- Runners Up - AAU Winter World Series 13U - Clemmons - 11/10/2013
- Runners Up - USSSA Raleigh Invitational - Middle Creek 13U - 10/20/2013
- Champions - USSSA Touch' em All - Middle Creek 13U Open Gold - 9/8/2013
- Champions - Nations All American Super Regional Rings - Snow Hill - 12U 6/9/2013
- Champions - Top Gun Mini Bat - Rocky Mount - 12U Silver - 6/2/2013
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North Raleigh Rockets 13U - Spring 2014
First Tournament date is set - now where do we go??
April 13, 2014
Looks like the Rockets will start the Spring 2014 on April 26 & 27 but which tournament to go to still hasn't been figured out yet. We are looking at Top Gun Cary, Top Gun Fayetteville, USSSA Sanford, AAU Oxford and also a few with an outside chance like EC Nations, USSSA Tarboro and Nations Triad. Hopefully we will see some movement soon but Top Gun Fayetteville looks like the front runner with the most teams. We will make the decision probably the week of the tournament. 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!!!!!!
Congrats to all Rockets!!!! Every Rocket is playing Middle School Baseball this spring.
March 4, 2014
Congratulations to the Rockets!!!! Every player is playing for their Middle School this spring. Their hard work over the years has paid off and now they need to keep it up. Hoepfully, we can get the team together soon for some optional spring workouts but we want them to concentrate on Middle school ball for now. This summer the Rockets will get going wide open again.
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
Rockets 13U - Spring 2014 Roster set!!! Looking forward to a great Spring!!!
January 7, 2014
The roster is set and we are working on some details with optional winter workouts to get the boys ready for Middle School Baseball. The schedule will be posted slightly later this year after we get additional information of the Middle School schedules but as soon as we figure something out, we will pass it on. As Always ------ GO ROCKETS!!!!!!!
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
Top Gun Winter World Series Rockets go 3-1 and Finish 5th out of 22 teams!!!!!
October 28, 2013
Sunday didn't start off as well as we wanted it to but the Rockets finished strong in the consolation game and ended up 5th out of 22 teams in their Division. The boys started the day off Sunday facing the Thunderstixx. The guys hanged tough early and had it tied up 2-2 until the bottom of the 4th inning. The Thunderstixx really turned it on in the 4th and 5th by scoring 5 runs. With the score 7-2, the Rockets couldn't get anything going and lost the game 7-2. The Thunderstixx went on to play the Championship against the Evoshield Canes South/Pilots but lost.
In the consolation game, the Rockets would face the Spirit again. Early on, the game was a close one but the Rockets would score runs every inning and would pull away to an 11-3 win. The guys again played excellent team baseball and looked like the good old Rockets. The stats are in but here's the wrap up.
Runs scored 31
Runs Allowed 16
Hits by Rockets 46
Hits by Opponents 26
Rockets strikeouts 20
Striking out opponents 28
3 -1 again but getting better.
The Rockets played 2 excellent games Friday and Saturday to earn the 5th seed out of 22 teams. Playing in the Gold Bracket Sunday Morning. Friday the boys started the Winter World Series off by facing the Carolina Titans. The Titans played well but the Rockets jumped out to an early lead and continued to add a run here and there. By late Friday night in the freexing cold the Rockets would win by a score of 9-3.
Saturday, the Rockets had a goal of reaching the Gold Bracket and a win against the Sandhills Patriots would guarantee that. The game was close early but the boys just kept chipping away and after adding a run here and there the guys extended the lead out to a 9-3 victory. They have played some excellent baseball and the teamwork has been unbeleivable.
With the 5th seed, the guys will face the Carolina Thunderstixx at 8:00am on field 7.
Uniform for Sunday will be Cardinal Jersey, White Long Pants and Cardinal Belt. Please have the boys there by 7:15am for warm ups.
As Always -- GO ROCKETS!!!!
Top Gun WWS 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!!!!!
Top Gun NIT - Greensboro - Rockets go 3 -1 and finish in 3rd place.
October 6, 2013
The Rockets played another day of one rough game and one much better game. Going into Sunday the boys would face a familiar team with Spirit Baseball as their first game. The boys played a 0 - 0 game until the Top of the 5th when the Spirit jumped out to a 4 - 0 lead. Then in the top of the 6th the extended their lead to 7 - 0 and the Rockets were out of any chance of going to the Championship game. The Spirit would win 7-1 and move on to face the NC Young Guns. The Rockets would drop to the consolation game and face the Hillsborough Storm.
In the Consolation game the boys would battle a very good Hillsborough Storm team. The Storm would jump out to a 3-2 lead after 1 inning but by the end of 3 innings, it was tied at 6. The Storm would take the lead 7-6 only to see the Rockets score 2 in the bottom of the last inning and win the game 8 -7.
Once again the stats will be in tonight but here is the overall:
Runs Scored 28, Runs Allowed 19, Hits for us 42, Hits for them 24. We scored on average 7 runs per game and had an average of over 10 hits per game.
We have Practice Thursday and Saturday with the Miracle League also Saturday morning. Our next tournament is the weekend of October 19 & 20 with no place yet determined but looking for new teams and venues that we haven't seen this Fall.
The Rockets played one rough game and then came to life and played awesome in the second game but still went 2-0 and earned the 2 seed. The boys started the day against the East Rowan Wreckers Baseball Club. The Wreckers would jump out to a 2-0 lead and it would stay that way until the bottom of the 6th where the Rockets would score 3 to take the lead 3-2. The Wreckers then regained the lead 4-3 in the top of the 7th. Fortunately, the guys were now in the game and in the bottom of the 7th they scored 2 more to win the game 5-4.
In the second game the guys came out ready to play and scored quick. 3 runs in the first and they never looked back. The final score was Rockets 14 and Rockies 1. With that win the boys earned the 2 seed.
The first game on Sunday will be against Spirit Baseball at 9:30am on field 2. Please have the boys there by 8:30am for warm ups in their cardinal jersey and white long pants. If the boys win they will face the winner of the Hillsborough Storm vs NC Young Guns game on field 1 at 1:30pm. If they lose they will face the loser of the same game on field 1 at 11:30am.
As Always ---- GO ROCKETS!!!!!!
Top Gun NIT - Greensboro
Top Gun - Middle Creek - Rockets play awesome but come up 1 run short in semi final game!!!
September 29, 2013
The Rockets played some awesome baseball Sunday and went 1-1 to finish 4th in the tournament against some pretty tough competition. The boys started the day against the Area Stars. The Rockets were definitely ready to play and jumped out early. The pitching was awesome and kept the Stars off the scoreboard until late in the game. The Rockets went on to win 7 -1.
With the win over the Area Stars, the Rockets would get a rematch against the Durham Indians. The Indians would jump out to a 1 - 0 lead in the bottom of the first but it was clear that this game would be a battle. In the top of the 4th, the Rockets would take the lead 2 - 1. The Indians would score 2 of their own in the bottom of the 5th and hold on to win 3 - 2. Even though it was disappointing, the Rockets played awesome and with Saturday now a distant memory we are looking forward to next weekend's tournament. We will let you know as soon as a decision is made but we are looking west to Greensboro but also east to Rocky Mount, hopefully we will land somewhere in between but soemtimes we follow the herd and then sometimes we need to set our own course.
The stats are in so enjoy - PLEASE keep in mind we have faced some tough competition the last few games so realize that they may be a little rough looking. Very proud of the guys they did well facing what happened Saturday and then just moving on.
The Rockets had a rough go at it today, playing the 1 & 2 seed for their Saturday draw. In the first game, the Rockets looked like they may hang with the Durham Indians but too many errors allowed the Indians to pull away to a 12-3 victory. In the 2nd game the boys once again struggled as the Carolina Cubs played well and beat the Rockets 8-0.
With the 6th seed, the Rockets will face off against the Area Stars, Sunday at 1:00pm on field 2. Please have the boys there by Noon for warm ups in their Cardinal Jersey and White long pants. After that game, if they win they will play the Durham Indians on field 2 at 3:00pm. If they lose,they will face the loser of the Core vs Purpose Driven game at 5:00pm on field 2.
The pink jerseys were a hit, I know I had 5 or 6 including a couple umps say they were great. Tomorrow is our day to reset and play Rockets Baseball looking forward to it.
As Always ------ GO ROCKETS!!!!!
Top Gun Middle Creek schedule
Rockets play great and finish 3-1 with 4th place finish in Triad Top Gun Tourney
September 15, 2013
The Bat Tree
The Rockets played some awesome baseball this weekend in Greensboro, finishing 3-1 in the Triad Top Gun 13U Gold Bracket. The boys earned the 4 seed for Sunday's games and would start the day facing Spirit Baseball. The Rockets jumped out to a 3 - 0 lead and wouldn't let up. The game finished in 3 innings with the Rockets winning 15 - 0. That win put the Rockets into the semi final game against the 1 seeded Carolina Pilots. The Rockets would battle and led the Pilots 3-1 until the bottom of the 4th. In the 4th, the Pilots took the lead 4-3 and added another in the 5th. With the score 5-3, the Rockets would threaten again in the 7th. Scoring 1 run and with runners on first and third, but this time they came up short and lost the game 5-4. The Pilots earned the win and went on to the Championship game.
Stats are in so enjoy!!!
The Rockets did great this weekend - here are some numbers
Runs Scored - 34 Runs Allowed - 14
Hits - 46 Opponents Hits - 22
Once again, outplaying the teams they have been facing - great job Rockets!!!
The Rockets played to great games on Saturday to go 2-0 and earn the 4 seed going into to Gold Bracket play on Sunday. The Rockets started Saturday off facing a tough opponent in the Carolina Jays. The Jays would lead the game but the Rockets would battle and then hold on to win 6-4.
Following the Jays game, the boys faced the Kernersville Bulldogs. Once again the Rockets gave up an early lead but in the bottom of the first the Rockets really poured it on, jumping to a 7-4 lead. The game would end with the Rockets winning 9-5.
With the 4 seed the Rockets will play Spirit Baseball Sunday morning at 11:00am on field 2. Have the boys there by 10:00am for warm ups in their Cardinal jersey and white long pants.
As Always - GO ROCKETS!!!!
Triad Top Gun Schedule
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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North Raleigh Rockets 13U - Spring 2014