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Rawlings Prospects NC 2019 - Fall 2014 Slideshow
December 26, 2014
Spring 2015 - Roster set!!!!!
December 7, 2014
The roster for the Rawlings Prospects NC 2019 has been set and we would like to welcome Ryan Kennedy and Matt Kelley to the Rawlings family. They will be joining a great team and with winter workouts right around the corner the coaches can't wait to get started. We are currently working on the schedule for tournaments and practices and will send them out as soon as possible.
We would also like to say a few things about 2 team mates and a coach that have meant a lot to our program over the years and have decided to take a slightly different path in the spring. First off, Greg Strickland will begin playing with the Rawlings Prospects NC 2018 team. Greg has been a great player, team mate and friend over the years and hopefully he will join us for a couple games in 2015. He is an excellent short stop, outfielder and pitcher and will be missed but moving up to the 2018 team is what is best for him and we wish him the best.
Secondly, we would like to say thanks to Chris Olcott and Jack Olcott. Jack has been with us for several years and has been a great player, team mate and friend who will be missed. He is an excellent center fielder and pitcher who has pitched against some of the best teams around. Jack and Chris have decided to focus on the High School team and activities that Jack is involved in and we wish them both the best.
Coach Chris has been with our program for a few years and has helped our boys with his baseball knowledge and his medical skills. He has been and will continue to be a good friend. We have always worked hard to do whats best for the kids and Chris always had that in mind with his coaching.
As Always ---- GO PROSPECTS!!!!!!
Top Gun Winter World Series - Prospects end season going 0-4 in competitive Tourney!!
November 10, 2014
The Fall 2014 season came to end with the Rawlings Prospects going 0-4 in Division 1 playing some really good teams from NC and Virginia. The tourney started Saturday with the Prospects playing the Stars Baseball Grey team out of Virginia. The boys just couldn't get anything going and lost the the game 8-0.
In the second game Saturday the boys would face the Dirtbags. Although the Prospects would score first, the Dirtbags started hitting and never stopped. By the end of the game, the score was 13-1 with the Dirtbags winning.
Going 0-2 put the Prospects as the 22 seed and in the Bronze Bracket. The first game Sunday was against the Stars Baseball Red out of Virginia. The Prospects would battle but would score a run and then give up 2. In the end the Prospects would lose 8-3.
In the consolation game, the boys would face the Carolina Razorbacks. In a game that saw the boys struggle from the start, the season would end with the Prospects losing 7-2.
Although a hard way to end the season, the boys played well this Fall and should be proud of the improvements they made. Time to work hard in the off season.
Stats in tonight.
AAU Halloween Ring Showdown - Butner- Rawlings Prospects go 4-0 and win 14U Open Championship!!!
October 26, 2014
The Rawlings Prospects played 4 awesome games this weekend to go 4-0 in the AAU Halloween Ring Showdown and win the 14U Open Championship.
The boys started Sunday off facing the Royals Prospects Black in the first bracket game. The bats were still working well and the Rawlings Prospects would score in the 2nd, 3rd and 4th innings to win the game 10-0. That win put the boys into the Championship.
In the Championship game, the Prospects would jump out to a lead only to see the Titans battle back to tie the game. Then once again the boys would get the lead back and the Titans would tie it up again. At the end of 7 innings the game was tied and we went to extra innings. In the bottom of the 8th, Greg and Zach would get to 2nd and 3rd. Kyle was up with no outs and would drive in the winning run to win the championship. it was a great game and the boys should be proud of how well they played.
Stats will be in tonight.
Rawlings Prospects started Saturday off strong facing the Harnett County Outlaws. The Prospects jumped out to a 3-0 lead and would continue to play well. By the end of the game the Prospects would win 11-0. In the second game the boys faced the Carolina Titans. Once again the Prospects would jump out to a good lead but the Titans would battle back to within 1 run. Just as it looked like the game would get close, the boys would score a few more and by the end of the game the Prospects won 13-4. 2 solid games and looking forward to tomorrow. As Always ----- GO PROSPECTS!!!!
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!!!!!
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!!!!!
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!!!!!!
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!!!!!
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!!!!!!
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!!!!
A little off season inspiration from TCU (again)
November 20, 2013
Cooperstown and other 12U Slideshow
November 21, 2013
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!!!!!
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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