Saturday, July 30, 2016
Rockland Pirates Are State Baseball Champs
UTICA – The undefeated Rockland Pirates (Rockland County OTB Post 130 of Stony Point) continued its tournament winning streak to claim the title of New York American Legion Baseball Champions.
Rockland beat McKeever Post 64 of Buffalo, 4-2, in Saturday afternoon’s championship game. Photo Gallery.
Each team scored two runs in the first three innings, and stayed tied for the next three innings, until Rockland scored two more runs in the bottom of the 7th. Rockland maintained the lead despite a last-minute rally by McKeever that put two players on base in the top of the 9th.
McKeever infielder Ken “Bam” Ruggiero received the “Big Stick” award for batting .524.
Rockland infielder Robert Ottaviano was named most valuable player (MVP).
The state tournament took place in Utica at Murnane Field’s Donovan Stadium. Rockland advances to the Mid-Atlantic Regional Tournament in Virginia starting Aug. 3.