An 8-run 7th inning last week, which blew open a close pre-season game with GFS, proved the Rocket's offense could strike at any moment. On Monday, Washington, who won it all just three seasons ago, got their fair share as the Rockets kicked off the season with an Opening Day 12-2 win in 5 innings. SLA's long-awaited arrival to A-Division Baseball was a statement that all the hype of the past two seasons was as legit as it comes.
Even before Senior Lukas Supovitz-Aznar took the mound the Rocket's offense had a 3-run lead, the last 2 courtesy of a bases-loaded single by Aznar to help himself out. By the 3rd inning it was already 8-0 Rockets, as Avi Cantor, hitting Lead-Off smacked a 2-Run Double to rack up his 2nd and 3rd RBIs of the game. When all was said and done, Junior Tony Brown went 4-4 with 2 Runs scored, Aznar also went 4-4 with 4 RBIs and Senior Jason Greene continued the hot bat, going 2-2, reaching on an error and scoring 3 Runs to cap a 12-2 mercy-rule win. All of that was plenty to back up a complete game 6K, 2BB, 1 ER performance over 5 innings for Supovitz-Aznar.
Eight years ago it was said, "if we keep fighting together and just believe in one another this team will play in A-Division one day." At the time the Rockets still hadn't won a single game (0-8), and couldn't seem to get past the 3rd inning against D-Division teams. They won that 9th game 25-10, as well as the rest of their inaugural season. They've been fighting and believing ever since. And back-to-back undefeated seasons, two consecutive Division Titles, deep runs in the City playoffs and a 12-2 win on Opening Day sure gives them plenty reason to believe!
Final Box Score
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
SLA 3 1 4 0 4 12 15 1
Wash 0 0 1 0 1 2 6 4
WP- Lukas Supovitz-Aznar
5IP, 6K, 2BB, 6H, 2R, 1ER
Avi Cantor- 2-4, 2B, 2R, 3RBI
Tony Brown- 4-4, 2R, 1RBI
Lukas Supovitz-Aznar- 4-4, 2B, 1R, 4RBI
Jason Greene- 2-2, ROE, 3R
Next Up: SLA (1-0) @Franklin Towne (Thurs, 3/30 1st Pitch, 305pm)