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first_imgAt the Lincroft Little League Pioneer League championship game on June 19, the Rockies knocked off the Phillies, 5-4, to win the title. The Rockies, who are coached by Cliff Grossi and Mark Gaeta, are: Matt Gaeta, Mike Diorio, Nick McGann, Mike Grossi, Josh Liberatore, Nick Daneile, Mike Frietsch, Sean Pirro, Sean McCall, Derek Noah, William Mavrode, Brian McCall and Sean Marino. One of the championship game balls went to Matt Gaeta for driving in two runs and scoring one. The other Rockies game ball went to Josh Liberatore for his outstanding play at first base. Outstanding pitching from Grossi and Mike Diorio propelled the Rockies to victory. The game-winning hit came from Daneile who drove in McCall. The Phillies put up a great fight all the way to the last inning. The Hazlet Bombers U13 boys travel soccer team is looking for two players for the upcoming season. The Bombers play in the Monmouth-Ocean Soccer Association and will be in National 2 in the fall. Tryouts will be within the next two weeks and are open to everyone. Hazlet residency is not required. The time and place is yet to be determined Anyone interested and born between Aug. 1, 1992, and July 31, 1993, contact Ed Young at (732) 739-0429. Marlboro’s Tony Giarratano made his Major League debut with the Detroit Tigers on June 1. Giarratano, who plays shortstop, has appeared in 14 games for the Tigers and is batting .143 with a home run and four RBIs. He was playing for the Tigers’ Double-A affiliate, Erie, when the team brought him up to the Major League to fill in for injured shortstop Carlos Guillen. Tiger manager Alan Trammel said the team liked what it saw from Giarratano during spring training. “He’s a baseball player,” Trammel said. “He’s very attentive. He’s a sponge. He just enjoys watching, picking things up. “He can play,” he added. “I think, looking back at spring training, that he thought he could play up here. We thought he needed a little seasoning. Hey, this might be taking a chance, but we think it’s worth it.” At Erie, Giarratano was batting .253 with two home runs and 22 RBIs. He was on a 16-game hitting streak when the Tigers brought him up.” Giarratano, a graduate of Christian Brothers Academy, played his college ball at Tulane University before signing with the Tigers. Manalapan’s Chris Ranieri will be spending his summer playing baseball in South Carolina for the Carolina Chaos in the Southern Collegiate League, the southern equivalent of the Cape Cod League. Ranieri, a St. John Vianney graduate, has played collegiately for Eastern University in Pennsylvania where he set several school records for batting and stolen bases. In the fall, he will begin play for St. Francis (N.Y.) College, a Division I school in the Northeast Conference. The second annual Garden State Law Enforcement Officers Association Golf Tournament will be held on July 25 at Pebble Creak Golf Club, Colts Neck, starting at 8 a.m. Cost is $125 per golfer. Included in the fee is green fees, breakfast, award barbecue, golf shirt, golfer goody bag and lot of giveaways. For details, call Bob Griesd at (609) 259-1948 or (908) 415-4657. A competitive travel 10-year-old boys fall baseball team in the Lincroft/Middletown area is looking for competitive players this coming fall season. Tryouts are in July — boys must be born after July 31, 1994. The following are the current standings for the Monmouth Women’s Softball League: Chubby’s Bar 4-0 Huddy’s Inn/White Rose 3-1 TOL Fragrances 2-1 Grist Mill/ Conrad Smith Nursery 2-1 Dublin House/ Little Silver Pharmacy 2-2 Walt St. Pub 2-2 Arena Builders/Holmdel 2-2 Brannigan’s 2-2 Charlie Brown’s/Lincroft 2-2 The Globe Sports Bar 1-3 Murphy’s Bar/Rumson 1-3 MPPI Ins./VEI Limo 0-4 The Aberdeen/Matawan girls fall softball league will be holding registration for it 2005 season. The league is open to residents and non residents grades 4-12 as of September. For more information, go to, call Jim at (732) 290-9576 or e-mail

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