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April 27, 2010 > NNLL Rockies keep on winning

NNLL Rockies keep on winning

Submitted By Mark Alexander
Photos By courtesy of NNLL Rockies

Newark National Little League's Senior Rockies improved to 9-1 with wins over Niles-Centerville and Fremont American little leagues earlier this month.

The Rockies showed Niles Centerville/Niles American why they are on top of the Disctrict 14 Senior Division on Thursday, April 22, in Niles, rocking Niles-Centerville all night long with consistent hitting, great base running and excellent pitching.

Starting Pitcher Brady Moore kept Niles-Centerville off balance all night by allowing only one run on three hits and 11 strike outs in five strong innings. Closer Frankie Maldonado pitched the final two innings of scoreless relief.

Maldonado also lead the Rockies scoring attack with a single, double, solo homerun blast over the left-centerfield fence and three RBIs; Francisco Martinez had a single, double, two walks and a stolen base to help the Rockies cause in the win; and TJ Lopez continued his hot bat by driving in two more runs on two hits.

In the end, the Rockies blasted Niles-Centerville by a 9-1 clip. Maldonado got the game ball for his tremendous outing at the plate and on the mound. But Moore also got a piece of that game ball for his all-star caliber pitching, shutting down a tough Niles-Centerville team in its own park.

On Saturday, April 24, the Rockies returned home to Newark Memorial High School's baseball diamond after five games in a row on the road, facing Fremont American.

It was a game that made history, as the Rockies swiped a D14 Little League record 20 bases en route to its ninth win in 10 outings. While the Rockies base runners were stealing bases, they also stole the headlines away from the bats, which knocked FALL for 17 runs on 11 hits, winning 17-0.

Maldonado was back at it on the mound, spinning a gem, throwing four no-hit innings, capturing the team's first no hitter. Maldonado's pitching line: no runs, no hits, five strikeouts. And the defense behind him committed no errors.

Second Baseman Nick Estall led the Rockies 17-run attack with a perfect day at the plate, going 3-3 with two RBIs and two stolen bases; Martinez was his usual self, going 2-4 with a double, single and two RBIs; Lopez had a solid double with two RBIs; and Danny Rodriguez, for the second game in a row, had another hit and RBI of his own.

Maldonado and Estall received the game ball for perfect performances on the mound and at the plate, respectively.

Perfect keeps coming up for this edition of the Senior NNLL Rockies, who came back with a perfect 5-0 record on its five-game road trip and, of course, Maldonado's perfect performance on the mound in the team's return to Newark.

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