.

“Winning through these kids,” Adams said, “is a lot of fun.”

Based on the past success of this group, RGMVM is in store for a ton of it. Led by Piteo, the ace and shortstop, they go three deep in the rotation. Against WORKS, Fraracci, the third starter, went the distance, allowing just two hits, one run and striking out six while added three hits and a two-run home run. They are a deep offensive club that can put up big numbers - RGMVM, after all, won a Triple Crown tournament in Newburgh, N.Y. two weekends ago, swatting 30 home runs - but also winning low-scoring affairs because of their deep pitching staff and stout defense.

“We have that special spark - whatever happens, we do our best,” Piteo said. “We always want to do better. We never put ourselves down.”

Thursday, July 10
RGMVM cruises in District 27 opener
 By Marc Raimondi
Sunday, July 6, 2008 12:52 PM EDT
Chris Piteo wasn’t taking anything for granted.

Sure, his Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth 11- and 12-year-old Little League team has a ton of talent – this is the same group that won Section 3 two years ago and the state last year. And yeah, WORKS Little League, from nearby Woodhaven, isn’t one of Queens’ traditional powerhouses.

But Piteo said he and his teammates weren’t looking past their opponent at all.

“We want to play it like it’s any other game,” the star shortstop said. “Like I always say, ‘Play every game like it’s a championship game.’”

It was clear RGMVM was near that championship form already, despite it being only the opening game of the District 27 tournament. Coach Steve Adams’ team beat WORKS, 12-1 via run rule in the fourth inning, on a soggy Saturday morning at RGMVM’s Seiter Stadium home in Glendale.

Piteo, the team’s mound ace, didn’t start and that was fine. Gerry Fraracci excelled with his right arm and his bat. He gave up only one run on two hits in four innings, while striking out six WORKS batters. At the plate, he was 3-for-3 with three runs scored and a two-run home run in a third inning in which RGMVM scored three runs.

“He does a good job,” Adams said of Fraracci. “On any given day, one of the three (starters) could give us a lights-out performance.”

That’s the trademark of a good, deep team. So was the scoring output. RGMVM hung six, first-inning runs on WORKS starter John Carlos Guzman and added three more in the second. The onslaught didn’t stop.

Eric Tully, the team’s No. 2 starter, and T.J. Ritter both had two RBIs and Brandon Acosta, Anthony Nieves and Anthony LoCascio scored twice.

RGMVM will host Ozone Howard, which had a bye, Tuesday night at 5:30 p.m. Rockaway, which advanced when Rosedale dropped out, and Broad Channel, coming off a bye, are on the other side of the bracket. They will also play Tuesday night at 5:30 at Rockaway.

Either Ozone Howard or RGMVM has won the last 10 District 27 titles. Ozone Howard was won six of the last nine championships.

This year, RGMVM has high hopes for the district and beyond.

Last week, the team won a Triple Crown tournament in Newburgh, N.Y., smashing 30 home runs. The last two seasons, this group has been champions, winning city two years ago and the city and state last year.

“I gotta instill in their heads every day,” Adams said, “that they haven’t done anything yet this year.”

Reach Associate Sports Editor Marc Raimondi by e-mail at mraimondi@timesledger.com or call 718-229-0300, Ext. 130.

Tuesday, July 8
RGMVM Junior – 14 U Tournament Wins District 27 Championship!

RGMVM Junior – 14 U Tournament team took to the field this weekend to face off against WORKS for the District 27 championship in a best of three series.


 Ryan Fey took the mound for Game 1 on Saturday, June 28, 2008.  Both teams exchanged two runs each in the first two innings.With the game  tied 2-2 in the bottom of the 5th inning, the RGMVM bats came alive.  Larry Le Beau led off with a double and John Cudak followed with a single, placing runners on 2nd and 3rd. Dimi Artale ripped a single up the middle for 2 RBI giving RGMVM the lead .  After a Chris Hardardt walk and a perfect sacrifice bunt by Joseph Rubino to move the runners to 2nd/3rd – Daren Donnelly ripped a single for 2 more runs.  RGMVM had jumped out to a 6-2 lead and added 4 more in the 6th inning. Ryan Fey pitched a gem, going 6 innings with 7Ks and allowing only 2 runs. Larry LeBeau closed the game for a RGMVM win 10-3.


Game 2, on Sunday, June 29, 2008 would turn-out to be a 3 ½ hour, 10 inning marathon.  Both teams showed tremendous heart and fight.  The lead exchanged hands 4 times and a total of 34 runs were scored.  RGMVM jumped out to a 3-0 lead, in the top of the first,  Paul Perez lead off with a single and John Cudak beat out a throw from third for an in field hit.  Dimi Artale continued his hot hand and hit a double in left – center GAP for 2 RBI.  WORKS would chip away at the lead, scoring 1 in the second, 3 in the third and four more in the fourth to take an 8-3 lead.  RGMVM would answer back with 1 run in the fifth and 4 runs in the 6th to tie- it up at 8 a piece.  It stayed that way until the 9th inning. With some big hitting by Larry LeBeau, Dimi Artale, Ryan Klaar and Tyler Rosario, RGMVM scored 6 runs to take a 14 to 8 lead into the bottom of 9th inning.  Most fans thought the game was over and left early, but WORKS was not ready to leave just yet.  They scored 6 runs in the bottom half of the inning to tie the game at 14.


RGMVM Juniors kept fighting and did not get discouraged.  In the top of the 10th inning, RGMVM scored 6 more runs and went on to win 20-14.  Paul Perez closed it out strong, John Cudak started and pitched 4 solid innings and Larry LeBeau pitched 6 great innings in relief.  Hats off to both teams for a wonderful series and congratulations to the RGMVM Junior team and coaches Chris Hardardt and Anthony Rosario on the District 27 Championship.

Former RGMVM Player Joseph Mortillaro Meets Police Commissioner Ray Kelly
Former RGMVM player Joseph Mortillaro, 14, now a freshman baseball player at Christ the King High School meets Police Commissioner Ray Kelly. Keep up the good work Joe!

Thursday, August 30
Queens Courrier Story On State Championship


RGMVM 10-11-year-olds win first ever New York State crown

As a player in the Ridgewood - Glendale - Middle Village - Maspeth (RGMVM) Little League, Steve Adams didn’t enjoy much success. He failed to win a district title at any level before going on to play at Monsignor McClancy High School and Manhattan College.

His legacy as a coach, however, is much different. In fact, he has accomplished more than any other manager in the history of the 55-year-old western Queens Little League.

After leading the 9- and 10-year-old tournament team to a city title and runner-up finish in the New York State tournament last summer, he guided them to the state crown this August, the first such championship for RGMVM.

“It’s a tremendous honor,” he said. “To come back and actually win it is a great accomplishment. I feel good for the kids.”

After dropping the opening game of the tournament, they came out of the loser’s bracket to take the New York State title winning their final four games. RGMVM capped the streak with an 11-3 win over Haverstraw Little League, their second win over them in as many games, at the Van Ness Little League field in the Bronx.

They trailed 2-0 early, but Gerard Fraracci drove in one run, Dan Ammirati knocked in four runs with a pair of doubles, Brandon Acosta smacked a three-run homer, and pitcher Chris Piteo also went yard and went the distance.

After dropping the opening game of the state tournament, 9-6 to Brighton Little League, RGMVM’s odds did not look so good. Their five-game winning streak was snapped, and one more loss would end their title hopes.

“I thought our chances were pretty slim,” Adams said, “but I knew we were talented enough.”

Indeed, they were. In Game 2 of the state tournament, RGMVM topped Rockville Center (Long Island), 6-3, despite trailing by a run with three outs to go in their season. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom half of the sixth inning, Karl Klesin laced a 2-1 fastball over the wall in center, keeping RGMVM alive for another day.

Up next, RGMVM got revenge against Brighton, routing them 10-0. The win advanced them to the finals against Haverstraw, although RGMVM needed to win twice to gain the historic crown.

Again, they trailed in the first few innings, only to come storming back. Austin Nieves drove in two runs with a single, Piteo added a sacrifice fly and a run-scoring double, Tully homered, and Ammirati scored the game-winning run when Haverstraw threw away KC Surdi’s sacrifice bunt attempt in the sixth inning. Paul Hyland pitched a perfect sixth for the win. It set up the dynamic capper, when they bludgeoned Haverstraw for 11 runs.

The team was in the state tournament because of Piteo’s right arm. He pitched a complete-game one-hitter, blanking Mid Island Little League (Staten Island), 3-1, in Brooklyn for the team’s second city championship in as many years. Fraracci doubled in a run, Tully ripped a two-run homer, and Piteo struck out nine in the complete-game effort.

“He’s the leader of our team,” Adams said.

Since winning the momentous crown, Adams watched every game of the Little League World Series on ESPN and ESPN2 in Williamsport, PA. There is a method to his madness - next year, this group will vie for a spot in the 11-12-year-old division that plays on national television in the international tournament.

“Talent-wise, we’re good enough to get there,” Adams said. “You need everything to fall the right way; you need some breaks, need some calls. Everything needs to go in your favor. I haven’t talked to them about it, but the kids know we’re pretty good and they realize it’s a possibility.”

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Friday, August 31
Daily News Story On The 11U State Championship Team

Here is the story that the New York Daily news ran on the 11U

New York State Championship team in the Queens sports section.

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The Boys Take Their New York State Championship Lap...
Thursday, August 9
RGMVM 11U Boys Win New York State Championship !

NYS Championship Game vs Haverstraw – August 8, 2007

After an initial first round loss, followed by potential elimination in three previous games versus Rockville Centre, Brighton and Haverstraw, Ridgewood/Glendale/Middle Village/Maspeth (RGMVM) found themselves back in the Bronx playing in the "winner-take-all" 2007 NYS 10-11 Year Old Little League Championship game versus Haverstraw.

The two teams squared off Tuesday in a well played, close game (6-5) and one which RGMVM needed to win in order reach today’s grand finale. After opening ceremonies, RGMVM again found themselves losing the coin toss for home field advantage against Haverstraw, but the lineup quickly loaded the bases on 2 hits and a walk in the top of the first inning. Just as the team looked poised to open up the game, Haverstraw ended the threat by forcing three consecutive ground outs to the infield.

RGMVM subsequently emerged from the dugout and onto the diamond behind their ace pitcher #34 Chris Piteo, but after 2 consecutive fielding errors, they quickly found themselves trailing 1-0 after the first inning. If the first inning was a sign of where things were headed, the top of the 2nd inning brought even greater concern as RGMVM went down swinging on 3 consecutive strikeouts delivered by Haverstraw’s pitcher. Piteo retired Haverstraw in the bottom of the 2nd inning on 14 pitches, but not before Haverstraw tacked one on via a solo home run.

With the game fast approaching the midpoint mark, RGMVM found themselves down 2-0 and searching to find their familiar stride. No sooner did the thought enter the minds of the RGMVM spectators when #18 Karl Klesin singled, followed by #27 Austin Nieves who was hit by a pitch and after both advanced on a passed ball, the bases were loaded via a walk by # 9 Eric Tully. The stage was now set for #10 Gerard Fraracci who produced an RBI single scoring Klesin. The bases remained loaded for redemption by #4 Dan Ammirati who grounded out under the same situation in the 1st inning. On a 0-1 count, Ammirati ripped a double to score Nieves and Tully and RGMVM was now ahead 3-2.

Piteo delivered in the bottom of the third retiring the side on 6 pitches, but once again giving up a solo home run to Haverstraw to tie the game at 3-3. The top of the fourth brought a towering solo home run by #34 Chris Piteo to go ahead 4-3. Klesin singled and Nieves was once again hit by a pitch, but this time Tully was walked intentionally to load the bases and it was déjà vu all over again. This time Fraracci reached on a fielder’s choice, while Klesin was forced out at home. With two outs and bases loaded, #4 Dan Ammirati stepped to the plate crushing another 2 RBI double scoring Nieves and Tully and placing RGMVM atop 6-3.

Piteo retired the side in the bottom of fourth on 11 pitches to keep Haverstraw at bay. The 5th inning was scoreless for both teams with strong pitching by Piteo holding Haverstraw to 3 runs on 3 hits. In the top of the sixth, with the score 6-3 in RGMVM’s favor, parents and coaches alike were thinking "insurance". With Tully and Ammirati aboard on walks, #25 Brandon Acosta dialed up "GEICO" for a 3-run towering home run over the right centerfield fence putting RGMVM ahead 9-3. The insurance runs didn’t end there. With 2 outs in the book, #1 TJ Ritter reached after getting hit by a pitch and a single by Piteo made way for a 2 RBI double by #18 Karl Klesin putting RGMVM ahead by 8 with a score of 11-3.

The bottom of the 6th and final inning was put away quickly by Piteo on 11 pitches to secure RGMVM’s first ever NYS Little League Championship Title in their 55 year history; chartered in 1952, RGMVM is Queens oldest Little League. It should also be noted that this Tournament Team also attained an historic 2006 City/Sectional Championship for RGMVM and a 2nd Place finish in last year’s 2006 NYS 9-10 year old Little League Championship as well.

Proud parents, family and RGMVM would like to congratulate Manager Steve Adams, Coach Brian Chrzastek, Coach Hugh Tully and players Chris Piteo, Eric Tully, Brandon Acosta, Austin Nieves, Dan Ammirati, Karl Klesin, Pauly Hyland, TJ Ritter, KC Surdi, Gerard Fraracci, Shane Hitzler and Anthony Locasio for a job well done!!


State Game #4 vs Haverstraw – August 7, 2007

On another stifling summer evening, RGMVM made the trek to the Bronx to square off against undefeated Haverstraw in the NYS 10-11 Year Old Little League Championship.

RGMVM would need two wins against this strong team who have tallied nine straight wins to this point. RGMVM knew what was needed to be done and were rallying behind the strong arm of #10 Gerard Fraracci to help them succeed in this Game 1 match-up.

With RGMVM away, the first three batters went down hard with a fly-out and two K’s. Haverstraw answered in the bottom of the first with 2-hits, followed by a wild pitch and fielder’s choice to score their first run. Justin Repress, the pitcher for Haverstraw and RGMVM’s Fraracci retired each of the first 3 batters they faced via exceptional pitching, yielding a scoreless 2nd inning and Haverstraw was still ahead 1-0. The top of third proved pivotal for RGMVM. With #25 Brandon Acosta and # 1 TJ Ritter both reaching on errors and advancing to second and third as a result of an errant throw, #34 Chris Piteo belted a sacrifice fly to score Acosta and move Ritter to third on the throw home.

RGMVM continued with a walk by #18 Karl Klesin and a 2 RBI single by Austin Nieves that scored Ritter and Klesin. The inning ended with Nieves thrown out at the plate attempting to score on an error by Haverstraw’s right fielder, but not before RGMVM was up 3-1. Two doubles in the bottom of the 3rd produced another run for Haverstraw, closing RGMVM’s lead to one run. However, RGMVM’s lead would widen once again in the top the fourth, after #9 Eric Tully belted a 3-2 pitch over the centerfield fence for a towering solo home run and a 4-2 lead. In the bottom of the 4th inning, Haverstraw scored 3 runs on two hits and 4 errors by RGMVM, who regained composure and ended the inning by throwing Haverstraw out at home on a 9-6-3 (Klesin-Piteo-Acosta) relay from right field allowing Haverstraw to emerge with only a 1 run, 5-4 lead heading into the 5th.

After a pair of doubles by #25 Brandon Acosta and #34 Chris Piteo, the game was tied at 5-5 midway thru the 5th. Haverstraw was kept silent in the 5th with #6 Pauly Hyland pitching in relief of Fraracci. Hyland would force a 1-4-3 double play after the lead batter reached on an error followed by a ground out to first base to retire the side. In the top of the sixth inning with the game tied at 5-5, #4 Dan Ammirati reached first base on an error by Haverstraw’s first baseman. A passed ball at the plate advanced Ammirati to 2nd, setting up a sacrifice bunt attempt by #7 KC Surdi who laid down a gem toward 3rd which was thrown away by Haverstraw and allowed Ammirati to score the go ahead run.

In the bottom of the sixth, #6 Paul Hyland pitched a 1-2-3 inning with 2 K’s to secure the win and propel RGMVM one step closer to a potential NYS Championship. The RGMVM 11U Tournament Team had now topped their historical 2006 feat, by advancing one game further in the tournament. The final winner-take-all game is scheduled for Wednesday August 8th, 2007 at 5:30 PM at Van Ness. GO RGMVM!!

This story appeared in the upstate newspaper.  More on the leagues first ever State Championship to follow..

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Haverstraw overtaken in state title game


(Original Publication: August 9, 2007)

NEW YORK - Haverstraw pitcher Jariel Burgos had extricated himself from an explosive first-inning situation yesterday.

His teammates then responded by supplying him with a run in each of the first two innings. Haverstraw appeared to have the upper hand in the state 10- and 11-year-old baseball championship game. However, beginning in the third inning, Danny Ammirati and Chris Piteo of Ridgewood/Glendale/Middle Village/Maspeth asserted themselves.

Ammirati drove in four runs and Piteo tossed a four-hitter as the Queens team defeated Haverstraw 11-3 to win the state title at Van Nest Little League Complex last night.

Queens completed its run after opening the state championship tournament with a loss on Saturday.

Piteo struck out three and threw 71 pitches. He also had two hits, including a solo rip in the fourth inning, giving Queens the lead for good at 4-3.

"He was throwing hard, throwing a lot of strikes and his defense was working well behind him," said Haverstraw 12-year-old Joe Anselmi, a seventh-grader at Willow Grove Middle School.

Steve Hegner and Anselmi homered over the left-field fence in the second and third innings, respectively. However, Haverstraw's other two hits were of the infield variety by Brandon Respress.

"We have nine guys who can put the bat on the ball but in these last two games I think we were held to about seven hits," Haverstraw manager Ricky Desch said.

Queens squandered a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the first, thanks to Burgos. Three consecutive forceouts negated the uprising, the last by Ammirati.

Ammirati did not forget this when he stepped into the box in the third inning.

"It bothered me," said the 12-year-old Ammirati of his first at-bat.

After Gerard Fraracci's flare cleared the infield and just dropped inside the right-field line scoring a run, Ammirati stepped in with the bases loaded. He smoked a 0-1 pitch for a double, bringing in Austin Nieves and Eric Tully, giving Queens a 3-2 lead.

A one-out homer by Piteo that landed in center field on the adjacent field gave Queens a 4-3 lead in the fourth. With two outs, Ammirati faced another bases-loaded situation and delivered another two-run double.

"I was looking for the fastball like I always do and he gave it to me just like he did in the third inning and I did the same thing," said Ammirati, a seventh-grader at Our Lady of Hope in Middle Village.

Anselmi, whose home run had tied the score at 3-3 in the third, said he and his teammates felt they were back in the game and still had a shot to win heading to the fourth. That feeling would change, though.

"After he (Piteo) hit the home run to put them up 4-3, that was really a big hit for them," Anselmi said.

Despite the disappointing loss, Haverstraw enjoyed a tremendous summer.

"It was awesome," Anselmi said. "We made an awesome run and fell a little short but we faced a good team. We have nothing to hang our heads about."

State Game #3 vs Brighton – August 6, 2007

After surviving a potential loss that would have had RGMVM watching this game from the bleachers, the players found themselves revived and on track as they faced the team that delivered their only loss this season. After winning the coin toss again, RGMVM took to the field behind the right arm of #9 Eric Tully who executed a flawless first retiring the first 3 batters on 11 pitches. After a leadoff single by Piteo in the bottom of the first, RGMVM batters Locasio and Nieves connected on several pitches which were fielded nicely by Brighton ending a scoreless inning.

After a leadoff single and error, Brighton went down in the second on a strikeout and exceptionally executed 5-5-3 double play. The bottom of the second is where RGMVM unleashed their frustrations. After a leadoff double by #4 Dan Ammiratti and walk by #7 KC Surdi, #25 Brandon Acosta executed the call for a sacrifice bunt, moving the runners over to 2nd and 3rd. A fielder’s choice by #2 TJ Ritter scored Ammirati as an error ensued and Surdi also reached home as the ball was thrown around. With Ritter on second, #34 Chris Piteo stepped to the plate and smashed a 2-run homer over the right centerfield fence adding to RGMVM’s lead which was now 4-0. After a groundout by #2 Locasio a two out rally ensued with back to back singles by Fraracci and Tully eventually ending up on 2nd and 3rd due another Brighton fielding error. That set-up a 2 RBI single by #27 Austin Nieves and the score was now 6-0. Ammirati reached base next after being hit by a pitch and Nieves moved over to second. A wild pitch had both runners advancing with Nieves scoring and followed by Ammirati on another fielding error by Brighton at 2nd base. The inning ended on a fly ball to 3rd by #25 Brandon Acosta, but not before RGMVM had registered and 8-0 lead. In the top of the third, following a leadoff single by Brighton, Tully retired the side on 7 pitches forcing a ground out and 2 fly balls. In the bottom of the third after a walk by #6 Paul Hyland and single by #18 Karl Klesin, both runners advance on a wild pitch. Then to the dismay of RGMVM, both Hyland and Klesin score as a couple of unnecessary throwing errors by Brighton appear to have sealed their fate for a mercy ruling. The score at the end of three innings now stood at 10-0. In the top of the fourth, with Brighton requiring a run to stay alive, the combined pitching of #9 Eric Tully and reliever #6 Paul Hyland secured the win by forcing 3 consecutive fly-outs. The win advances RGMVM into the final match-up versus Haverstraw, mimicking RGMVM’s historic performance last year in the 2006 NYS 10U Championships However, with no losses recorded for Haverstraw, RGMVM will need to secure two wins in order to take home the Championship. Game 1 is scheduled for Van Ness on Tuesday, August 6th, 2007 at 5:30 PM. BEST OF LUCK – RGMVM!!!

 State Game #2 vs Rockville Centre – August 5, 2007

RGMVM made their way back to the Bronx on this stifling summer Sunday to square off against neighbor Rockville Centre. Both local teams had found themselves the victims of an opening loss, and today’s match-up would decide the first organization to make an early exit out of the NYS Little League Championship. After winning the coin toss and accepting home field, RGMVM players exited the dugout and once again assumed their fielding positions behind the solid right arm of #34 Chris Piteo. In the top of the first, it appeared that Rockville was digging in, logging 2 hits to go ahead 1-0. RGMVM surrendered themselves in the bottom of the first on 10 pitches, which brought on an unfamiliar silence consistent with a great match-up involving dire consequences. In the top of the 2nd, three hits produced another run for Rockville who found themselves up 2-0 early in the 2nd. In the bottom of the 2nd, RGMVM’s #10 Gerard Fraraaci opened up with a single up the middle and advancing to second base on a fielding error by the center fielder. The stage was set for #27 Austin Nieves, who doubled up the middle scoring Frarraci and pull within 1 run of the lead. Innings 3 and 4 proved fruitless for both opponents as quality pitching and exceptional defense was put forth by both teams. The top of the 5th produced another run for Rockville following 2 hit inning and giving Rockland a 3-1 lead. The bottom of the fifth proved stressful for RGMVM as two of three players were thrown out at close plays at the plate. Following back to back walks to #1 TJ Ritter and #9 Eric Tully, RGMVM’s first attempt to score was cut short at home as Ritter was tagged out on an fielders choice (FC) by Frarraci. Tully subsequently scored on a passed ball, but Frarraci was tagged out on his attempt following a wild pitch and several throws by Rockville. At the end of 5 innings, RGMVM found themselves trailing 3-2 and players and parents alike could feel the tension as an unfamiliar silence fell upon the field. Piteo took the mound, retiring Rockville on 13 pitches to keep the game close. However, many sensed that maybe this was the closing chapter for RGMVM. After a hard hit ground out by #4 Dan Ammirati you could hear a pin drop. RGMVM parents held their breadth as # 27 Austin Nieves stepped to the plate and was hit by a pitch. The next batter, #16 Shane Hitzler drew a walk, to the ovation of RGMVM spectators. A passed ball followed, advancing Nieves and Hitzler to 2nd and 3rd followed by #25 Brandon Acosta who also drew a walk, loading the bases in the bottom of the sixth. All had stepped into the batter’s box with RGMVM’s NYS Championship fate on their shoulders and all had executed their task of avoiding the record of an additional out or double play ball that would end their season. With the bases loaded and one out in the books, # 18 Karl Klesin stepped to the plate, and as per the instruction of Manager Steve Adams, he was informed to take a strike and then given permission to swing away. With the count 2-1, Klesin executed by ripping a line drive shot that continued to rise way over the centerfield fence for a walk off grand slam win; sustaining RGMVM’s hopes of winning the 2007 NYS Championship. The impending fear of a closed chapter actually resulted in a storybook ending for RGMVM, as they now return to Van Ness to face off against the team that sent them into the loser’s bracket. State Game # 3 vs Brighton LL is scheduled for Monday, August 6th, 2007 at 5:30 PM on this same Bronxchester field. Come down and cheer RGMVM on as they strive to make history once again!!!

State Game #1 vs Brighton – August 4, 2007

After the NYS Little League Championship opening ceremonies, RGMVM took to the field to face a familiar opponent Brighton LL. The team from Rochester also reached the state finals in 2006, and was eliminated by RGMVM in game #2 held in Islip LI.

This time around however, the outcome would be totally different. With Fraracci on the mound keeping Brighton at bay, RGMVM jumped out to an early lead in the bottom of the first via a double by Piteo and RBI triple by Fraracci. A walk by Tully and Ammirati set up a bases loaded 2 RBI single by Paul Hyland and RGMVM found themselves up 3-0. The top of the second witnessed only one single, however a combination of infield errors gave back 2 runs to Brighton. In the top of the third, after surrendering a leadoff double, Fraracci retired the side on a ground out and 4-6-3 double play. In the bottom of the 3rd, after a single by Ammirati and two wild pitches advancing him to third, TJ Ritter reached first on a fielding error by the second baseman scoring Ammirati. Piteo subsequently stepped to the plate and belted another towering homerun over the left centerfield fence and RGMVM was up 6-2. Although the game appeared to be in check, RGMVM found themselves in very unfamiliar territory with an onslaught of fielding and throwing errors over the last three innings handing the hard hitting Brighton 9 runs and the game. RGMVM bats were silent for the remainder of the game as well allowing their first defeat to unfold after 5 straight victories this 2007 season. Similar to the road they chose last year, they now found themselves catapulted into the loser’s bracket of the double elimination tournament. It appears these kids must love to play, as they have now elected to take the scenic route to a potential 2007 NYS Championship victory. Difficult? – YES, Impossible? – NO! Game #2 is scheduled for 11 AM Sunday August 5th versus Rockville Centre on the beautiful Bronxchester field at Van Ness. GO RGMVM!


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2007 11U New York City Champs RGMVM
Friday, July 13
2007 RGMVM 11U Tournament Team Wins New York City Championship!
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2007 11U District 27 Champs RGMVM
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The 11U Team Takes The New York City Little League Championship By Defeating Staten Island 3-1 Behind The Pitching Of Chris Piteo. 



Section Championship Game #3 vs Staten Island – August 1, 2007

A Brooklyn NY setting was most appropriate for the 2007 Section Championship rematch between RGMVM and Staten Island. Traveling to Kings Bay LL on August 1st, 2007, RGMVM set there sights once again on capturing a City/Sectional title after making history in 2006. As the game commenced on the well groomed field, all players and parents alike knew it would be a gem of a game between two well rounded teams.

After 2 scoreless innings with #34 Chris Piteo in total control on the mound, RGMVM put up their only runs of the game. After a single by TJ Ritter and a beautiful sacrifice bunt by KC Surdi to move TJ into scoring position, Gerard Frarraci doubled to score Ritter opening up a 1-0 lead. The offense did not stop there as Eric Tully ripped a towering 2 run shot over the right field fence to put RGMVM ahead 3-0. Piteo continued to dominate through the third, allowing no hits and striking out a total of five 5 to that point. In the bottom of fourth, after reaching base on an error and advancing to second, Staten Island scored on their only hit of the game. Anthony Locasio and Chris Piteo opened up the 5th with back to back singles, but Staten Island’s relief kept RGMVM at bay through to the sixth. Piteo retired the first three batters in the bottom of the sixth, giving RGMVM Little League their second Sectional Title and advancing them into the NYS Championship finals accomplishing the feat on a 1-hitter with a total of 60 pitches (53 strikes, 7 balls) and 9 strikeouts. RGMVM now heads to Van Ness Little League in the Bronx to see if they can capture the NYS Championship that eluded them in 2006.

The first game is scheduled for Sunday August 4th versus a returning 2006 final four team Brighton LL form Rochester. GOOD LUCK TO ALL THE RGMVM PLAYERS!!!

The team now heads to the NY State Championship which will be held Saturday Aug 4 in the Bronx at Van Nest LL. Game times and more info to follow..

Come down and root our Boys on to a first ever RGMVM LL State Championship

Section Game #2 - July 30, 2007

 RGMVM traveled back to Van Ness on July 30 with memories of their 2006 City/Sectional win at the Bronx field still fresh in their minds. This year however, their opponent was Patterson in game #2 of the Sectional Round.

With #9 Eric Tully on the mound for RGMVM, Patterson jumped out to an early 2-0 lead following a 2-run homer in the top of the first. Not to worry as RGMVM responded in the bottom of the 2nd. After back to back walks to Karl Klesin and Dan Ammirati, TJ Ritter punched an RBI single scoring Klesin to pull within 1 run. Patterson then tacked on a run in the top of 3rd to go ahead 3-1 putting RGMVM in unfamiliar territory for the first time this 2007 season.

After a scoreless 3rd, and a 9 pitch retirement of Patterson by Tully in the top of the 4th, RGMVM responded with a towering 3 run homer over the left centerfield fence by # 34 Chris Piteo following a walk by #6 Paul Hyland and single by Brandon Acosta. Tully kept Patterson at bay in the 5th with another 9 pitch inning that included a nicely executed 6-4-3 double play by Hitzler-Piteo-Nieves.

RGMVM tacked on 4 more runs in the fifth after singles by Tully, Acosta and Nieves setup an RBI walk by TJ Ritter, followed by a base clearing 3 RBI double by Chris Piteo which scored Hyland, Acosta and Ritter. Patterson responded with a solo home run in top of the sixth, but a little too late as Patterson succumbed to RGMVM 8-4.

After the win, the RGMVM 11U Tournament team found themselves traveling a familiar road as they set there sights on Staten Island in the City/Sectional Championship to be played on Wednesday, August 1, 2007, at Kings Bay, Brooklyn. GO RGMVM!

Section Game #1 - July 28, 2007

Rested after their District 27 Championship win on July 16, the RGMVM 11U Tournament Team headed back to Broad Channel, mosquito repellant in hand, to face Van Ness in game #1 of the City/Sectional round.

On the mound for RGMVM was # 10 Gerard Fraracci, retiring Van Ness in the first inning on 11 pitches with two ground balls to Ammirati at short and one to Tully at 3rd. RGMVM opened up with a slew of offense in the 1st. With the bases loaded, Austin Nieves roped a 2 rbi doubled to score Shane Hitzler and Eric Tully followed by a 2 rbi single by Paul Hyland that drove in Fraracci and Nieves. A single by Brandon Acosta moved Hyland to 2nd, and another RBI was in the books via a single by TJ Ritter placing RGMVM ahead 5-0. Fraracci kept Van Ness in check in the 2nd and 3rd with no runs scored. In the bottom of the 3rd, after Ammirati reached on a throwing error, #27 Austin Nieves belted a towering 2-run homer over the centerfield fence to stretch
RGMVM’s lead to 7-0.

After a scoreless 4th and 5th for Van Ness, RGMVM ended the game subsequent to scoring 3 runs in the bottom of the fifth. After Acosta was hit by a pitch, and singles by TJ Ritter and Shane Hitzler, Tully walked to score Acosta and Fraracci doubled scoring Ritter and Hitzler, ending the game at a score of 10-0.

Fraracci pitched a strong game for a total of 6 strikeouts and 2 hits to put Game #1 behind them.

Next up is Game #2 vs Patterson to be played at Van Ness on Monday July 30, 2007. GO RGMVM! RGMVM’s

District Championship – July 16, 2007
On July 16, 2007 the RGMVM 11U Tournament Team headed back to Broad Channel to face Ozone Howard in the District 27 Championship Game. The game once again opened up under threatening skies but the players did not let it rain on their parade.

On the mound for RGMVM was #10 Gerard Fraracci. After a shaky start and Ozone Howard scoring in bottom of the 1st to go ahead 1-0, Fraracci settled down and kept Ozone Howard at bay into the fourth inning pitching 3 scoreless innings. RGMVM came back in the 4th to tie the game after a leadoff walk by Fraracci and RBI double by Karl Klesin.

In the 5th inning, Eric Tully homered with a towering shot to straightaway center to put RGMVM ahead 2-1. The scoring did not end there as Ammirati singled, ultimately advancing to third where he scored on a wild pitch. A single by Locasio and a fielders choice set up an RBI double by Paul Hyland scoring Klesin from 1st and giving RGMVM a 4-1 lead. In the bottom of the 5th, #9 Eric Tully started in relief of Fraracci and retired Ozone on 8 pitches.

In the top of the sixth, RGMVM tacked on an insurance run after singles by Tully and Dan Ammirati set up an RBI single by Fraracci scoring Tully. Ozone scored two in the sixth before the game was put away giving this RGMVM team their second District 27 Title and propelling them into City/Sectional round.

RGMVM continues to excel on their strong pitching, exceptional defense and timely hitting by all players. Next stop is #1 of the Sectional to be played at Broad Channel on July 28, 2007. Good Luck boys!

11U Tournament Team set out for their first District 27 Tournament game versus Ozone Howard (1-0) on Wednesday July 11, 2007.

The game, which was held at nearby Broad Channel, commenced under threatening fog shrouded skies, which eventually opened up and suspended play - but not before RGMVM scored 13 runs by the top of the fourth inning and were still at the plate with nobody out.

The boys hit the ball hard and deep all night, with Ozone Howard playing exceptional defense in the outfield. Offensive was provided off the bats of Chris Piteo (3-3, 2 HR, 7 RBI’s), which included a Grand Slam in the 4th, Gerard Fraracci (2-3), Austin Nieves (1-3), Karl Klesin (1-1), Paul Hyland (1-1), and Shane Hitzler (2-2, 2 RBI’s).

On the mound for RGMVM was #34 Chris Piteo who threw 3 scoreless innings throwing a total of 53 pitches (38 S, 15 B, and 7K’s) while allowing 2 hits to secure RGMVM's first win of the 2007 Tournament season.

Ozone Howard opted not to continue the suspended game and conceded in the top of the fourth inning with RGMVM ahead 13-0.  Giving RGMVM their first win in the series.

The RGMVM 11U team has been practicing under the watchful eye of Manager Steve Adams, who led the team to a historical 2nd Place finish in the 9-10 Yr Old State Championships in 2006. The boys are hoping to attain another shot at the 10-11 Yr Old title in 2007. Their next game is scheduled for 5:30 PM on Monday, July 16, versus WORKS at Broad Channel LL.

Click on the handouts for game summaries and team stats.

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11U Team Pitcher Chris Piteo With 1st Baseman Eric Tully
Handout: RGMVM 11U Tournament Team Info And Stats

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Major 2006 Champs
Tuesday, February 20
Major And Minor Teams Celebrate Little League Tournment Runs...
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Minor 2006 Champs

RGMVM Little League Honors Tournament Teams
On, Friday February 16th RGMVM Little League held an awards night to recognize their Minors and Majors Division Tournament Champions. League President Pat Piteo presented all the boys with plaques. The Minors Division team managed by Steve Adams won the Districit and Sectional Championship. The team came up a little short in the NY State title game. This group of boys still has two years of Little League Tournament eligibility.

The other team honored was the Majors Division Tournament team which won the District Championship. This team fell one game short of winning the Sectioanl Championship, losing to the eventual North East representative in Williamsport (Staten Island Little League). The team was managed by Rich Callaghan. The members of this team have nothing to be ashamed of after winning the District Championship as Minors, 11 yr. Olds and Majors. Most of these players have completed their Little League eligibility. The league can be very proud as these young men head off to possible roster spots on High School teams. Some of those schools include Regis, Molloy, Christ the King, McClancy, and Kellenberg.

As a community we have a responsibility to our youth, both girls and boys. RGMVM Little League is about to kick off its’ 56th Season with the annual parade on April 7th. Come out and support our neighborhood youth as they play softball and baseball on Queens’ best Little League fields.

Friday, January 26
Important Information On Wood Bats Vs Metal Bats

January 26,2006

To All League Members,

I know there are a lot of questions about wood bats vs metal bats. There has been talk in NYC of looking to have metal bats banned. I just want to share with our league members the updated information concerning Little leagues stance on this subject. Please read it as it contains important information and will help answer many questions that are out there.

Pat Piteo
President RGMVM Little League

From: "Little League International"
Sent: Friday, January 26, 2007 4:11 PM
To: "Patrick" Subject: Bulletin from Little League International - Enews January 25, 2007

Dear Little League Volunteers,

The Youth Committee of USA Baseball today issued the statement below regarding non-wood bats. Little League International is a member, along with other youth organizations, of USA Baseball. Little League also holds a seat on the USA Baseball Board of Directors.

USA Baseball often coordinates research that affects all youth baseball organizations. For example, USA Baseball was instrumental in the recent change to the league age determination date by all youth baseball organizations.

USA Baseball, the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of baseball as designated by the Amateur Sports Act of 1978, recently held a meeting of its National Youth Membership, and on behalf of the following organizations has released the following statement:

1. American Amateur Baseball Congress (AABC)
2. American Legion Baseball
3. Dixie Baseball
4. Little League Baseball, Inc.
5. Babe Ruth Baseball
6. PONY Baseball
7. National Amateur Baseball Federation (NABF)
8. National Baseball Congress / Hap Dumont Baseball
9. Amateur Athletic Union (AAU)
10. United States Sports Specialties Association (USSSA)
11. National Police Athletic League (PAL)
12. T-Ball USA

PERCEPTION: Aluminum bats are more dangerous than wood bats. The National Consumer Product Safety Commission studied this issue and concluded in 2002 that there is no evidence to suggest that aluminum bats pose any greater risk than wood bats. Multiple amateur baseball governing bodies, including the NCAA, National High School Federation, Little League International, PONY, et al, all track safety statistics and have concluded that aluminum bats do not pose a safety risk.

PERCEPTION: Balls come off aluminum bats faster than wood. Since 2003, all bats are required to meet the "Bat Exit Speed Ratio" (BESR) performance limitation, which ensures that aluminum bats do not hit the ball any harder than the best wood bats.

PERCEPTION: Injuries from aluminum bats are more severe than with wood bats. Two out of the three deaths from a batted ball in the last decade came from wood bats. Dr. Frederick Mueller, Director of the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research, has indicated from his studies that catastrophic injuries from wood bats may be more frequent than aluminum bats.

PERCEPTION: The Brown University study proves that aluminum bats hit the ball harder than wood bats. This study is irrelevant by today's standards. All of the bats used in the Brown study would not be allowed to be used today, because they do not meet the BESR standard.

PERCEPTION: The use of aluminum bats places children at an unacceptable risk of injury.

A study from the National Center for Catastrophic Sports Injury Research shows that there have been only 15 catastrophic batted ball injuries to pitchers out of more than 9,500,000 high school and college participants since 1982.

During the last five years a number of states, individual organizations, city councils, and others have proposed the banning of metal baseball bats on a number of different levels. These actions have typically been in reaction to a catastrophic injury as opposed to being based on creditable injury data or research. In May of 2002 the Consumer Product Safety Commission stated, "The Commission is not aware of any information that injuries produced by balls batted with non-wood bats are more severe than those involving wood bats". This statement was true in 2002 and it is true in 2007.

The Medical/Safety Advisory Committee of USA Baseball was initiated due to the lack of injury data needed to make decisions affecting the safety of baseball participants. Prior to 2005 there has not been significant research comparing injuries to baseball pitchers from metal bats versus wood bats. In 2005 the USA Baseball Medical/Safety Committee initiated a three year research project comparing line drive baseball injuries to pitchers from metal bats and wood bats. Metal bat injury data were taken from the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Injury Surveillance System and wood bat injury data collected from college summer leagues (NCAA recognized college summer league teams all use wood bats).

After two years (2005 and 2006) of collecting batted ball injury data to the pitcher from 93 NCAA college baseball teams and 246 college summer league teams there have only been 17 injuries to NCAA college pitchers and 15 injuries to college summer league pitchers. Only 32 injuries after 331,821 balls were hit into play (Balls hit into play are calculated by taking the number of at bats and subtracting strike outs and bases on balls). The injuries in the summer leagues were more severe than the NCAA injuries. One-third of the summer league injuries involved the head and face as opposed to none in the NCAA. The third year of the study will be completed in 2007.

What this data does indicate is that injuries to the pitcher from batted balls are very rare and can happen while using metal or wood bats. There is no data to indicate that the few catastrophic injuries to baseball pitchers from metal bats would not have happened if the batter was using a wood bat. Before any sport makes rule changes, equipment changes, or other changes related to the safety of the participants, it is imperative that these changes are based on reliable injury data and not anecdotal information.

----- More information on this subject is available at these links:




Carlos With The Gabby Clinic Kids
Wednesday, October 4
Mets Superstar Carlos Beltran Makes A Suprise Visit To RGMVM
Carlos WIth The Kids
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Yankee superstar Carols Beltran made a surprise visit to RGMVM Little League. Carlos is a close friend with hitting coach Gabby Martinez. Gabby was giving a clinic down at Seither Stadium. Gabby and Carlos spend over 2 hours giving the kids a hitting and fielding clinic.

Then Carlos signed autographs for all the kids. Carols also took batting practice of his own and did long toss with coach Gabby. Gabby Martinez and Greg Modica are doing baseball clinics every Saturday in October at RGMVM Seither Stadium..

For more information you can call Gabby Martinez at 347-749-9968, 347-840-2932.  

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Wednesday, October 4
More Carlos Pictures...........


Monday, September 25

Please Read This Great Newspaper Article
By The Queens Ledger Nick D'Arienzo.
Dateline : Thursday, September 28, 2006
 by Nick D'Arienzo

To take a stroll around the grounds of Seither Stadium with RGMVM Little League's Vice President Al Erdmann is akin to taking a leisurely stroll through our community's baseball history. Having now been involved for more than 30 years with the organization, Erdmann has championed the baseball hopes and dreams of countless young people in our community, the league serving, in name R-idgewood,  G-lendale, M-iddle V-illage,
and M-aspeth.

On this particular Saturday, RGMVM is conducting tryouts for both their fall league (currently underway) and their highly-touted and nationally renowned spring league, which has been in operation for 55 years now. For Erdmann, each tryout brings another opportunity, another opportunity for a new crop of young baseball-hopefuls, and another opportunity for a vet like Erdmann to instill in the young boys and girls who come his way not just the fundamentals of our national pastime, but also a way of life that baseball seems to indicate best - via a unique kind of teamwork and sportsmanship that encourages role-playing, via a unique kind of long season that encourages resilience and perseverance. As Werdmann tells me, no kid who tries out for RGMVM ever really gets turned down. Tryouts are more or less a way of making sure that all teams are made up equitably, that the unique chemistry that creates baseball teams is preserved.

In addition, such parity ensures that in any given season, any one of RGMVM's sponsors can be in a position to win - and Erdmann is quick to thank those sponsors for their years of loyal service. Neighborhood institutions like Glendale Lumber, Schwille Funeral Home, Ridgewood Savings. For it is their support that creates the structure helping to shape these young lives. Another ally that Erdmann is quick to thank is City Councilman Dennis Gallagher, whose support has been invaluable to the league, and whose contribution can be seen most tangibly on the piece of property abutting the three fields, nestled just above the dormant railroad tracks. Here, Gallagher has helped to provide RGMVM with an easement allocating a lot more necessary space - basically, an extra parcel of land that can be used for batting practice, pre-game warm-ups, etc. while the much-in-demand ballfields are still in use. In essence, as viewed from above and this parcel of land, and tucked away behind the unseen intersection of Woodhaven Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue, RGMVM actually looks more like a little village than a baseball stadium. Ask Erdmann what his greatest reward is in all this, and his answer is particularly revealing: "When you see one of these kids get a college scholarship - and grow up to be a real fine young man or young woman. You can really change a life with that. That scholarship can be so valuable." With such strong and solid ties to the community over several generations, it's no wonder then that RGMVM becomes a multi-generational organization, and in a lot of ways, a family affair. On this particular Saturday, there are three Erdmanns on the field, my host (Al III), Tim, and Al IV. RGMVM President Pat Piteo's son Chris is no doubt on one of the three ballfields. And as treasurer Cora Modica checks in aspiring ballplayers, her son Greg is gearing up for the private instruction he will be offering, as he does every year. In fact, most of RGMVM's staff is made up of former participants, so grateful for the opportunities they had, that they want to make sure those opportunities continue in perpetuity for others. For Erdmann, it is one of his favorite parts of the job.

It should be pointed out that former major leaguer Allen Watson is a proud RGMVM "grad", the only one to have made it all the way to the majors, where he played with both the METS and the YANKEES, among others. These days, Watson, too, is giving back to his community in a tremendous way. As the head coach of baseball at CHRIST THE KING HIGH SCHOOL, his alma mater, he has already returned the school to playoff prominence, and can often be found at Juniper Park providing personal instruction of one form or another to area youngsters, especially pitchers, regardless of whether or not they attend CK, or McCLANCY, or MOLLOY, for that matter. It is no doubt a philosophy which was instilled in him during his RGMVM days. Ask Erdmann which he thinks is more important, the baseball fundamentals or the life lessons these youngsters learn along the way, and he will quickly tell you the latter. "We're tying to build solid citizens here." It is a big part of the folksiness of RGMVM that has ensured its success over so many years, the privacy afforded by its state-of-the-art surroundings, and the security that youngsters (and parents!) can appreciate by virtue of a relatively unchanged infrastructure and staff over the course of several generations.

As I take my leave of Erdmann on this balmy Saturday, he is ministering on the barbecue to what can only politely be referred to as beer-infused chicken. "You oughtta stay for lunch next time," he shouts. And as I head out, I think to myself that I very likely will, if not for a taste of what already smells like an incredibly savory meal, than almost certainly for the good company.

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Wednesday, August 9

Section 3 Final:
RGMVM - 13 Staten Island Mid Island LL - 10

After winning their first two Section games with relative ease the boys from RGMVM had no idea what they were in for on this night. They would be put into a situation they weren’t familiar with, playing from behind, but they would come back and win the first ever Section 3 Title in league history. RGMVM sent their ace Chris Piteo to the mound and after two innings they were down 9-0. It wasn’t that Chris was throwing that badly it was the defense that wasn’t supporting their pitcher. Of those nine runs given up over the first two innings only one of them was earned. And that’s when the game changed.

With things looking bleak the boys woke up and exploded for 13 unanswered runs. After 2 innings with only one base runner the bats came alive. Nick Lante led off the inning with a walk followed by a Case Surdi single. After a fielders choice Brandon Acosta came to the plate and singled up the middle which cleared the bases after the center fielder misplayed the ball. Chris Piteo then doubled and was followed by singles by Eric Tully, Danny Ammirati, and Karl Klesin. An Austin Nieves walk and another Mid Island error and the boys from RGMVM were only down 9-6 and things were looking up. Things continued to roll in the 4th inning when RGMVM scored 5 more runs to take the lead for the first time. The first four batters of the inning walked scoring a run and then Klesin drove in another run with a fielders choice, but the big blow came off the bat of Paul Hyland who cleared the bases with a triple giving RGMVM a 10-9 lead. Two pitches later Hyland straight stole home giving the boys an 11-9 lead.

The locals had a big scare in the bottom of the 4th when Mid Island loaded the bases against Piteo with two outs. But then the defensive play of the tournament was made and saved the game. Joseph Portaro hit a major league high fly ball that left fielder Frank Chiodi, after running a long way and through a hole in the outfield, got under to catch and save the lead and possibly the Section Title.

Danny Ammirati then put the game away in the 5th with a two run single that gave them a 13-9 lead. Piteo surrendered a run in the 6th but it was too little too late as the boys from RGMVM were on to their first Section 3 Title in the leagues 55 year history.

The boys showed great heart and desire all night and never put their heads down, even with 100 degree heat beating down on them. Piteo showed the greatest heart pitching the last 3 innings with a severe headache. This win gives the boys a birth in the 9-10 year old State Tournament to be held in Islip, Long Island.

New York State Tournament Game 1
Sachem - 6 RGMVM - 1

Just three days after their thrilling victory in the Section Final the boys from RGMVM were off to Long Island to play for the State Title. Down to the Final Four teams in the entire state the boys drew the local Long Island team from Sachem, and things got off to another ugly start. Starting pitcher

Brandon Acosta got off to a shaky start allowing six runs over the first two innings but settled down and only allowed one more base runner the rest of the game. The bats for the RGMVM boys didn’t fair much better as they only could muster up six hits off Sachem starter James White, with the lone run coming in the third inning when Acosta scored on an Eric Tully single. White would go the distance and keep the local boys off balance all day. White only struck out three batters but the Sachem defense did a great job of only making one error all afternoon.

The boys got off to a bad start here but this is a double elimination tournament so tomorrow is another day.

State Tournament Game 2
RGMVM - 10 Brighton - 5

After a sluggish first day the bats came alive again banging out ten runs in the first two innings against the team from Brighton, NY, which is right outside of Rochester. From the first batter of the game the boys looked ready to forget yesterday’s game and start fresh. Brandon Acosta led off the game with a single, after a fielders choice erased Acosta, Chris Piteo singled followed by an Eric Tully walk. The bases were then loaded for Danny Ammirati who singled to center and after the ball took a bad hop over the centerfielders head the bases had been cleared and RGMVM led 3-0. Karl Klesin finished off the scoring for the inning with a double to right scoring Ammirati.

The bats kept at it in the second inning when the boys put up 6 more runs. Nick Lante, Mike Billera, and Brandon Acosta were the first three batters to the plate and all three would single to load the bases. After an out was made Piteo would double to right center scoring all three runs and gave RGMVM a 6-1 lead, but the scoring didn’t end there. After a fly out and a Brighton error Karl Klesin stepped to the plate and belted a two run homer over the left center field fence to give RGMVM a 10-1 lead. While all this was going on Chris Piteo was back at it on the mound throwing another complete game and running his tournament record to 4-0 includeing 2

Piteo would go the distance allowing two earned runs and striking out eight Brighton batters. With this win the RGMVM boys would advance to the next round of the tournament and a rematch with Sachem.

State Tournament Game 3
RGMVM - 6 Sachem - 5

With revenge on their minds the boys from RGMVM came out early and looked like they were here to take care of business. Eric Tully was sent to the mound looking to record his third win of the tournament. Tully was sharp early keeping sachem at bay while the RGMVM boys got out to an early lead. In the second inning Austin Nieves lead off with a single and was sacrificed over to second by Mike Billera.

After a Brandon Acosta single, Nieves scored on an infield hit by TJ Ritter, giving RGMVM a 1-0 lead. After Tully put up another zero on the board the boys jumped on Sachem for three more runs. Tully lead off with a walk and then back to back doubles by Danny Ammirati and Karl Klesin gave RGMVM a 2-0 lead. Then back to back sac flies by Nieves and Nick Lante and the boys had a 4-0 lead going into the 4th inning. Then Tully ran into some trouble giving up three runs before being relieved by Nick Lante who came into the game with runners on second and third. Lante would get a ground ball back to the mound, would look the runner back to third and throw to get the out at first. But when Lante threw to first the runner took off for the plate so Chris Piteo quickly came off the base and fired home to Acosta to turn the old 1-3-2 double play to end the inning.

RGMVM could get nothing going in the fourth and Sachem then jumped on Lante to take the lead in the 5th with two more runs. In the bottom of the 5th the local boys came right back and tied the game up when Austin Nieves scored on a Brandon Acosta bloop single into right. Lante shut the Sachem boys down 1-2-3 in the 6th and the stage was set for RGMVM to get the walk off win. With the middle of the order up for RGMVM the game looked to be over but when the first two batters made out it looked like we were headed to extra innings. But then Danny Ammirati singled to keep the inning alive. After Klesin reached on an error the stage was set for Austin Nieves to be the hero. Nieves proceeded to hit a single into left field scoring Casey Surdi who was pinch running for Ammirati and sending the boys and fans into an uproar with the exciting win.

The boys again showed great heart after getting down late and never giving up. With this win the RGMVM boys will face the team from East Greenbush – Castleton Little League for the State Title. EGCLL needs just one win since they are already 2-0, while RGMVM will need to win two days in a row to win the title.

State Tournament Game 4
East Greenbush – Castleton - 9 RGMVM - 2

With their backs up against the wall the RGMVM boys came out a bit sluggish against a very good EGCLL team and it cost them. RGMVM sent Danny Ammirati, who hasn’t pitched in at least a month, to the mound to try and keep their season alive. After giving up an unearned run in the top of the first RGMVM came right back and scored one of their own in the bottom half. With two outs Chris Piteo, Eric Tully and finally Ammirati singled to get RGMVM on the board. EGCLL would come right back in the top of the second with another unearned run, but RGMVM bounced right back again. TJ Ritter led off with a single and was then erased on a fielder’s choice. Brandon Acosta then singled and with two out Karl Klesin singled to score the second RGMVM run of the day. After two innings the boys hadn’t played their best baseball but they were even at two. In the third inning the wheels feel off and EGCLL scored four more runs, only one earned, and put them up 6-2.

They would tack on three more runs over the next few innings and go on to a 9-2 victory and the State Title. The EGCLL team went 3-0 in this tournament and deserved the title as they played solid defense with real good pitching and timely hitting all weekend.

Congratulations boys. I would like to thank all the boys on this RGMVM team as we became the first team in league history to win the Section 3 Title as well as reach the State Finals. We finished 2nd in the entire state of New York which started out with over more then 500 teams, so you have nothing to be ashamed of. I am extremely proud of all of you and you should be proud of yourself for all your accomplishments this summer. I would also like to thank all the parents for all their time they gave and all the support they gave these young boys. Finally I would like to thank my two assistant coaches Brian Chrzastek, and Hugh Tully who kept me under control in the dugout when things weren’t going so great, I couldn’t have done it without you. And remember boys “TU MADRE”.

Thursday, August 3

The boys baseball minor district tournament team made history last night as RGMVM took its first ever Minor Boys Division New York City Tittle.

The win came over Mid Island Little League of Staten Island. The boys now travel to Long Island this weekend to go for the New York State tittle. There will be four teams there from the four little league sections of New York State. Good Luck Boys !

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RGMVM 2006 Minor Queens District Champs
RGMVM Tournament Team News; UPDATE 7/31/06
Little League Sectional / City Championship
RGMVM 9-10 Yr. Old Tournament Team:
Monday, July 31, 2006
RGMVM - 8 Bedford Hills - 4
On Monday night in Elmsford, the boys from RGMVM, the District 27 Champion stayed hot and kept their hopes of winning the Sectional Title alive by beating the District 33 Champion Bedford Hills. The pitching match up was Eric Tully for RGMVM and Scott Michaels for Bedford Hills. Tully retired the side in order in the top of the first inning, striking out two batters. RGMVM would score two runs in their half of the first. The first two hitters, T.J. Ritter and Brandon Acosta walked, then stole third and second respectively. This set the stage for Eric Tully to help his own cause with a sac fly for the first run of the game. Daniel Ammirati singled to left for the second run.

Michaels would settle down after that and retire RGMVM in order the second and third innings. Bedford Hills would put together a little rally of their own in the second inning. An error and a walk put runners on for Henry Jacobs, who doubled to center to score a run. Unfortunately for Bedford that was all they scored in the inning as a runner was thrown out at home trying to score on a past ball by catcher Brandon Acosta. The catcher recovered quickly and flipped to pitcher Tully covering home. Tully would strike out the next batter to end the threat. Tully also would get into a grove and not allow a run over the third and fourth innings. RGMVM would score four runs in the fourth inning. There were four consecutive hits, a double by Tully, then singles by Daniel Ammirati, Karl Klesin and Paul Hyland. Bedford would make things closer by scoring three runs in the top of the fifth inning. There was a walk, a batter hit by a pitch, an error, a single and double, before Tully got relief help from Nick Lante to stop the rally. RGMVM was not going to let this game get away as they scored two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth. Karl Klesin tripled to left, scoring Frank Chiodi, who had singled earlier in the inning. Then Klesin stole home. Lante allowed a meaningless single in the top of the sixth before getting the final three outs of the game.

The Sectional Title game will be Wednesday night in Van Nest, Bronx between RGMVM and Staten Island.

Saturday July 29

RGMVM - 6 Eastchester Little League - 0
On Saturday July 29th, at beautiful Seither Stadium the District 27 Champions RGMVM Little League faced off against the District 20 Champions Eastchester Little League. The District 20 Champions made the trip down from Westchester County to Middle Village. They arrived with their cars painted with fancy logos and good luck praises for their hometown heroes, but that proved to be of no help as they ran into the strong pitching of Chris Piteo.
Piteo pitched a complete game no hit shut out on a total of only 77 pitches. In fact Piteo allowed only three base runners, two by infield errors and one on a walk. RGMVM got eight hits and six runs off Eastchester’s starting pitcher Nick Campana. In the second inning, Daniel Ammirati led off getting hit by a pitch. He would come in to score on Casey Sordi’s RBI sacrifice fly. Karl Klesin and Austin Nieves had infield singles and they were driven home by T.J. Ritter’s single.

RGMVM would go down 1-2-3 in both the third and fourth innings. In the fifth T.J.Ritter led off with a single to right field (Ritter was 3 for 3 in the game with two singles and a double). The next batter Brandon Acosta took the first pitch he saw deep over the right center field fence. RGMVM was not finished yet, Chris Piteo had an infield single and he scored on Eric Tully’s double to center field. Next up for RGMVM will be a trip on Monday July 31st to play the District 33 Champion Bedford Hills in Elmsford.


The boys 10U Minor team beat Ozone Howard Little League 12-2 to take the Queens District tittle.

Look for the full game summary to be posted.
 The boys now head for sectional play on Saturday July 29 at 11 AM.
The game will be played at RGMVM 's Seither Stadium.

UDATE 7/25/06:

Boys Major 12U Team Sectional Play Games Summary:

Tuesday July 25, 2006
Bayside - 0

On Monday July 24th the Little League District 27 Major Division Champion RGMVM traveled north to Dutchess County to play the District 26 Champion Bayside Little League. The pitching match-up was Marco Martino for RGMVM and Christian Cruz for Bayside. RGMVM was the visiting team in the contest and they were looking to get off to a quick start in the top of the first inning.

First baseman Nicholas Picht walked, then Marco Martino singled. A double steal put runners on second and third. The stage was set for left fielder Rob Shanley, who stepped up to the plate and hit a hard grounder to the third baseman. The third baseman for Bayside threw wildly to first allowing both runners to score. RGMVM would score three runs in the third inning. Martino led off the inning with a double to centerfield. Third Baseman Kevin Lawlor singled to drive in Martino. A fileder’s choice erased Lawlor. Then right fielder Joe Mortillaro doubled to center field, catcher Mike Guglielmi walked and second baseman Ken Sumsky singled to deep centerfield to drive both of the runners home. Three consecutive hits in the fourth gave RGMVM two more runs. Shortstop Sal Ciccone led off with a triple, Martino plated that run with a double to centerfield and Shanley singled center to score Martino. After a fielder’s choice and a couple of stolen bases Shanley singled in the fifth inning for RGMVM’s final run of the game. While RGMVM was doing all the scoring, Martino had Bayside shut down. The District 26 Champion could do nothing to dent the scoreboard. Martino didn’t allow a runner to get past second base. Martino allowed two hits, two walks, and struck out 9 batters in the complete game shutout victory. The next game for RGMVM is the Sectional Championship game Wed night in Yonkers. Sunday July 23, 2006
RGMVM - 4 
Inwood Little League - 2
On Sunday July 23rd RGMVM, the District #27 Champion faced the District #23 Champion from Inwood, Manhattan Little League at Seither Stadium. The damp weather could not dampen the spirits of the two teams. This was a the first Sectional playoff game for the right to advance to Albany for the State Championship.

The low score was not indicative of the high level of play by both teams. Rob Shanley was the starting pitcher for RGMVM and his counterpart for Inwood was Joseph Morel. RGMVM would get on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning as Shanley helped his own cause by singling to drive in shortstop Sal Ciccone, who had previously doubled. Shanley cruised thru the top of the first striking out two of Inwood’s first three hitters. However, Inwood would tie the score in the bottom of the second inning. First baseman Eric Roman would single in the pitcher Morel who had led off the inning with a single back up the middle, but bad base running cost Inwood a chance to take the lead as three base runners were cut down at third base. RGMVM would regain the lead in the third inning. First baseman Nicholas Picht led off the inning by grounding out to third. The next batter Sal Ciccone blasted a long drive over the right center field fence. RGMVM was not done as centerfielder Marco Martino walked, Rob Shanley singled. Third baseman Kevin Lawlor sacrificed to move both runners up one base. Mike DaGostino followed that with a single driving in Martino. Rob Shanley would steal home for the third run of the inning. RGMVM would not come close to scoring over the final three innings, as Morel settled down and got help by his second baseman Stephen Alamais, who leaped to snare a liner off the bat of left fielder Patrick O’ Reilly in the top of the sixth inning. A definite web gem play.

The question now was could Shanley hold the lead. Yes he could with help from his defense. Catcher Mike Guglielmi threw out a would be base stealer in the fourth, but the highlight came in the bottom of the sixth as both Marco Martino and Patrick O’Reilly made game saving diving catches of line drives. These catches would be highlight film replays. I say game saving because the third batter in the sixth inning Inwood’s third baseman Anthony Fernandez took Shanley’s first pitch over the left field fence. Shanley quickly recovered striking out the next batter to move RGMVM on to their next contest against the District #26 Champion Bayside Little League. That game will be played Monday July 24th in Patterson N.Y. Dutchess County.

Monday July 17:

The boys major 12U team beat Rockaway Little League 16-2 On Monday July 17th at Seither Stadium, to win the Queens District Championship. RGMVM started quickly in this game. Although the game ended after four innings due to the mercy rule RGMVM scored in every inning. Rockaway started Kyle Schreiner. He was the same pitcher that had started the game last Thursday. This time RGMVM was ready as evidence by the final score. There were contributions from many players in this game. Three hitting stars carried the game for RGMVM.

They were Marco Martino, who went 2-3, 2 Hr’s, 7 RBI’s, Mike Guglielmi who went 4-4, Hr, double, 2 singles, 4 RBI’s, and Rob Shanley who went 3-4, double, 2 singles, 2 RBI’s. All this hitting power was not wasted as RGMVM’s starting pitcher, Joe Mortillaro struck out five batters in three innings giving up just two runs on two hits. Rob Shanley worked a 1-2-3 4th inning to close out the game.

The next game for RGMVM is Saturday July 22nd at Seither Stadium 11am start. They will face the winner of a game to be played Friday night between Manhattan-Riverdale and Brooklyn

Minor Baseball Division Team District Game Summary 

The RGMVM Minor Division All-Stars took their game on the road for a match up against the previously undefeated Rockaway Little League team. The game was played at Fort Tilden Rockaway on Saturday on July 15 on a hot summer day.

On the mound making his first start of the tournament was Chris Piteo. RGMVM was the away team and the bats started out quickly as they jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning. The Rockaway team put forward a great effort but the big bats of the RGMVM team kept banging out hit after hit. The hitting was contagious as everyone in the line-up had multiple hit games. Brandon Acosta (who caught a great game) 4-5, Nick Lante 3-5, Karl Klesin 4-5 with a couple of hard line drives, Eric Tully 4-4, Paul Hylnad 2-3, Casey Surdi 2-3, Chris Piteo 5-5, Danny Ameranti 4-4, T.J. Ritter 4-4. The story of the game was the pitching of RGMVM as Chris went 4 innings (due to the forfeit 10 run rule) of no hit ball as RGMVM rolled to a 16-0 win.

The team seems to be rock solid as their pitching and defense has not allowed a hit in two games while scoring 28 runs. Their next opponent for the District 27 Minor Division flag will be Ozone Howard Little League July 20 at 5:30 PM Thursday night at RGMVM Seither Stadium.  

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RGMVM 2006 Major Queens District Champs

RGMVM Seither Fields Renovation Completed!

Well Check It Out Now....

Seither Stadium After The Field Work Upgrade.

All 3 Playing Fields Are Now Finished & Look Great!

All have three playing fields now have brand new clay and grass infields. The fields are now leveled out and groomed with a brand new state of the art sprinkler system.

So starting the 2006 season the players will be playing
 on without a doubt the best baseball / softball fields in New York City.

You can also click the RGMVM Photos link on the left menu
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Seither Fields Getting A Major Upgrade And Make Over For The 2006 Season!

RGMVM / Seither Stadium is getting a major redo...
 All 3 playing fields are now under construction.

All will have new clay and grass infields. The fields will be leveled out and groomed with the old sprinkler system getting a major overhaul.

This work is long overdue. The last time the fields had this work done was 10 years ago.
So starting the 2006 season the players will be playing on with
 out a doubt the best baseball / softball fields in New York City.

We will post updated pictures and progress reports as we make our
way to completion.

You can also click the RGMVM Photos link on the left menu
for more pictures!

This picture above shows the old Seither field before
 the renovation. This is a unique view  Lof Seither Stadium
Home Of  RGMVM Little League.

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Mayor Bloomberg With The Players Dons A RGMVM Baseball Cap..
RGMVM Helps Mayor Bloomberg Re-Open Victory Field!
Victory Is Declared As Revamp
Of Forest Park Field Is Finished !

A ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrated the renovation of the ballfield at the Victory Field recreational complex in Forest Park on Tuesday. The $1.9 million project included the installation of artificial turf and new fencing, seating and surrounding landscape at one of Queens’ most popular baseball fields.

In addition to the new synthetic turf field, the NYC Parks Department replaced the aging concrete seating area with steel bleachers that give spectators a more comfortable space to watch games. In top photo, Mayor Michael Bloomberg tries on a baseball cap during the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly renovated ballfield in Forest Park. The $1.9 million project included the installation of artificial turf and new fencing, seating and surrounding landscape. In bottom, right photo, RGMVM Little League players try out the new diamond.

The new dugouts, backstop and a portable pitchers mound give the look of a professional baseball field, and the new picket fencing and landscaping has improved the area’s overall appearance.
The renovation was funded with $1.4 million in the Mayor’s capital budget and $500,000 allocated by City Council Member Dennis Gallagher.

Other Queens parks to receive this new generation of artificial turf fields include Juniper Valley and Linden parks. In the past three years, the Parks Department has installed 40 new synthetic turf fields. Also, 17 artificial fields are currently under construction and there are 20 projects in design.

Thanks to technological advances in material and design, the new generation of artificial turf fields play and feel like real grass. A layer of grass-like blades sits on a base of crushed rubber pebbles that makes for an extremely durable playing field. They offer excellent drainage, are easy to maintain, and are ideal for multi-use recreation fields.

The Parks Department’s first artificial turf field opened at Manhattan’s Chelsea Park in 1998.

“We are committed to creating and improving parks and recreational space throughout the five boroughs,” said Mayor Bloomberg. “By adding to and improving our more than 1,700 city parks and open spaces, we continue to make our city more livable for all New Yorkers. Using state-of-the-art synthetic turf to convert asphalt ballfields was one of my campaign promises, and we have expanded the initiative to also improve grass fields with poor drainage. This is the 40th new field the Parks Department has installed in the past three years, and currently has another 17 under construction. The renovated ballfield at Victory Field is another great park improvement for Queens and will provide enjoyment for ballplayers and residents of Woodhaven for years to come.”
“Forest Park is one of the great recreation resources in New York City. The renovation of this baseball field will greatly improve the experience of residents who play team sports here,” said Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe. “Not only has the new fencing and landscaping made the ballfield more attractive, but the new turf will allow us to keep the ballfield open more. I’d like to thank Forest Park Administrator Debbie Kuha for all she has done for this renovation and other recent improvements to the park.”
“I would like to thank Mayor Bloomberg, Parks Commissioner Benepe and Queens Parks Commissioner Richard Murphy for assisting in making this project a reality,” said Council Member Gallagher. “This new state-of-the-art ballfield is the wave of the future and will allow our children to play in a safe environment for years to come. Within the next few years, we will see substantial improvements to Forest Park, which will further enhance one of Queens County’s most vital parklands.”

The above was written and appeared in the Ridgewood Times.

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Nick Pecht Tries OutThe New Mound At Victory...

Little League East Region Website

The newly designed, revised and updated Little League Baseball and
Softball East Region Website has been completed and is now available at www.eteamz.com/llbeast

Important information regarding Little League Baseball's East Region is now available at the site which is concentrated on providing East Region District Administrators, League Officials, League Members, League Managers/Coaches, League Volunteers and League Players with the most beneficial news, documents, regional calendar of events and tips/training for all to utilize.

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Girls Minor District Champs 2004 !
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UPDATE: RGMVM 2004 Little League Tournament Update And News......

2004 Little League Tournament: RGMVM Little League Home Of The 2004 District 27 New York State Baseball & Softball Champions! RGMVM Sweeps All Nine Divisions In The 2004 Little League Baseball / Softball Tournament As The League Captures Nine Little League New York State District 27 Championship Flags In The following Divisions: - Boys Minor Baseball 9-10 Year Olds - Boys Major Baseball 11-12 Year Olds - Boys Junior Baseball 13-14 Year Olds - Boys Senior Baseball 15-16 Year Olds - Girls Minor Softball Division - Girls Junior Softball Division - Girls Major Softball Division - Girls Softball 11-Year Olds - Girls Senior Softball Division It's Official RGMVM Little League Has Completed A Sweep In all Nine Baseball & Softball Divisions That The League Has Entered In Tournament Play ! The last pieces fell in place as the Girls Softball Minor, Girls Softball Senior and the Boys Junior Baseball teams all captured their respected District Championships with impressive victories. The 2004 Little League Tournament continues as the RGMVM teams now head off to Sections / City Playoffs. The league is proud of the accomplishments of its baseball and softball players. Their commitment to off season playing and training is bearing fruit as the league was its strongest ever in tournament competition, Congratulations to all the players coaches and parents for all their hard work and dedications! The league also had another first in its long outstanding history as the Boys Major Sectional game RGMVM Vs the Westchester District Champion Brewster Little League was tapped and televised on July 31 2004 at 1 PM on channel 62 (RNN)!



All League Mangers And Coaches Will be Required To Carry A RGMVM League Coaches Card. Get Yours Now If You Have Not Already. Call Your Player Agent For Further Details !! NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED ON THE FILE WITH OUT ONE ! THE UMPIRES AND BOARD PERSONNEL WILL BE ENFORCING THIS RULE !


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Nifty Fifty Tips For Managers, Coaches and Parents
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The following is a brief summary of some of the major skill thoughts, which players need constant reminders to execute. Managers, coaches and parents can be an asset to their players by continually emphasizing these 50 tips to them.

1-Door knocking knuckles pointing upward during hitting stance.
2-Extend elbows at the moment of contact with ball as a hitter.
3-No tension in hands and wrist when hitting.
4-Nose lined up with back of baseball at point of contact during
5-Front shoulder slightly down during stride and swing.
6-Back side tall at point of contact of ball as a hitter - back heel
   should face upward.
7-Belt buckle points toward pitcher as the bat meets the ball.
8- Hitter's lead hand should land like an airplane in front of plate.
9-Hips should turn quickly as bat meets ball.
10-When a hitter hits the ball, his top hand should be facing up and
   the bottom hand facing down.
11-The hitter should feel that he is throwing the bat at the ball.
12-A hitter's swing should be similar to the action of throwing an ax
   into a tree.
13-Bat should be eye level when attempting a sacrifice bunt.
14-Top hand should be firm when bunting.
15-Bottom hand should be soft next to bat knob when bunting.
16-Bat should be in front of plate while bunting.
17-Little finger to little finger when fielding a ground ball.
18-Thumb to thumb when catching a fly ball or a thrown ball.
19-Field a ground ball in front of the ball of the cap.
20-Use a crossover step when moving to catch line drive and fly
21-Line the front shoulder and hip with target prior to throw.
22-Infielders should "circle" all ground balls hit straight to them.
23-Cushion the ball softly when fielding short hops and ground balls.
24-Follow through with throwing shoulder toward target.
25-Outfielders should "circle" all high fly balls.
26-Fingertips should spin the ball smoothly when throwing.
27-Arm should be loose and flexible when throwing.
28-Glove foot forward when fielding ground balls.
29-Keep glove wide open and facing the ball when fielding ground
30-Fielder should set throwing-side foot, then glove-side foot and
   force glove fingers toward the ground just as ground ball enters
   the glove.
31-When throwing, do net let throwing hand knuckles turn downward
   behind body prior to arm coming forward.
32-When playing defense, watch the barrel of bat hit the ball in
   order to get a quick jump on the ball.
33-Infielders and outfielders should be on balls of feet prior to
34-Bend knees and hips low when fielding ground balls.
35-Knuckles of first two fingers should stay directly behind the ball
   at point of release, and glove should tuck quickly to side of
36-Grip the ball lightly when throwing.
37-Infielders and outfielders should be in a quality ready position
   prior to each pitch during a game.
38-Pitchers should push with back legs and spin the hip fast when
   delivering a pitch. Throwing elbow should always lead toward
   target prior to release.
39-Pitchers' throwing shoulder should be in front of glove knee as
   ball spins off of fingers.
40-Pitchers should throw from the most comfortable arm slot and angle
   based on how he throws long tosses.
41-The pitcher's whole glove side (toe, heel, knee, hip and shoulder)
   should remain closed to the plate while throwing arm drops behind
   the body. Opening early destroys power in the delivery.
42-A pitcher should finish with a "high V" with back leg prior to
   setting it down.
43-Hands, wrist and forearms should be relaxed and loose when
   hitting, fielding, throwing and pitching.
44-40 rollies a day keep the strike outs away.
45-Daily jump rope program adds flexibility, endurance and increased
   skill development.
46-Shoulder should lean forward when fielding ground balls and
47-When executing the stand-up slide, only the hip pockets touch the
   ground first.
48-Run on the "balls" of the feet and lean shoulder forward when
49-Arms should not cross center of body while sprinting.
50-When a player improves his strength and coordination, he will automatically improve his baseball skills.


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"BUILDING TEAM UNITY" - Getting Things Off To A Great Start!
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Team Closeness Creates Team Unity !

We know that the most successful teams and programs seem to have a "closeness" or "oneness" that is evident. There is also a sense of purpose and pride that shows when these teams take the field. How do we as coaches develop this unity, pride and sense of "oneness"? I think that there are many important factors that that help build team unity. Here I would like to discuss what I consider most important.

First, all things start at the "TOP". The head coach must have a "aura" of true dedication to the players, the program and to the game. You must show a genuine interest in the welfare of your players, coaches and parents. You must be always conscious of his roles of a role model, teacher and leader. You must have an innate love for, knowledge of and respect for baseball. Players must sense that you are sincere in what you believe, teach and practice. ABOVE ALL they must "LOVE PLAYING FOR YOU and THE INSTITUTION"! It is true that they must respect you, but they must respect you and want to "WIN FOR YOU". This feeling comes from a sense of true and sincere loyalty from them to you and from you to them. Never mislead or lie to your players. Always tell it to them straight. They will not let you down!

Second, the players must like to spend time with you and their teammates. You, your coaches, all staff members and players must develop a "family feeling". You must care about each other and enjoy being together. It is important to do other things together other than just practicing and playing baseball. Most teams have their "get together" after the season. I think it is very important to have such a gathering before or during the early stages of the season. Schedule some type of "outing" for the team. Go on a camping trip or retreat together, have a cookout at your house for your players, or take them out to eat. Doing a volunteer project together as a team for charity or a needy foundation is a good way to "build a family feeling". The players must consider the time spent together as being "valuable", enjoyable and memorable. They want to be a part of something that is building lifelong memories that they will always cherish.

Players play baseball for many reasons. They enjoy it for many reasons! Winning is an important part of baseball and life! My definition of winning is not like a lot of people. I am truly a winner! I HATE LOSING! However, I have a saying that keeps things in perspective for me. My saying is "God's Greatest Gift To Every Player is The God Given Ability and Potential That Player Has. Our Gift, To God, in RETURN, as Players and Coaches, is the Level of ACHIEVEMENT that we ATTAIN through our HARD WORK and DEDICATION! Winning is simply ACHIEVING UP TO OUR GOD GIVEN ABILITY! Winning the game is important. However, it is just as important to play at our great achievable level. "Wasted Talent" is a player's and coaches greatest sin! Our responsibilities and duties as coaches are enormous. There is no greater or nobler job on this planet than being a coach, or "Teacher of the Sport". Good Luck For A Super Season!

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Practice Tip - Do Practice "WRITE" !
Four of the best coaching tips at any level is to always do the following:


Organize your practice into sessions or time periods. Start on time and finish on time. Stick to these times. Have your times down to exact minutes or half minutes and detailed to utilize ever minute of your practice. Have the attitude that "PRACTICE TIME IS EXTREMELY VALUABLE" ! It is not to wasted! Plan your practices and have your coaching meetings before practice. Never huddle or use practice time to have discussions. Have a meeting after or before practice for that purpose. Pass out practice schedules to your assistant coaches. Post your Practice Schedule on the fence or wall of the dugout. Let players know what is going on and that you have a "Practice Plan". You may want one of your assitance to be the "Timer".


Make sure to document or write down each drill covered each day. Keep these practice schedules in a book as your "practice log". You can go back to see if you have adequately covered all fundamentals or if you need to put more time into a particular aspect of your game or practice. ALSO, keep a log of how many pitches pitchers throw in practice and when they threw. You will also want to make notes on each day's schedule regarding strong points, weak points or any behavior exhibited by a player that you want a record of. You may also want to set "TEAM DAILY PRACTICE GOALS" such as...."Every player will take 300 practice swings today!", "Our middle infielders will turn 50 double plays today!" "Every outfielder will field 50 balls today!". These are just examples.


It is important to keep track of certain results or affects of player and team performance. I recommend keeping a small notepad in your pocket. If you see something that you wish to discuss, praise or correct later, WRITE IT DOWN WHEN IT HAPPENS or AS SOON AS YOU CAN! If you do not take the time to take notes, you may forget and never cover the "event" in your "Post-PRACTICE" or "POST-GAME" conference with the team and your coaches. BE POSITIVE or USE Constructive Verbal Tactics...Don't just "Harp on the Negative"..."Write Down as Much To Praise as You Do to Correct"..TRY TO KEEP A BALANCE between "How Much YOU CORRECT" and "HOW MUCH YOU PRAISE". Remember what you say has "LONGTERM EFFECTS" on the players and the team! Don't say something and later regret it. Writing things down will often give you a chance to consider just how you should approach the situation.


Do not overlook the little things or the basics! Players expect to be disciplined, coached and corrected. If you observe something that is done wrong or incorrectly and do not point it out, players will often develop the attitude of "WELL, COACH DOES NOT CARE, WHY SHOULD I?" ALWAYS EXPECT PERFECTION from yourself, team and every person in your program! You must realize that you will not always get it and that is part of coaching! But always have the attitude that "WE WANT TO DO THINGS CORRECTLY!". WE WANT TO ACT, LOOK, PLAY AND BEHAVE LIKE A TEAM SHOULD! I want to remind you of one important point in closing. 95 PERCENT of the time, "YOU WILL ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU EXPECT TO GET FROM YOUR PLAYERS". Have high expectations! Set your goals high! Expect to work and expect to win! Winning can best be defined as "REACHING YOUR HIGHEST POTENTIAL AS A TEAM!"

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A Pond & Pond Player Hits The Dirt !
"Morris Buttermaker" Shanley Gives The Steal Sign
Coach Pat "Morris Buttermaker" Shanley Gives The Steal Sign And The Runner Takes Off.... Is He Safe Or Out...You Make The Call........ Go To The Concession Stand and Make The Call. If Your Right You Will Win A Treat..................Tell Them Coach "Morris Buttermaker" Shanley Sent You...............

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Friday, October 18
Baseball’s Believe It or Not - The Seventh-Inning Stretch

For those of you who subscribe to Sports Illustrated, you may have noticed in the October 7th issue the brief reference to the advent of the seventh-inning stretch in the rankings of “America’s Best Sports Colleges.” The college receiving credit: Manhattan College in New York City. The reference: “seventh-inning stretch invented by Jaspers baseball coach in 1880’s.”
For a more in-depth review of the stretch’s origins, I turned to the official website of Manhattan College Athletics, and the following tale is told:

The unique nickname of Manhattan College’s athletic teams, the Jaspers, comes from one of the College’s most memorable figures, Brother Jasper of Mary, F.S.C., who served at the College in the late 19th century. One of the greatest achievements of Brother Jasper was that he brought the then little-known sport of baseball to Manhattan College and became the team’s first coach. Since Brother was also the Prefect of Discipline, he supervised the student fans at Manhattan College baseball games while also directing the team itself.

During one particularly warm and humid day when Manhattan College was playing a semi-pro baseball team called the Metropolitans, Brother Jasper noticed the Manhattan students were becoming restless and edgy as Manhattan came to bat in the seventh inning of a close game. To relieve the tension, Brother Jasper called time-out and told the students to stand up and stretch for a few minutes until the game resumed.

When the college team played some exhibition games at the Polo Grounds against the New York Giants, the students did their seventh inning stretch, and thus it started to catch on at the major league level. By The way did you know that RGMVM Umpire Steven Adams plays baseball for Manhattan College.... Steven is the son of Richie Adams the Umpire-N-Chief Of RGMVM LL.

Fact or fiction? The term “seventh-inning stretch” can be traced back no further than 1920, but the earliest reference actually appears in an 1869 letter from Harry Wright of the Cincinnati Red Stockings to a friend: "The spectators all arise between halves of the seventh inning, extend their legs and arms and sometimes walk about. In so doing they enjoy the relief afforded by relaxation from a long posture upon hard benches."

And in some circles the stretch’s beginnings have been credited to President William Howard Taft, who on April 14, 1910 began the tradition of throwing out the presidential first pitch on opening day. While every President except for Jimmy Carter has opened at least one season since, millions of fans have participated in the seventh-inning stretch, although the exact inspiration of that tradition remains as cloudy as the invention of baseball itself.

Tuesday, November 26
Baseball Quotes, Wit & Wisdom

You have read Shanley's Corner. Now read these famous baseball quotes:

Baseball is our national pastime, that is if you discount political campaigning.
Ronald Reagan

Baseball? It's just a game - as simple as a ball and a bat. Yet, as complex as the American spirit it symbolizes. It's a sport, business - and sometimes even religion.
Ernie Harwell in 1955

With those who don't give a damn about baseball, I can only sympathize. I do not resent them. I am even willing to concede that many of them are physically clean, good to their mothers and in favor of world peace. But while the game is on, I can't think of anything to say to them.
Art Hill in I Don't Care If I Never Come Back

Say this much for big league baseball - it is beyond question the greatest conversation piece ever invented in America.
Bruce Catton, Pulitzer Prize-winning author

Baseball is almost the only orderly thing in a very unorderly world. If you get three strikes, even the best lawyer in the world can't get you off.
Bill Veeck

Baseball, it is said, is only a game. True. And the Grand Canyon is only a hole in Arizona.
George F. Will

When he hit it, I knew that it was my ball. But I had to catch it and it seemed like the hardest catch of my life. I said to myself, 'Two hands, just like your dad taught you.'
Darin Erstad on catching the final out in Game 7

Grantland Rice, the great sportswriter once said, 'It's not whether you win or lose, it's how you play the game.' Well Grantland Rice can go to hell as far as I'm concerned.
Gene Autry

What does a mama bear on the pill have in common with the World Series? No cubs.
Harry Caray

People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. I stare out the window and wait for spring.
Rogers Hornsby

You spend a good piece of your life gripping a baseball, and in the end it turns out that it was the other way around all the time.
Jim Bouton in Ball Four

It's designed to break your heart. The game begins in the spring, when everything is new again, and it blossoms in the summer, filling the afternoons and evenings, and then as soon as the chill rains comes, it stops, and leaves you to face the fall alone.
A. Bartlett Giamatti, former Comissioner of Baseball

A hot dog at the ball park is better than steak at the Ritz.
Humphrey Bogart

The other sports are just sports. Baseball is a love.
Bryant Gumbel

Nothing flatters me more than to have it assumed that I could write prose, unless it be to have it assumed that I once pitched a baseball with distinction.
Robert Frost

You teach me baseball and I'll teach you relativity...No we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.
Albert Einstein

It’s still the best game in town because you don’t have to be big to play, and everybody plays. Even your grandmother probably played baseball.
Tommy Lasorda

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Tuesday, November 26
Baseball’s Believe It or Not
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From Wrigley Field to the White House

Ronald Reagan was the 40th President of the United States, but his career path began as a radio announcer for the Chicago Cubs in 1933 with radio station WHO in Des Moines, Iowa. As the station’s chief sports announcer, Reagan broadcast studio recreations of the Cubs’ home games based on telegraph reports from Wrigley Field. Aside from the bare facts, he used his imagination to tell the story of a game taking place 335 miles away.
Reagan was well known for an improvisation he did in 1934 when the wire went dead during the ninth inning of a scoreless Cubs-Cardinals game. Handed a note that simply stated, “The wire has gone dead,” he smoothly provided a fictional play-by-play until the ticker was restored six minutes later.

Did You Know?
Since the White Sox won the 1917 World Series, no Chicago team has won a postseason series in 14 tries.

In the spring of 1937, while attending spring training on Catalina Island with the Cubs, Reagan he made a screen test for the Warner Bros. movie studio, which would soon lead to a career change. “One day at Catalina, Charlie Grimm, the Cubs' manager bawled me out for not even showing up at the practice field. How could I tell him that somewhere within myself was the knowledge I would no longer be a sports announcer,” he said.

By June 7, he reported back to the studio to appear in his first film. In 1940 he played the role of George “The Gipper” Gipp in the film Knute Rockne All American, from which he uttered the famous line: “Some day, when things are tough, maybe you can ask the boys to go in there and win just one for the Gipper.” In 1952, he played Hall of Fame pitching legend Grover Cleveland Alexander in The Winning Team. Reagan's movie career spanned more than 20 years and over 50 movies.

By 1966 Reagan had left Hollywood for the Governor’s mansion in Sacramento, California. The Republican became President in 1981, and served for two terms, during which he kept an active interest in the game. For starters, he signed a proclamation naming May of 1983 National Amateur Baseball Month.

On September 30, 1988 he finally got to announce a game from Wrigley Field. After throwing out the first pitch, Reagan broadcast 1 1/2 innings of the Pirates-Cubs game on the radio, telling legendary broadcast partner Harry Caray, “You know in a few months I'm going to be out of work and I thought I might as well audition.” Six months after he left the office he attended the 1989 All Star game and did some more broadcasting.

From the announcing booth to the big screen and the Presidency, one thing has remained constant: Although Reagan is the longest-lived person to have served as President (age 91 as of 2002), his beloved Cubs have yet to win a World Series in his lifetime.

Tuesday, November 26
Amateur, Youth & High School Coaches

Join a great baseball organization!
The National High School Baseball Coaches Association is a service organization assisting high school coaches and their programs with recognition, an annual convention, and publications, including the popular 10-issue EXTRA INNINGS newspaper.

Check out and join the BCA at www.baseballcoaches.org

Coach JP: The dues aren't much and the benefits are great. Also -- If you are in driving distance of St. Louis, you will even be able to visit the annual convention. The exhibit hall and coaches lectures are truly top flight!

Baseball Coaches Association
Phone: 479/876-2591
Fax: 479/876-2596

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Pitching Burnout in Baseball

Read This Great Artilce On Pitching.. Its Not Only The Innings , But How Many Pitches The Pitcher Throws...

At one time or another, a pitcher can have a tired or stale arm. This can happen on the youth level just as it happens on the professional level.

In youth baseball, pitchers are even more susceptible, especially during All-Star time if pitching rules are relaxed and pitchers are able to pitch more innings. There are a number of things a manager and parents can do during the season so as to not burn out, or even possibly injure, a pitcher’s arm.

Loosening up is very important before a pitcher throws one pitch. The expression "warm up to pitch, don't pitch to warm up" is very relevant. For example, if you have ever noticed the great relief pitcher for the New York Yankees, Mariano Rivera. When he is called on to pitch, he goes through a stretching and loosening up routine for five or ten minutes before he even picks up a ball.

During the regular season, managers, coaches and even parents should pay more attention to a player’s pitch count rather than the number of innings pitched. Every player is different, but the manager should use some sought of guideline to determine how many pitches are enough for a particular player.

A few years ago the American Sports Medicine Institute did a study sending surveys to orthopedic surgeons and coaches around the country. They recommended for 11-12 year-old pitchers a maximum of 68 pitches with two days recovery. This might seem very conservative. The study also stated that conditioning of the arm and entire body can reduce injury.

Another issue facing the youth baseball pitcher is dual leagues, or playing for his school and an outside league. It is always a good idea for the manager to make contact with the school coach. Let him know that you understand that the school team is the priority and that you want to be aware of how much the player is pitching. Responsible school coaches should be able to give you the amount of innings and pitch count for a player throughout the season.

Baseball seasons are increasing in length at the youth league level. All-Star games and the popularity of Fall baseball all add up. There is potential for pitchers to do harm to their arms. Loosening up and stretching are a must. It is up to the manager, coaches and parents to look out for the long-term interest in their player, rather than overpitching him to win one particular game.

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Friday, November 1
Baseball’s Believe It or Not: Champions at Last

After 41 seasons the Angels found themselves 41 games out of first place. Their 42nd season brought them within four games of first place, yet the Angels franchise managed to capture their first World Championship. No expansion team had waited longer to claim their first Series triumph.
The title run was the team's fourth trip to the playoffs, where they were ousted in the ALCS in 1979, 1982, & 1986. After beginning play as the Los Angeles Angels in 1961, the team moved to Anaheim and became known as the California Angels in 1966. The Angels christened Anaheim Stadium on April 9, 1966 with an exhibition game against the San Francisco Giants and Willie Mays hit the ballpark's first home run.

Fast forward to 2002 and the franchise had changed ownership (from Gene Autry to Disney), stadium name and capacity (renamed Edison Field in 1998 with 64,593 seats downsized to 45,050), and came to be known as the Anaheim Angles. After rebounding from a franchise-worst 6-14 start, the Angels became only the fourth team ever, and first since 1912, to win the World Series without any players on their roster with World Series experience.

And just as they had in the past, San Francisco become the footnote to another milestone in Angels franchise history. After all, it was just two years earlier that the "Rally Monkey" had been born during a summer interleague meeting between the two teams.

Now the monkey rests solely on the back of the Texas Rangers, who entered the American League 42 years ago with the Angels and have yet to win a championship. The Rangers franchise actually began as the second incarceration of the Washington Senators (1961-71) before baseball left our nation's capital for good. The home of baseball's longest 0-for-franchise drought now resides exclusively in Arlington, Texas.

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RGMVM Is 65 Years Old - We Are Queens Oldest Little League.....
RGMVM 2003 Board Of Directors
RGMVM 50th Anniversary Board Of Directors

The Ridgewood-Glendale-Middle Village-Maspeth Little League 50th Year

 Anniversary Board Of Directors.

In 2017 We Will Be Celebrating Our 66 Anniversary !

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Monday, September 9
Important Batting Cage Information !

Please read this important message concerning the proper procedure to reserve the batting cage.