Forest Hills’ run ends, but positives remain

The Forest Hills Major Division travel team saw their bid to become the first Section 3 champions in the Central Queens’ little league’s history come to an end Monday afternoon when RGMVM eliminated them in the semifinals, 9-3, at Fleet Field. But there were many positives that the Bombers took from the setback.
First and foremost, they pushed the Western Queens Little League, which had won their two previous sectional games by an aggregate score of 23-4. When star 12-year-old Greg Boyle blasted a two-run homer to dead center field, a shot RGMVM Coach Steve Adams said has yet to land, they trailed just 4-3. After Boyle won their opener on the mound Saturday, deeming him unavailable Monday as per Little League rules, they didn’t have enough depth to keep the explosive RGMVM lineup down. The absence of second starter Zach Davidson due to appendicitis certainly came back to haunt them.
The loss, however, also served as motivation, for the present and future. Boyle said he would like another shot at RGMVM, maybe next year in the 13- and 14-year-old division. But he was also proud of what his team accomplished this summer, winning their second consecutive District 26 crown - and coming out of the loser’s bracket at that - and winning a sectional game, like they did last year.
“All the coaches are proud of us, I’m proud of us, I’m proud of myself,” Boyle said. “One day we’ll be that good I think. One day we’re going to all wake up and be like that. This group of guys are going to go far one day.”
They certainly left an impression on RGMVM, the two-time Section 3 champs who won the state title last year. “They were better than I expected,” Adams said. “They were a pretty solid team. They have a couple of guys who swing the bat real well.”
Afterwards, Boyle spoke of how far RGMVM may go, to the state tournament and possibly beyond. That is his goal for next summer, to advance through the sectionals.
“It’s going to be hard,” he said, “but I know we can do it.”

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