MCGREGOR - Over the weekend, the Texas Rockies 14U baseball team capped off its third event of the spring with a runner-up finish in the MS Fight For A Cure tournament at McGregor High School.
The tournament attracted over one hundred teams across seven total age divisions and classifications, making it one of the largest youth baseball tournaments held in the state of Texas, and 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. The Rockies began the two-day event on Saturday evening with a 7-1 victory over Rawlings Velocity Baseball - Blue in a game that featured the tandem of right-handed pitchers Matthew Horner and Wells Milton combining to toss the twenty fifth no-hitter in the history of the Texas Rockies Baseball Organization. Following the team's game one win to open the tournament, the Rockies couldn't were unsuccessful in completing the pool play sweep as they fell in the nightcap to Rawlings Velocity Baseball - Peoples, 6-3. At the conclusion of Saturday's games, the Rockies' 1-1 record slotted the ball club as the third seed heading into Sunday's single elimination bracket.
The Rockies began bracket play on Sunday morning by prevailing 12-6 versus Rawlings Velocity Baseball - Blue (12-6) to seize into the tournament's semifinal game. Following their impressive victory in the bracket opener, the Rockies continued to flex its dominance with a 9-2 thrashing of Hooks Baseball that provided the ball club with an opportunity to capture its first championship title of the spring. In the title game, the Rockies had yet another fast start and jumped out to a 4-1 lead against Be Elite after four innings of play. However, Be Elite would score the game's final four runs and win on a walk-off three run single to come-from-behind and defeat the Rockies, 5-4.
Despite falling short of capturing their first championship title of the season, the Rockies continued to display their progression this spring. In the team's five games played over the weekend, the offense posted a .347 batting average and had eleven of the club's twenty-five base hits go for extra bases. Ben Woodward claimed his first Offensive Player of the Week selection following his 5-for-9 performance at the plate that included three doubles, two triples, five RBI, and three runs scored. Jack True took home honor mention for the same category by going 4-for-7 with one double, one home run, five RBI, and eight runs plated. Other notable efforts at the plate came from Adam Rourke and Sam Webster who teamed up for nine hits on the weekend. On the mound, the Rockies were led by Matthew Horner and Wells Milton who combined to toss the twenty-fifth no-hitter in the program's history. Judge Ellis, Adam Rourke, and Sam Webster too provided the Rockies with stellar outings of their own in the tournament. The defense behind the Rockies' hurlers remained stout throughout the team's five games, most notably displayed by Jack True who was awarded as the Defensive Player of the Week. The Rockies' second baseman remained errorless in eight total chances and racked up three assists, five putouts, and two double plays.
The ball club will use the next two weeks to prepare for their fourth event of the season where they will contend in the Reach The Trees tournament that is scheduled to begin on April 6 in McKinney.