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This Week In Rocket Varsity Sports

Baseball

April 16th
@ McPherson with
Emporia and Great Bend
4:00 pm

Girls Soccer

April 16th
vs Valley Center
6:15 pm

Girls Swimming

April 16th
@ Buhler Invitational
4:00 pm

Boys Golf

April 15th
@ Circle
(Willowbend Golf Club)
3:00 pm

Softball

April 18th
@ Andover
4:00 pm

Track

April 12th
@ Shocker Pre‑State &
Garden Plain
9:00 am | 3:00 pm

Home Win For The Lady Rockets

The Lady Rockets took on Classical at home on Thursday and won by a score of 2-0. This makes it the lady's first home game win of the season after tying McPherson last week. They played hard and in the 16th minute freshman Kyia Kelly scored on an assist by junior Ava Markley. Going into halftime, in the 37th minute, Ava Markley scored unassisted to put the Lady Rockets up 2-0; the score would hold up throughout the second half to earn the Lady Rockets a 2-0 victory. The Rockets had a total of 16 shots with nine in the first half and seven in the second half.  The Rocket’s goalkeeper, AJ Woodward, had a total of one save with it being in the second half. After the game, Head Coach Shelby Kaba stated, “We secured a 2-0 victory, controlling possession, positioning, and attacking the opponent's goal with 16 shots. While their defense prevented a wider margin, our relentless attack and defensive stability kept them scoreless. This performance highlights our ability to create chances, and we'll continue refining our finishing to capitalize in future games!”. The Rockets will play next on Tuesday, April 16 at home against Valley Center with the junior varsity starting at 5 pm followed by the varsity at approximately 6:15 pm.

Rockets Split With Indians

This past Thursday the Rockets traveled to Andale for a windy double header with the Indians. In game one the Rockets would jump to an early lead after a solo home run from Scotty Carr and a triple from Connor McPhilomy would put the Rockets up 2-0 after the first inning. Andale, however, would retaliate against the Rockets by scoring a run of their own to cut the Rocket’s lead down to 2-1 after the first inning. The Rockets would score an insurance run after a Rhett Briggs sacrifice fly would score Zach Fair to increase their lead to 3-1 after the second inning. However, after the second inning the Rocket bats would get cold for the rest of the game allowing the Indians a chance to come back. Unfortunately, the Indians would take that chance as they would score two in the third to make it a 3-3 ballgame; then they would score another run in the fourth to take the lead 4-3. The Indians would score another insurance run in the sixth to give the final score of 5-3 with a Rocket loss. Colton Roberts would get the loss as he threw four innings with three hits, four runs with three of them being earned, five walks, and seven strikeouts on the night. Game two would be more up to our expectations as our bats would wake back up again later on in the game to give the Rockets a large lead. Both teams would struggle to break the game open until Andale would jump first in the bottom of the third with two runs to take an early 2-0 lead. The Rocket bats were starting to look like they did in Augusta and game one of this double header until the fifth inning. I would get hit by pitch that would give us the opportunity to get on the board. I would steal a bag putting me in scoring position as Trayton Allison-Hill would have a 12 pitch at bat, drawing a walk, to put runners at first and second with no outs. Peirce Kehle would lay down a sacrifice bunt to move the runners over into scoring positions with one out. Blake Struble would hit an RBI single as he scored me and moved Hill over to third. With two outs, Cooper Nace would hit a pop-up to the second baseman, who dropped the ball for an error, allowing Hill to tie the game 2-2 in the fifth inning. The Rockets wouldn’t be done scoring in the game, however, as Roberts would hit a leadoff single to start what would become a scoring parade for the Rockets in the sixth inning. There would be an error in the outfield on my hit allowing Roberts to advance to third and I would end up on second. Hill would be hit by a pitch filling the bases up and from here the scoring would begin. After many walks, hit by pitches, and a few hits and sacrifice fly’s the Rockets would score nine runs to make the score 11-2 going into the seventh inning. We would top it all off with another run in the seventh giving the final score of 12-2. Kehle would be the winning pitcher for game two as he threw six innings with three hits, two runs with neither of them being earned, two walks, and eight strikeouts to top off the amazing performance on the bump. Nace would close both games combining for three innings allowing four hits, one run that wasn’t earned, with no walks, and four strikeouts. The Rockets get a bit of a break with a four-day weekend to rest up as we will be traveling to McPherson on Tuesday for a tournament with Emporia, Great Bend, and McPherson. First up for the Rockets will be McPherson, the two-time Class 4A defending state champions.

Two Losses On The Road

This past Thursday the Lady Rockets traveled to Andale to compete against the Indians on their home field. The first game they played heavily favored the home team. The 1st inning was quite slow for both teams with the Rockets scoring none and the Indians scoring one. The 2nd inning was quite different with the Rockets putting up one run and the Indians pulling away from the Rockets scoring four runs, making the score 5-1 with the Indians in the lead. The Rockets scored two runs in the 3rd inning, but scored no runs after that until the 7th inning where they scored one. The Indians would consistently score runs until the final inning with one in the 3rd and two in the 4th, 5th, and 6th, respectively. The Indians won the first game by a wide margin of 12-4. The second game was very different than the first. The Rockets would hold off the Lady Indians from scoring for most of the game. They only scored one run in the 2nd inning and two runs in the 5th. Sadly, the Rockets were blocked on their scoring as well. They only scored one run in the 6th inning and none in the 7th, unable to close the small gap in runs between the two teams. The Indians won the second game by less than the first with three runs to the Rockets’ one. Paige Green scored the Rockets’ one run. The next time the Lady Rockets play will be on their home field against the Andover Trojans on April 18th.