MCGREGOR - The Texas Rockies 13U baseball team ventured down south on I-35 over the weekend where they concluded its second event of the spring with a 3-1 record and a third place finish in the MS Fight For A Cure tournament at Launch Pad Park.
The two-day event followed a typical USSSA format: two game pool play schedule on Saturday then seeded based on record and average runs allowed serving as a tiebreaker metric into a single elimination bracket that would be played on Sunday in order to crown a champion and featured over one hundred teams across seven total age divisions and classifications from all throughout the state of Texas. On Saturday evening, the Rockies began the MS Fight For A Cure tournament with a come-from-behind win against the Midlothian Storm (9-2) that was soon followed by a dominating victory over Rawlings Velocity Baseball (16-0), in a contest highlighted by a combined no-hitter thrown by right handed pitchers Aaron Reeves and Tyler Sessions. The two game sweep in pool play merited the ball club with the top overall seed and a first-round bye where they had to await the winner of the "8 vs. 9" matchup slated for Sunday morning.
The Rockies came into the tournament's final day of action with aspirations of capturing their second consecutive championship title of the 2019 spring baseball season. In the quarterfinal round of bracket play, the Rockies were battle tested from the get go and found themselves trailing the Midlothian Storm, however, six runs plated by the Rockies' offense over the final two innings of play that was capped off by Acie Hickman's walk-off single to centerfield in the bottom of the fifth allowed the Rockies to prevail 6-5 against the Storm and avoid an early exit from the tournament. The come-from-behind win provided the Rockies with a birth into the tournament's semifinal game where the ball club would later fall victim to BLBA and put an end to their title hopes.
In their second tournament of the season, the Rockies' offense was led by right-handed slugger Collin Nicholson who was tabbed as honorable mention for the program's Offensive Player of the Week. Nicholson went 5-for-8 with one double, one triple, four RBI, and four runs scored. Also receiving the same honor as his teammate was Carter Cole, who went 4-8 with one double, one triple, one RBI, and four runs scored. Other notable performances at the plate came from Luke Jordan, Aaron Reeves, and Lee Schlehuber who combined for ten of the Rockies' twenty-five hits on the weekend. On the mound, the Rockies were led by right-handed pitcher Harry Sochia who claimed the program's Pitcher of the Week award following his outing on Saturday evening. Sochia was dominant in his first outing of the season by allowing no earned runs and surrendered just two base hits, walked one, and struck out five over three innings pitched to pick up his first win of the spring. Aaron Reeves and Tyler Sessions were also sharp on the bump for the Rockies as the duo teamed up to record the club's second no-hitter of the year, while Will Maya also provided the team with a strong two inning start on Saturday.
The Texas Rockies 13U baseball team will look to continue their torrid hot start to the spring and improve on their 7-2 record on April 6-7 where they compete in the Texas Lone Star Classic in Dallas.