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Little League District 24 All-Star 11s softball: Last-inning run propels Great Kills to 3-2 title-game victory



Great Kills' 11s softball team proudly displays its Little League District 24 championship banner on Tuesday night. (Staten Island Advance/Charlie De Biase Jr.)

There's a reason why Great Kills coach Jim Durkin calls on Elizabeth Caufield as a special pinch runner time and again. And in the sixth inning of Tuesday night's Little League District 24 All-Star Tournament 11s championship game, she displayed exactly why. The fleet-footed Caufield raced home with the go-ahead run via a wild pitch with two outs in the top of the sixth to lead Great Kills to a 3-2 title-game victory over host South Shore in Tottenville. The victory propels GKLL into the Sectional round, which begins on Monday. "This is the second year this group is together and they like each other and get along well and I think that's a big reason why (we won the district),'' said Durkin. "They work well with each other. ''Bella Asmat, meanwhile, turned in a solid, all-around effort for GKLL, not only stroking a pair of doubles, but allowing two runs on six hits and no walks to notch the complete-game victory. Asmat, who also had a strong game in the field (one putout, five assists, no errors), struck out nine and was resilient when she did encounter trouble. "That's just Bella being Bella,'' praised Durkin. "She has great, pin-point control and most importantly, she never gets rattled.''Asmat's opposite number, Lauren Ready, also pitched well, allowing two earned runs on four hits with 14 strikeouts.Ready did allow six walks, including a leadoff base on balls to Sammy Amico in the top of the sixth with the scored tied 2-2. Durkin immediately called on speedster Caufield (three stolen bases) for the third time as a special pinch runner and she raced all the way to third on Giselle Rau's single to right. Ready actually recorded three consecutive strikeouts, but the last one came on a wild pitch to Julia Durkin, who immediately raced to first base. Caufield, meanwhile, broke home and was able to touch the plate before catcher Jaclyn Aymil could tag her out. GKLL led 3-2. "She is just excellent at running the bases,'' said Jim Durkin. "She knows how to slide and is very good at getting a good jump. "I'm not surprised she was the one who scored the game-winning run.''Asmat tossed her second 1-2-3 inning in the home sixth to solidify the victory. GKLL took a 1-0 lead via am error in the third, but South Shore tied the score on Victoria DiMarco's run-scoring single in the bottom of the inning. The visitors grabbed a 2-1 lead in the fifth on Alyssa Marchica's RBI single to left, but the Tottenville loop once again knotted the game in the bottom of the frame thanks to Jenna Martin's RBI single. Aymil, South Shore's No. 9 hitter, finished 2 for 2 with two runs scored and two stolen bases.









GKLL - Eligibility to play in 2015 Little League (All Star) Tournament


We would like to take this opportunity to reiterate to the GKLL League Membership that in order for any 9,10,11,or 12 Year old to be eligible to play on any GKLL Tournament Team, you must not have missed more than 20% of your Little League Games (including Pre-season, regular season, post season) due to an "unexcused absence". For the purposes of this post an "unexcused absence" is defined as missing a game (as defined above) due to participating in an outside sports team activity i.e. Another Baseball, Basketball, Soccer, Hockey, Football, swimming etc team. I do understand that school commitments will occasionally interfere with Little League Games and we at GKLL always put School and educational commitments FIRST. School related absences will not be considered an "unexcused absence" BUT missing a GKLL game for a CYO Baseball function is absolutely an "unexcused absence". Lastly, for those of you who know me I take the GKLL Opening Day Parade very seriously and expect full participation in same by all of our teams; especially the older teams who tend to have kids that blow it off. GKLL will be considering this weekends parade as a "game" so missing same due to an "unexcused absence" will count. CCD / Religious Instruction is a very valid reason to miss the parade and we at GKLL have no issue with same. I trust this memo clearly outlines the commitment we at GKLL expect of our players (especially the 9, 10, 11 and 12 year old's) in order to be considered eligible to play for one of our tournament (a/k/a all star) teams. If anyone has any issues with the above, you are welcome to contact me directly. My number is available via the GKLL website. I look forward to seeing everyone and getting the 2014 season underway. Best regards, Frank and CRO




As per rule 9.01(f) of the Official Little League Rules for 2003: Umpires may order both teams into their dugouts and suspend play until such time as League Officials deal with unruly spectators. Failure of League Officials to adequately handle an unruly spectator can result in the game remaining suspended until a later date.

PLease remember that Great Kills Little League, Inc. has a Zero Tolerance policy for unruly spectators and will be handled in the proper manner as to not disrupt the enjoyment of the children playing Little League Baseball/Softball.

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