After what started out as a pitching duel between Captain Lukas Supovitz-Aznar and Masterman's ace Shanahan, the Rocket bats came to life in the 3rd and never looked back. Senior Aaron Watson-Sharer smashed a 2nd pitch for a Double over the Leftfielder's head to kick off a 4-run 3rd that saw every Rocket bat. In what must have felt like "Groundhog Day" for Masterman, Watson-Sharer led off the 4th with another big Double, this time to deep Center to get things started. Another four Rockets would cross the plate after a Double by Senior Leon Finney, Single by Junior Tony Brown and a 2nd Double (and 4th RBI) by Senior Supovitz-Aznar who went 3-4 at the plate and got the win on the mound striking out 6 and surrendering just 2 hits. Senior Ben Simon, who shut down Central last week only allowing 2 hits and no earned runs, continued his hot hitting with two more Singles and 2 RBIs to make it 9-0 after five.
Fire power of this sort had been an early season signature for a team most known for their shut-down pitching, which catapulted a unified squad up from C into the Top Division in the Public League over the past four seasons. After some tough losses in the middle of the year the win secured a Top 4 finish and an automatic berth into the Round of Sixteen starting on Mon, 5/22. Two rounds of playoff games will unfold on the 17th and 19th to determine their first opponent. Meanwhile, The Rockets will play St Joe's Prep in FDR Park at Ashburn Field on Tues, 5/16 to prepare for another deep run toward a City Title, AAA Championship and chance at representing the city of Philadelphia in the PIAA State tournament.