This Week in Rocket Varsity Sports:
 



Baseball Takes Third At State
After winning the Regional Tournament, the Rocket baseball team had a busy week of preparation for the State Tournament beginning with attendance at the Rose Hill Cemetery on Monday for the Memorial Day Service before heading back to the baseball field for practice. On Thursday, the team traveled to Salina to take on Andale in the Quarterfinal round of the State Tournament. The team faced a tough task as Andale was sending WSU signee Tyler Jones, owner of a 0.00 ERA for the season, to the mound to face the Rockets. In the 2nd inning, the Rockets became the first and only team to score an earned run off of Jones when Kyle Boal scored on a single by Dylan Sinclair. The Rockets had countered with sophomore Corey Cotten on the mound. However, an allergic reaction forced Cotten to leave the game in the 2nd inning. Freshman Griffin McBride was brought in to try and shut down the Indian attack. In the top of the 5th inning with the Rockets trailing 4-1, Jones left the game due to soreness in his shoulder. The Rockets offense immediately took advantage of the pitching change and plated four runs in the 5th inning to take a 5-4 lead. The Rockets scored an additional run in the 6th inning when McBride and Grant both doubled. McBride held the Indians scoreless the rest of the way and the Rockets advanced to the State Semifinals on Friday with a 6-4 victory over Andale. In the first game on Friday, the Rockets ran into a DeSoto team with a roster full of seniors. DeSoto sent Dylan Holden, an Emporia State signee and owner of a no-hitter in last year’s state tournament, to the mound. The Rockets again countered with Cotten who had only thrown a few pitches the day before due to the allergic reaction. Cotten had the best ERA of the regular season for the Rockets but again had to leave the game after the 1st inning, this time due to arm soreness. Sam Grant and Dylan Faflick would finish out the game for the Rockets on the mound but this game was all DeSoto. The Rockets lost to the eventual State Champion by a score of 9-0. After a short break, the Rockets had to turn right around and play Fort Scott in the 3rd place game. The Rockets again sent freshman Griffin McBride to the mound. After pitching 5 2/3 innings the previous day, McBride was on a limited pitch count and the team knew that he wouldn’t be able to pitch the whole game. The Rockets took a 1-0 lead in the 2nd inning when freshman Cayden Gregory, making his first start of the season, singled to score senior Garrett Forsberg. The Rockets would take a 3-0 lead in the 4th inning when senior Harrison Haydock stroked a single down the left field line to score both Nate Scantlin and Dylan Sinclair. However, the Tigers would rally and score three runs in their half of the 4th and 5th innings to tie the score 3-3. The Rockets retook the lead in the 6th inning when Scantlin reached on an error and then later scored on a double by Gregory. Sam Grant took over the pitching duties in the bottom of the 6th and shut down the Tiger’s offense with a ground ball, a fly ball, and a strike out. The Rockets then added one additional run in the 7th inning when McBride singled and later scored on another Fort Scott error. With a 3rd place finish within their grasp, Grant went back to the mound in the bottom of the 7th and struck out the side for secure the 5-3 victory and a 3rd place state finish for the Rockets.

Weber Takes Fifth At State Meet
Only two of Rose Hill’s track team placed at Regionals to qualify for the State Meet at WSU on Saturday, May 31. Senior Kenton Weber ran in the 1600 Meter Run. His time of 4:31.08 landed him in fifth place. Last year at the State Meet, Weber placed 14th in the 800 Meter Run and fourth in the 1600 Meter Run. The other person competing in the State Meet was sophomore Peyton Brower. She took 12th place in Discus with a distance of 106’00”. Congratulations to Weber and Brower for competing in the State Meet.
Softball Competes At State
The Rose Hill Rocket softball team competed in the State Quarterfinal at Salina against the Louisburg Wildcats on Thursday, May 29. It was an extremely close game for the teams as neither team scored until the fifth inning. The Lady Wildcats scored five runs during the fifth inning to take the lead. The Lady Rockets responded quickly with three runs in the sixth inning, but couldn’t catch up to the Lady Wildcats. This ended the game with a Rocket loss, 3-5. The pitcher for the Lady Rockets was Peyton Wheeler. Congratulations to the softball team for making it to the State Tournament.
 

 

 

Rose Hill Athletics June 2, 2014 | Athletic Director Jim Linot | Ark Valley Chisholm Trail Division III
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