MCKINNEY --- The Texas Rockies 13U baseball team put a lid on the 2018 fall baseball season late Sunday evening with a runner-up finish in last weekend's USSSA Fall State Championship tournament hosted at Zinger Bat Ballpark.
The USSSA Fall State Championship tournament featured a format where each team competing in the 13U division received a two-game pool play schedule on Saturday, then seeded based on overall record and 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, slated with the first two pool play contests of the day, opened the two-day event early Saturday morning registering back-to-back victories versus the Originals (8-3) and Torque Baseball (11-1) to sweep the ball club's pool play schedule. Succeeding the outcomes of the remaining games lined up for Saturday, the Rockies were later notified that evening that the team would enter Sunday's single elimination bracket representing the tournament's top overall seed. Primed and ready to make a surge in capturing the team's second championship title of the 2018 fall baseball season, the Rockies infiltrated Sunday's single elimination bracket with consecutive wins over Torque Baseball (9-4) and the Texas Stix (10-9) to extend the team's winning streak to four-straight that also clinched a spot into the USSSA Fall State Championship's title game. The Rockies, however, would endure their first loss of the weekend at the most crucial time by falling at the hands of the Fort Worth Cats late Sunday evening to wrap up the tournament with a runner-up finish.
Following the conclusion of the championship game, the players of the Texas Rockies 13U baseball team were presented with silver rings for their second-place finish. The Rockies offense generated thirty-eight runs in the team's five combined games in the tournament, accumulating a .303 batting average and a .500 on base percentage. Left-handed slugger led all hitters by going 6-for-11 (.545) with one double, one triple, two walks, five runs scored and six batted in. Tyler Sessions also provided a spark by tallying four hits in the tournament, while Acie Hickman and Harry Sochia each collected three of their own. The Rockies also displayed their depth on the pitcher's mound by sending eight different hurlers to toe the rubber. Andrew Zuch, Caden Robert, Davis Hardenburg, and Will Maya provided the team with strong starts on the hill where they each earned a victory in the tournament. The pitching staff's success was derived from the strong supporting cast displayed behind them despite contending with a tough playing surface throughout the weekend. In the team's five combined contests, the Rockies' defense totaled twenty-nine assists, sixty-six putouts, and three double plays in one hundred eight total chances.
The Rockies closed out what turned out to be a sensational short season for the ball club posting an overall record of 14-3 that entailed three top-three finishes in just as many events, a TSB Oktoberfest championship title, and will head into the spring as the 21st ranked triple-a team in the nation. With the 2018 fall baseball season now in the books, the Texas Rockies Baseball Organization will now transition into the offseason and begin preparing for their 2019 spring campaign that is scheduled to break ground in just under two months.