- Champions - USSSA Baseball Bash - Greensboro 14U Open Silver - 9/28/14
- Champions - AAU Granville County Classic - Oxford 14U Open 9-14-2014
- Runners Up - AAU Game on Sports Summer World Series - Oxford- 13U Open - 7/20/14
- Champions - USSSA Mountain State Championship - Morganton 13U Open - 6/15/14
- Champions - Nations Battle of the Bats - Rocky Mount 13U - 6/8/14
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Rawlings Prospects NC/NR Rockets14U
Thursday Practice at Heritage HS Park - 6pm
October 22, 2014
We will have practice Thursday at Heritage HS Park at 6pm and then Friday will be an optional hitting Practice which currently is scheduled for Rawlings field.
We have also registered for the AAU Tournament in Oxford. A few good teams and not far away. We were hoping for USSSA or Top Gun but they closed registration early for our age group and were wait listing teams. We have just as good competition in Oxford so that is where we should be this weekend. Hoping for the schedule to be posted Wednesday sometime.
USSSA Carolina Challenge - Prospects go 1-2-1. Tough weekend but time to work harder!!
October 19, 2014
The Rawlings Prospects started Saturday off strong against the Sandhills Patriots. Great pitching, great hitting and strong defense led to a 10-1 win. In the second game, the boys were still working hard on offense but couldn't keep the pitching and defense going in the same direction. Unfortunately, as they would battle back, the Copperheads would jump out further. At the end of the time limit, the Copperheads would hand the Prospects a disappointing loss, 13-7.
Sunday, the Rawlings Prospects would begin the day facing the Iron Pigs. In a low scoring battle the Prospects couldn't score more than 3 and would end up tying the Iron Pigs 3-3. With that tie the boys fell to the consolation game against the Orange County Copperheads.
Against the Copperheads, the boys would start off giving a 6 run lead. After giving up the 6 runs, the boys could never get a good run going and ended up losing 10 -3. Tough weekend and played some different teams. Next weekend we are looking at USSSA Knightdale - Top Gun Middle Creek is already showing full and wait listing teams. Top Gun Rocky Mount this weekend also showed full early so we are going with the tournaments that appear to have the capability to have additional teams. Below is a link to the schedule. As Always ------ GO PROSPECTS!!!!!
USSSA Carolina Challenge Schedule
Optional Hitting Practice Friday at Grand Slam. 6:30pm
October 17, 2014
Hitting Practice at Grand Slam Friday. Don't forget fair will cause traffic issues in area.
Top Gun NIT - Rocky Mount - Rawlings Prospects finish 4th in competitive Tourney!!!
October 5, 2014
In a very competitive tournament, the Rawlings Prospects NC/NR team placed 4th in Division 1 and once again played great on a Sunday. The weekend would see the boys play 3 great games and one that, well was not so good. The guys are really coming together and becoming a strong Division 1 or Major team. We still have some thing s to work on but it is nice seeing the development coming in the whole group.
The Prospects team started Sunday off facing the USA Diamondhawks the 4 seed. THe Diamondhawks would start by taking the lead in the bottom of the first but the boys would score 3 in the 2nd and 3rd and never look back. The Diamondhawks would battle back and score 2 in the 3rd but the at the end of the game a solid effort by the Prospects would have the Rawlings Prospects win by a score of 8-3.
In the second game the boys would face the Evoshield Canes South. In a pitching battle and defensive game the Rawlings Prospects would take the lead 1 -0 in the top of the 4th. Then in the bottom of the 4th the Canes South would score 2 to take the lead. The game would go a full 7 innings with each team threatening to score but each teams defense would hold and the pitching would be outstanding. In the end the Canes South team won but it was a great game by both teams.
The stats should be in Sunday evening so enjoy.
The boys started Saturday off facing FBI Fungo 14U. With a lot of friends on the opposing team, the Prospects would take the lead with 5 runs scored in one inning. FBI tried to battle back but only plated 2 runs and Rawlings Prospects NC/NR would win the game 5-2.
In the second game, the Prospects just couldn't get anything going. Evoshield Canes South would initially struggle to score but in the 3rd they scored 1 and then took a good lead. We struggled at the plate and never really threatened to come back. By the end of the game, it was 6-0 with an additional 20 minutes added for conference time at the mound - just kidding. The Evoshield Canes South won 6-0 and our thoughts and prayers go out to Coach Stokely and family for the loss of his father recently. Below is the link to the schedule. As Always ---- GO PROSPECTS!!!!!
Top Gun NIT - Rocky Mount Schedule.
USSSA Baseball Bash - Greensboro - Rawlings Prospects win 3 on Sunday to win Championship !!!
September 29, 2014
Boy, what a weekend - The guys played great on Sunday winning 3 games and the Silver Bracket Championship. The weekend saw the Prospects play with only 9 players with 2 injured and 1 sick. Then on Sunday, 2 coaches weren't there but even playing short players the guys would play as a team and took down every team they faced.
The first game Sunday was a rematch against the Kernersville Bulldogs. It was a close game and the Bulldogs would lead most of the game by 2 runs. Jake pitched an awesome game for 6 innings and then in the 5th the boys would score 2 to tie it, take the lead in the 6th and add 2 more runs in the 7th to win 5-2. Jack came in and closed the game out and the Prospects would now face the Virginia Reds American team.
In the game against the Reds, Jack would pitch 6 awesome innings. The Reds would lead briefly but by the 3rd it was tied at 3. In the 7th, both teams would score to send it to extra innings. Liam came in to pitch in the 7th and part of the 8th. In the 8th, the Prospects scored 2 runs and needed to hold on to win. With the bases loaded, Zach would come in to close. With Jacob and Kyle completing an awesome double play for 2 outs, Zach would strike out the last batter and after 8 innings the Prospects would win 5-4. This win put them into the championship game to face the NC Baseball Academy again.
In the championship game, The Rawlings Prospects would take control in the first inning and never look back.They jumped out to a 2 run lead and then extended it to 4 runs in the 6th. Zach pitched a 1 hitter through 4 innings, with Campbell closing the last 3 innings out with no hits. The Prospects won 4-0.
Stats will be in Monday night and next weekend, we have another competitive tourney with Top Gun in Rocky Mount.
The boys started the day a little rough and ended up 0-1-1 and in the 11 seed for tomorrow. The first game Saturday was against the NC Baseball Academy. The boys definitely were missing having Trev, Greg and Seth on the field with them. The game would end with the Prospects losing 6-1.
In the second game, the Prospects would give the Kernersville Bulldogs a 4-1 lead for most of the game but would battle back to tie it 4-4. The game would end in a tie.
As Always --- GO PROSPECTS!!!!!!
USSSA Baseball Bash - Greensboro
AAU Granville County Classic - Oxford - Rawlings Prospects win Championship!!!
September 14, 2014
The Rawlings Prospects NC/NR went 4-0 this weekend in Oxford to win the AAU Granville County Classic. After going 2-0 Saturday, the Prospects would face the other undefeated team first game Sunday. In a close game, the Virginia Reds would jump out to a 2-0 lead. The Prospects would battle and tie it up at 2. Then the boys in the next inning would take the lead 3-2. The pitching would continue to be awesome and keep the Reds from scoring. The Prospects would win 3-2 and face the Redhawks next.
In the Redhawks vs Prospects game, the Prospects would once again give up 2 runs early. Then just like the first game, the Prospects would battle and take the lead. This time the boys really took charge and scored a few more runs to win the game 9-2.
The Rawlings Prospects started Saturday off facing the Halifax County Rattlers. After giving them a 2 run lead, the boys settled in and took the lead. Behind great pitching, solid defense and solid hits, the boys would win the first game 10-2. In the second game the boys faced the Royals Prospects. Once again the pitching was awesome and the defense played great behind it. The boys would take a 3-0 and never look back. The Royals tried to score but the Rawlings Prospects would shut it down. In the end it was Rawlings Prospects with the win 4-0.
As Always ------ GO PROSPECTS!!!!!
AAU Granville County Classic - Oxford schedule
Top Gun Super NIT Rocky Mount - Prospects finish Runners Up Silver Bracket in Division 1!!!
September 7, 2014
Rawlings Prospects NC/NR finished as Runners Up in the silver bracket in Division 1. Sunday was entirely different than Saturday. The guys played great. There are still some communication and teamwork items to work out but the boys really played well and it showed. The hitting was great and the pitching also was awesome. Even though we finished Runners Up, we definitely saw a major level team start to come together.
In the first game we would face United 19. United 19 would jump out to a lead that wouldn't last long. By the bottom of the first the Prospects took over the lead and never looked back. United 19 would battle but the Prospects would shut it down and ended up beating United 19 by a score of 9-7.
In the Silver Bracket Championship game, the Rawlings Prospects would face the Coastal Carolina Razorbacks. The Razorbacks jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first but the Prospects would work hard and tie the game. In the bottom of the 7th, the Razorbacks would score the winning run to win the Championship.
The boys started Saturday off facing the Evoshield Canes South. After giving the Canes a 2 run lead the boys kept the score down but couldn't manage to plate any runs. The Prospects lost the game 5-0.
For the second game the boys faced the Dirtbags. The Prospects once again would be kept from scoring runs and the Dirtbags took advantage of some walks and errors. The Prospects would lose the game 10-0.
Below is the schedule link and As Always ---- GO RAWLINGS!!!!!!
Top Gun Super NIT Schedule
Roster for Rawlings Prospects - NR Rockets 14U posted!!!
August 15, 2014
The roster for the Rawlings Prospects - NR Rockets 14U team is posted. After a few tryouts and a lot of discussion, we would like to welcome - Jacob Budzinski, Campbell Nixon, Liam McHale and Jake Wilder to the team with the returning Rockets of - Brady Quakenbush, Hayden Myrick, Jack Olcott, Seth Werner, Trevor Kirk, Greg Strickland, Kyle Wilson and Zach Zoltoski. The tryouts had a good group of talented players and every one of them should be proud of the effort they put forth. Shortly we will be sending out emails to begin practices and get everything squared away for the Fall season. Congrats guys and welcome to the Rawlings Prospects - NR Rockets 14U team.
Rockets join Rawlings Prospects NC!!!!!!!!!!!
August 12, 2014
The North Raleigh Rockets have joined the Rawlings Prospects NC this fall as the 2019 or 14U team. Rawlings Prospects NC is a North Carolina based showcase organization affiliated with Rawlings National Baseball Club. Rawlings has teams in at least 12 states and is the largest club in the country. Rawlings Prospects NC emphasizes the highest standard of work both on the field and in the classroom to develop young athletes that desire to have their baseball careers extend beyond High School. Rawlings works on character building and prioritizes TEAM environments. The Rockets are proud to represent Rawlings at tournaments in the future. Please visit their web sites to gain additional information on what a great organization this is. If you are interested in trying out please contact us. We will be practicing on Rawlings Prospects field in northern Wake County and will begin indoor winter workouts this January to prepare our players for future school tryouts.
Rawlings Prospects NC website
Rawlings Prospects National Web site
Crystal Coast Wood Bat World Series - Rockets lose final game against Western Branch Lightning.
July 28, 2014
On Sunday, the Rockets hoped to make a good showing and win a couple games but it just didn't work out that way and the boys lost the first game to the Western Branch Lightning 9-3. Western Branch then went on to beat Purpose Driven 9-1 in the silver championship. The boys played well and battled through some difficulties. This one is definitely a learning experience. Now time to move on to the Fall season and 14U.
The Rockets on Saturday would face the South Wake Warriors in a close game that would see who would keep playing Saturday and who would fall and have to play in the Silver Bracket on Sunday. The Warriors started off with a 2 run Homerun to take the lead but the Rockets would battle battle and go up 3-2. The Warriors weren't done and retook the lead 5-3 and held on to win 5-4.
After a few delays, the first game for the Rockets would be against the Ohio Prospects in the Crystal Coast Wood Bat World Series. Even though the game was scheduled to start at 5:30pm, we wouldn't throw the first pitch until after 7:00pm. Even with the delay, the Rockets started Friday strong with a win over the Ohio Prospects 6-2.
In the second game the boys wouldn't start until almost 11:00pm against the Western Branch Lightning. The boys would start with a lead, only to see it tied in the bottom of the inning. Then in the top of the last inning the Rockets would take a 3-1 lead. The Lightning battled back in the bottom of the inning and would win the game 4-3.
As Always ---- GO ROCKETS!!!!!
Crystal Coast Wood Bat World Series Schedule
AAU Summer World Series - Rockets go 5-2 End up as Runner's up!!
July 21, 2014
The first game Sunday would have the remaining unbeaten teams face off which was the 2 seeded Virginia Reds vs the 1 seeded Rockets. The boys definitely came out to play and jumped on the Reds. The pitching was great and Jack pitched a complete game. The Rockets offensive was rolling too and the Rockets would beat the Reds 10 - 2. After waiting a game for the loser's bracket to finish, the Rockets learned they would face the Reds again. The Reds would have to beat the Rockets twice to win the Championship and unfortunately they did. The games were close and the score would go back and forth. The boys usually don't get into these slugfest but we were holding our own against a team that was really hitting well. In the first game the Rockets would have the lead only to have one bad inning and let it slide away. The game would end with the Rockets losing 8-7. In the second game and for all the marbles, the Rockets would again lead but then lose the lead. It was close the whole game but in the end the Reds held on to win 12-11. Once again the Rockets played awesome and the boys should be proud of themselves. We have the Crystal Coast Nations Wood Bat World Series next weekend. After several years with the Rockets, Cody and Conner are moving on and we wish them the best. They were awesome teammates and played with a lot of heart and character. They helped make the Rockets what we are today, good luck guys!!!
After earning the 1 seed, the boys would start Saturday off facing Chargers Baseball. The Rockets jumped out to a 5-0 lead and wouldn't look back. The boys would end up beating the Chargers 13-2 and move on to play the Orange County Copperheads again.
Once again the boys would jump out to a lead and extend it to 7-1. The Copperheads would battle back and get it to 7-5 but the Rockets wanted to stay unbeaten and would win 7-5.
The next game is Sunday at 11:00am on field 2 against the Virginia Reds. if we win we play at 3:00pm and if we lose, we fall into the loser's bracket and play at 1:00pm. All games Sunday are on field 2. Have the boys there by 10:00am for warm ups in their Cardinal jersey.
The Rockets started strong in the first game and then squeeked by in the second to go 2-0 in pool play. The boys would start the World Series off facing the DC Destroyers. They played awesome and shut out the Destroyers 8-0. With great pitching, awesome defense and working hard at the plate, the guys looked in control and on their way to earning the 1 seed.
In the second game, the Rockets faced the Orange County Copperheads. The boys jumped out to a lead and extended it out to 4 - 0 but the Copperheads would battle back. In the bottom of the 5th, the Copperheads would score 3 and were only down by 1 run - 4-3. Jake would come in to close and the Rockets would hold on to win 4-3.
By going 2 - 0 and only allowing 3 runs, the Rockets earned the 1 seed and will face Chargers Baseball at 12:00 noon on the GAP field 1. Please have the boys there by 11:00am for warm ups in their black jersey.
Below is the link and As Always ---- GO ROCKETS!!!!
AAU Summer World Series Schedule
Top Gun Summer World Series - Rockets go 5-1 after earning 1 seed end up 3rd out of 24 teams.
June 29, 2014
The Rockets go 5-1 and after earning the 1 seed, the boys wound up finishing 3rd out of 24 teams. The guys played great allowing only 8 runs over 6 games with 7 runs unfortunately coming today over 2 games. The boys ended up scoring 35 runs but struggled a little today. That's baseball and even though the goal was the Championship in the Gold Bracket, the boys should be proud of their efforts.
The Rockets started Sunday off facing the NC Diamond Dawgs at 1:00pm. After giving up 3 runs in the 1st inning the boys would settle in and battle back. Working hard the boys wouldn't quit and ended up winning the game 5-3. With the win the boys now would face the Rock Solid Blue team. The boys again would give them a 3-0 lead before scoring a run. Going into the bottom of the 7th the Rockets were trailing 4-1, they would battle to a score of 4-3 but came up 1 run short to advance to the championship.
On the second day of pool play, the Rockets once again played awesome. The first game saturday was against Purpose Driven Baseball. Great pitching from Jake got the Rockets out to a 3-0 lead. Zach came in to close and the Rockets once again played awesome defense and won the game 3-1.
The next game was against the Carolina Raiders and the Rockets wanted to go 4 - 0 with a chance to get the number 1 seed and stay on field 11. The game started slow but then the bats came alive. Before you knew it the Rockets were up 8-0 and the game was won by the Rockets. Going 4-0 allowing only 1 run pretty much sets the Rockets up for the 1 seed and playing at 1:00pm on field 11. Check back later for the official word.
What a long Friday, 2 rain delays and 2 awesome games from the Rockets. In the first game Brady pitch awesome and the defense took care of business allowing Brady to pitch a complete game in around 50 pitches. The boys ended up beating the Richmond Rockies 10-0.
The second game saw Trevor pitch awesome and with the boys once again playing awesome defense behind him. Trev got the complete game with a 6-0 win over Warehouse Athletics Gold.
Saturday morning will start early for the boys with the first game at 8am on field 11 against Purpose Driven Baseball. Please have the boys there at 7am Saturday for warm ups in their Black jersey and white pants. Our second game Saturday will be at 10am on field 11 against the Carolina Raiders. There is still a chance of rain tonight so fingers crossed that it doesn't cause any problems. More information about bracket play will be posted later. As Always ---- GO ROCKETS!!!!!
Top Gun Summer World Series Schedule
Rockets win 13U Open USSSA Mountain State Championship
June 15, 2014
After earning the 2 seed with Saturday's 1-1 finish, the Rockets would play RBI Baseball first thing Sunday morning. The Rockets jumped out to an early 1 run lead and behind excellent pitching and defense the boys would hold that lead until the bottom of the 5th, where they would score 3 more. With the score 4 - 0, RBI would close it to 4-2 in the top of the 6th but the Rockets would answer scoring 2 more and that's where the game would end with the Rockets beating RBI baseball 6-2.
That win would lead to a rematch of the Rockets vs Carolina Havoc. With the Havoc also beating RBI, the final game of the day was for the Championship. After a couple scoreless innings, the Rockets would lead the 3rd inning off with 3 runs. With great pitching and fielding, the Havoc would only be able to score 2 runs which the Rockets would match and the game would end with the Rockets winning the Championship by a score of 5-2.
Stats will be in Monday. Our next tourney is the Top Gun Summer World Series and when we get the info, we will pass it on. The boys are playing great and the coaches are very proud of their hard work and dedication.
The USSSA Mountain State Championship had the Rockets start Saturday facing the Carolina Havoc. The boys took the lead early and battled but in the end one inning would change the game and the boys wouldn't recover. The Rockets list to the Havoc 5-4. In the second game, the Rockets would face the Blue Ridge Smoke. The boys again jumped out to an early lead. This time the guys scored a couple more and played the defense needed to win. The boys beat the Smoke by a score of 6-1.
The link to the schedule is below. As Always --- GO ROCKETS!!!!
USSSA Mountain State Schedule
Rockets win Nations - Battle of the Bats 13U Championship!!!!!!
June 8, 2014
After a tough Saturday, the Rockets showed up to play Sunday. They started the day against the Coastal Carolina Razorbacks. Behind Jack's awesome pitching, the boys would go to an extra inning with a 0 - 0 tie. In the extra inning, the Rockets would score 4 runs in the top of the 8th. The Razorbacks would get only 2 runs in the bottom and with that win the Rockets would go to the championship game against the Pitt County Tornados.
In the Championship game, the Tornados would jump out to a lead but the Rockets would continue to fight back. In the bottom of the 5th, the boys would take the lead. Then in the 6th, the boys extended the lead to a 12-7 score. The Rockets would hold on to win. The boys played awesome on Sunday and should be proud of their efforts. Next weekend we will be in Morganton playing with USSSA.
The Stats are in so enjoy.
Saturday's comments and Results.
The Rockets had a tough Saturday by dropping both pool play games. The first game, the Rockets faced the Pitt County Tornados. Although the boys jumped out to a lead, they couldn't hold on and lost 6-4.
In the second game the boys faced the Coastal Carolina Razorbacks. Once again the boys jumped out to a 3-0 lead. The Razorbacks would battle and took the lead. Even though the Rockets would battle it wasn't enough and the Razorbacks won 9-6.
The boys earned the 3 seed for Sunday and will face the Coastal Carolina Razorbacks on field 11 at 9:00am. Please have the boys there by 8:00am for warm ups in the cardinal jersey and white pants.
As Always ---- GO ROCKETS!!!!!
Nations Battle of the Bats - Rocky Mount Schedule
Top Gun at the Factory - Rockets lose first game Sunday but Bounce back in Consolation Game.
May 25, 2014
The boys had a difficult weekend going 2-2 at the Top Gun tourney this weekend. After earning the 3 seed the boys would face the 6th seed Coastal Guard. The Rockets struggled and would end up losing 5-2. After that loss, the boys would play the consolation game against Redhawks Baseball. The coaches asked for the guys to repsond and they did. With a complete game of great pitching, great fielding and battling at the plate, the Rockets beat the Redhawks 9-1. We are sending out information about the next tournament which will be the weekend of June 7 & 8 now.
The Rockets went 1-1 on Saturday and earned the 3 seed. The day started with the Royals Prospects playing the Rockets. The game was a battle but in the end the Rockets would prevail 5-4. In the second game the boys would go extra innings with the Carolina Titans. The Titans would win with a 9-7 score.
With the 3 seed the boys will face the Coastal Guard at 9:00am on field 5. Have the guys there by 8:00am for warm ups in their Cardibnal Jersey and white pants.
As Always ---- Go ROCKETS!!!!!
Top Gun Factory Schedule
USSSA - Quest for the Best - Knightdale - Rockets finish in 3rd place after going 2-2!!
May 18, 2014
The Rockets went 2-2 overall and ended up finishing in 3rd place for the USSSA Quest for the Best - Knightdale. Bracket play started early Sunday against the North Wake Bombers. The Rockets would start fast, scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st. The Bombers attempted a come back in the top of the 3rd scoring 2 runs and making it 6-2 but then in the bottom of the 4th the Rockets scored 5 more to make the score 11-2. With that win the guys advanced to play the 2 seed WM9.
In the second game, the Rockets again jumped out to a lead only to lose it in the bottom of the 1st. The boys would battle but errors continued to hurt any chance of a come back. The boys would lose 10 - 3. With that loss, the Rockets finished 3rd overall out of 7 teams.
The stats are in so take a look.
The Rockets started rough Saturday but by the end of the day they started looking like the same old Rockets team. The first game was against Jays Baseball and the boys just seemed to be having a rough go at it. Even though we scored first and tried to keep it close, the Jays would beat the Rockets 8-4. Fortunately, the guys woke up for the second game. It took a couple innings but the boys really started playing well and they beat the Riptide 9-1. By going 1-1, the boys earned the 3 seed and will be facing the North Wake Bombers at 8:00am on field 1. As Always ----- GO ROCKETS!!!!!!!!!
Quest for the Best - Knightdale Schedule
Rockets win AAU Baseball Showdown 13U Open Championship in Oxford!!!!!
April 27, 2014
Behind excellent pitching and awesome team baseball at the plate, the Rockets went 4-0 this weekend to win the 13U Open Championship in the AAU Baseball Showdown in Oxford. The Rockets started Sunday facing the Orange County Copperheads. The Rockets would jump out to an early lead and never look back. The final score was 11-1 Rockets. The second game the boys would face the Carolina Pirates. Once again the Rockets jumped out to an early lead and wouldn't give an inch until the 6th inning. The Pirates scored 2 but the Rockets would answer with 3 more runs. Those 3 runs would end the game with the Rockets winning 10 -2.
The stats are in, so enjoy - here's a summary.
Runs for 40
Runs Against 4
Total Rockets Hit 46
Team Batting Ave. .447
Team ERA 0.87
Team WHIP 1.08
Hits given up 17
Walks Given up 9
K's Pitched 20
The Rockets started the Spring 2014 13U Season by going 2-0 on Saturday. The first game the Rockets started slow but the started to string some runs together. After 7 innings the Rockets won 9-1 over the Carolina Coyotes.
In the second game the boys again started slow but once again would wake up and bring in some big runs to win the game 10 - 0 against the Braveheart Snipers. The boys looked good after 2 games and control their fate tomorrow.
The schedule is posted below.
AAU Baseball Showdown - Oxford
As Always ------ GO ROCKETS!!!!!!
Follow the Rockets through new social media accounts!!!!!
April 13, 2014
The North Raleigh Rockets now have new ways to be followed through twitter and Instagram. Hopefully these accounts will provide quick and accurate information so that friends and family can track how the Rockets are doing without being there. The Twitter account is @NRRockets and the Instagram account is northraleighrockets. Through out the season we will post information in both accounts.
As Always ----- GO ROCKETS!!!!!!
Umpire Conelle Honored for Heroic Actions at State Fair!!!
January 12, 2014
Our Cooperstown Umpire received an award for his heroic actions at the North Carolina State Fair when the Vortex ride seriously injured a few people during an accident. Below is a link to the WRAL story. Thanks Conelle for the Cooperstown trip and being such a great role model for the Rockets!!!!
WRAL Story - Conelle Receives Award
A little off season inspiration from TCU (again)
November 20, 2013
Cooperstown and other 12U Slideshow
November 21, 2013
AAU Winter World Series - Clemmons -Rockets Finish Runners Up!!!
November 6, 2013
The North Raleigh Rockets finished as Runners Up at the AAU Winter World Series in Clemmons!!! The boys played 4 awesome games only to come up 2 runs short from capturing the Championship. Sunday would start with the Rockets facing North Davidson Baseball. The boys came ready to play and scored 5 runs in the bottom of the first to take a 5-1 lead. They would double it in the bottom of the second and then by the end of the game it was 11-2 with a very decisive Rockets win in 5 innings. That win would put the Rockets into the Championship game against Spartans Baseball.
In the Championship game against Spartans Baseball, the boys would battle against a very good Spartans team. The team was familiar to the Rockets. The Spartans were a combination of some very good players from the Stingers, GBC, Carolina Jays and Panther Baseball Club. The game would go back and forth. With the game tied in the bottom of the 6th, the Spartans would score 3 to take the lead. The Rockets would add 1 in the 7th and with the bases loaded, the Spartans would get the final out to win the Championship.
The Stats are in so take a look. Just a summary of how the boys did:
Runs Against - 12
Runs For - 26
Hits against - 18
Hits For - 41
Strikeouts by the Rockets - 13
Strikeouts by opponents - 24
The North Raleigh Rockets started The AAU Winter World Series facing the Halifax County Rattlers. Behind some awesome pitching and defense the boys would shut out the Rattlers 4-0. Once again the Rockets would get the runners in scoring positIon and had some key hits that drove in the runs to win the game.
In the second game Saturday, the guys would face the Rowan Razorbacks. The game was almost a repeat of the first one. Almost a shut out but the razorbacks would score 2 in the 7th. With the Rockets leading 5-0, the 2 runs made it closer but it was not enough a the Rockets beat the Razorbacks 5-2. The pitching and defense was great again and the hitting scored the runs needed to win.
With the 2 wins the boys earned a bye and will play Sunday at 12:30pm at WS Nationals field. Have the guys there by 11:30am in their Cardinal jersey and long white pants. We will face the winner of the North Davidson Baseball vs Rowan Razorbacks game. If we win, we will go to the championship on the WS Nationals field at 4:30pm. A loss would mean a possible consolation game on the same field at 6:30pm. I did say possible.
As Aways ------ GO ROCKETS!!!!!
AAU Winter World Series Schedule
USSSA Raleigh Invitational - Rockets battle Sunday to finish as Runner's Up!!!!
October 21, 2013
The Rockets battled Sunday and finished as Runner's Up at the USSSA Raleigh Invitational 13U after losing the pool play games on Saturday.
Saturday would start with the Rockets facing Redlegs baseball. The boys would jump out to a 6-1 lead in the top of the 5th, but in the bottom of the inning the Redlegs would score 6 runs to win, 7-6. The second game would be against the Sandhills Patriots. Once again the Rockets were leading 3-1 but in the bottom of the 6th, the Patriots would score 4 runs to take the lead. In the 7th the Rockets scored one but couldn't get the other run in and would lose, 5-4. Thankfully Saturday was now over and the Rockets earned the 5th seed.
On Sunday, the guys would face Redlegs baseball once again. This time the boys jumped out to a 7 - 0 lead and even though the Redlegs would battle back, the Rockets would hold on to win 7 - 3. The next game would be against Carolina Core. The Rockets scored the only runs with the pitching being awesome from both teams. The Rockets with Jack pitching and awesome defense kept the Core in check and with some key hits the boys scored 4 to win 4-0. with that win the boys were now in the Championship game against Stingers baseball.
In the Championship game, you had 2 teams that had already played 4 games each this weekend. They both played great on Sunday but only one would be Champions. At first the Rockets jumped out quick, after 2 innings the boys scored 6 runs and were leading 6-0. The Stingers weren't going to give up and immediately put 3 runs on the board in the top of the 3rd. In the 5th, the Stingers would add 4 more runs to take the lead. The Rockets would battle back but just couldn't score the runs. In the end the Stingers took the Championship by a score of 7-6.
The stats are in so enjoy. Friday, we should be playing in the WWS, so when we find out when, we will pass it on.
As Always --- GO ROCKETS!!!!!
USSSA Raleigh Invitational Schedule
Rockets have a blast volunteering at Miracle League.
October 13, 2013
The Rockets had a blast Saturday, volunteering at the Miracle League game. They had fun with the players and really represented the Rockets well. Here are some pictures I was sent and hated that I missed it. As always - GO ROCKETS!!!!!
USSSA Touch' em All - Raleigh - Rockets 13U Champions going 4 - 0 !!!!!!
September 8, 2013
The Rockets played awesome baseball this weekend to win the USSSA Touch' em All Raleigh 13U Championship. Out of 16 teams, the Rockets placed 1st and did so with a thrilling game against the talented Carolina Pilots.
Sunday would start off with the Rockets facing the Chatham Phoenix. The boys would jump out to a lead but in the 5th inning, the game would get close with the Rockets holding on to a 1 run lead 4-3. The boys would regain their composure and would win 6-4, to get into the championship game against the Carolina Pilots.
In the Championship game, you would see 2 great teams battle. The Pilots and Rockets would go scoreless until the 7th inning. In the top of the 7th, Cody would lead off with a double. Then Greg would move him over to 3rd and Brady would get walked. Zach came up and singled Cody in for the winning run. Just for insurance, Seth would score Zach and the Rockets were up 2 - 0. Greg would close with a 3 up and 3 down bottom of the 7th and the Rockets would win the Championship.
What a way to start 13U. Playing great teams and the Rockets just were awesome. Just how good - out of 26 innings the Rockets held their opponents scoreless for 23 of them. They outscored their opponents 24-8. They had 38 hits while their opponents had only 12. They also had a combined no hitter pitched on Saturday. The boys just played awesome. The stats are in so enjoy. Very proud of the guys!!!!!
The boys started 13U off awesome Saturday at the Wolf's family home field (aka Middle Creek). The Rockets dominated the 2 games and came away with 2 wins and hopefully a top seed for tomorrow's games.
In the first game the boys faced the Harnett County Venom. The Rockets would jump out to a good lead but the Venom battled back to make it close. The Rockets were just too much for them and the Rockets would win 10 - 4.
In the second game the boys would work together to pitch a no hitter against the Carolina Cardinals. With the pitching being awesome, the fielding behind the pitchers would also need to take care of business and with the bats doing what they need to, the Rockets would go on to beat the Cardinals 6-0. We now have to wait to see how the other teams do. It is certain that we will end up in the Gold bracket but when and who we will play might not be decided until late tonight. We will post it here as soon as we can and email it out.
USSSA Touch'em All Schedule
Rockets have blast at Cooperstown!!!!!!
June 28, 2013
The North Raleigh Rockets have played some unbelievable baseball this week. They went 5-1 in pool play and allowed only 4.83 runs per game over 6 games. With that, they earned the 16 seed out of 104 teams at Cooperstown this week. The boys finished pool play tied for 14th but ended up getting the 16th seed after the tie break. The boys faced some great competition with a few major level and a couple AAA level teams.
Going into the Bracket play the boys earned a few byes which allowed them a break until 4:00pm which then turned into 3:30pm to beat the rain moving in. Once again the competition was tough with nobody wanting to give up and be forced to watch the games remaining. The guys would win the first one to get into the final round of 24 teams. Then lose the second in a very close game that was a battle against a very good team from the Toronto area.
The eventual champions were the Warriors Baseball Club of Michigan. If you don't remember that team, we lost to them 3-2 and 7-2 early this year. We have played extremely well with some of the best from all over the country and Canada this year. The guys are continuing to get better and after Cooperstown, it has been great to see a group of 11 players who have played with each other for years, develop into a great team. Yes, I will say it no guest players for a reason. Just Rockets!!!!!!!
The guys finished 6-2 over the week, they had a ton of kids compliment them and tell them how good they were but the greatest thing was how the other coaches on several occasions said they played the game with class and character and showed great sportsmanship on the field.
It has been an awesome week and the boys have loved hearing the crowd cheering for them. They definitely got to "Live the Dream". Thanks Rocket fans!! you guys are the greatest. One more left this summer and there is a chance we may switch to another location with Nations World Series at Rocky Mount being played the same weekend as AAU. AAU only has 2 other teams in our group, where Nations has 10. As Always ----GO ROCKETS!!!!!!!
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