This time last year it was snowing and no one thought an unknown team from a small startup school like SLA would do much against the traditional "big boys" of Philly Baseball. Most minds have been forever changed after an undefeated season, Division Title, trip to the Final Four and just one hit away from the Championship game.
There's a chip on their collective shoulder after the way the season ended just short of the ultimate prize, and it showed on Opening Day 2016. Lukas Supovitz-Aznar's curve was down right dirty and the Rockets' defense was stellar turning two beautiful double plays, one on a bullet back to 1st by Left Fielder Tony Brown to catch an aggressive runner.
The boys did it with the stick as well as the glove. Doubles by Lukas S-Aznar, Tony Brown and Aaron Watson-Sharer led an offense that relentlessly put the ball in play and took advantage of errors by Mastbaum's nervous defense to score 13 runs on 12 hits. Kevin Courtney went 3-4 with 5RBIs, Aaron Watson-Sharer went 2-3 with 3RBIs and Tony Brown also went 2-3 with 2 RBIs and stole home on a passed ball.
But all that offense wasn't even needed because Lukas held Mastbaum's entire line up in check and took a no-hitter all the way up to the final out before a single finally left the infield. Lukas retired the next batter to finish a gem of a Complete Game 1-Hitter over 5 innings, striking out 6 and walking 3.
Clearly a fun way to start the season, but everyone in royal blue knows there is more work to do and no time to rest. Up next, King on Thursday for the Mt. Airy home opener. Come out and support The Rocket's campaign for a City Title in 2016.
Photo by Rough Cut Photographer- Micah Henry