COLLEYVILLE - The Texas Rockies 13U baseball team continued its torrid start to the 2018 fall baseball season this past weekend by winning the TSB Oktoberfest tournament at Colleyville City Park. The Rockies went 5-0 in the ball club's second event of the fall and outscored opponents by a combined total of 39-11 to seize their first championship title of the season.
The TSB Oktoberfest tournament featured fourteen teams competing in the 13U division who would each be slated with a two-game pool play schedule on Saturday, then seeded based on overall record and average runs allowed serving as a tiebreaker metric prior to the participants being slotted into a single elimination bracket on Sunday to crown a champion. The Rockies began the two-day event on Saturday afternoon by earning consecutive victories over the Texas Cannons (8-0) and the Texas Edge (9-6) to sweep the team's pool play schedule. The results from the ball club's two-game series merited the Rockies with the top overall seed and a first-round bye heading into bracket play on Sunday. After patiently awaiting the outcome from the "8 vs. 9" matchup to begin the new day, the Rockies opened bracket play on Sunday afternoon with a hard fought 6-3 victory versus Fit N Wise Muscle in a five-inning battle that featured both teams contending with a forty-five minute rain delay. The Rockies' win in the bracket opener catapulted the ball club into the tournament's semifinal game against where they would later edge the Fort Worth Renegades 4-2 to receive a shot at the TSB Oktoberfest title. Following the two tightly contested victories, the Rockies continued to flex its dominance by run-ruling the Dallas Nationals (12-0) to conclude the weekend with a record of 5-0 and obtain the team's first championship title of the season.
Timely hitting, dominant pitching performances, and a superb effort on defense highlighted a weekend in which the Rockies remained clicking on all cylinders while witnessing each of the twelve-members aiding in the ball club's first championship title of the season. The Rockies' offense accumulated thirty-nine runs, thirty-five hits, and posted a .357 batting average across the team's five games played in the tournament. No one swung a hotter bat in the Rockies' lineup than right-handed slugger Carter Cole, who was tabbed as the program's Offensive Player of the Week following his breaking performance in the tournament. Cole went 7-for-10 (.700) in twelve plate appearances out of the cleanup spot with three doubles, one home run, eight RBIs, two walks, four stolen bases, and seven runs scored. Davis Hardenburg also provided the Rockies with a spark by contributing with five hits in the tournament, while Aaron Reeves, Andrew Zuch, Collin Nicholson, and Will Maya each tallied four knocks of their own.
While the Rockies' prolific lineup continued to put runs on the scoreboard, their pitching staff continuously flexed its dominance and posted an astounding 2.33 ERA in the tournament by allowing just eight earned runs and twenty hits, while striking out sixteen in twenty-four innings of work. The Rockies were led on the mound by Will Maya who was recently named as the Texas Rockies Baseball Organization's Pitcher of the Week following his five-inning complete game shutout performance in the Rockies' tournament opening victory against the Texas Cannons. Also providing the Rockies with strong outings on the hill were the quartet of right-handed pitchers Davis Hardenburg, Caden Robert, Andrew Zuch, and Tyler Sessions, who each collected a win in their starts and assisted in the .222 clip the Rockies' hurlers held its opposition to in the tournament.
The success attained by the Rockies' pitching staff was accrued by the valiant efforts displayed by the team's stout defense that was led by the organization's Defensive Player of the Week, Davis Hardenburg. The newly acquired member of the Rockies provided his team with strong defensive performances on the mound and third base, while also mixing in time in right field as he recorded three assists, four putouts, and wrapped up his second tournament with his new ball club without committing a single error in the field. A few other players to note for their stellar glove work in the tournament are Acie Hickman, Harry Sochia, and Will Maya, who each helped fortify a Texas Rockies 13U defense that concluded with a .964 fielding percentage in the TSB Oktoberfest tournament.
The Rockies will look to build off its early season momentum on October 20-21 where they will contend in the USSSA Fall State Championship tournament in McKinney. Game times and locations for the event are scheduled to be released on Wednesday, September 17.