Baseball season blastoff

Rocket Sophomore Cole Culver took to the mound to pitch the final inning during Wednesday’s game against Cambridge Springs. The Rockets beat the Blue Devils, 6-5.

The first game of the Titusville Rocket’s baseball team’s season was a thriller, ending in a 6-5 defeat of the Cambridge Springs Blue Devils, on the home field.

For the first three innings of the games, it looked as though both teams were getting warmed up, taking their time to get used to the feeling of playing outside rather than practicing in a gym.

Both teams struggled to get runners on the bags for the first two innings, but by the bottom of the third, Titusville managed to load the bases.

After getting their first out of the inning, a ball smacked to the ground by senior Logan Nosko brought two runners home, and a few plays later, another grounder brought Nosko home, upping the score to 3-0, and giving the Brown and Gold the advantage.

The Rockets would score again in the bottom of the fourth, giving them a 4-0 lead over their opponents with only three innings remaining.

While the Blue Devils struggled to load the bases and get runners on the bags, it seemed like the Rockets had this victory sealed.

Cambridge Springs, however, would not make victory so easy for the home team.

During the top of the fifth inning, Cambridge managed to score their first run, bringing the score to 4-1.

This single run started a rally, leading to a Blue Devil score in the top of the sixth, making the tally 4-2, Rockets.

Cambridge Springs would shut the Rockets out of the bottom of the sixth and then go on to score three more runs in the top of the seventh, giving them a 5-4 lead over the Rockets.

At the top of the Rockets’ batting order, senior Jacob Foltz got himself a place on first base, and when James Johnson cracked a hit out between center and right field, he managed to round first base and head to second, while Foltz found himself on third.

Senior Stephen Hollobaugh got himself on first, loading the bases for Nosko, who managed to bring Foltz home with a ground hit, tying the game at 5-5.

With the next swing of the bat, Johnson was able to make his way to the home plate, officially ending the first game of the season with a 6-5 victory for the Rockets.

“We did okay. First time out, game wise, we played well. We got the rust off of us from being inside for three or four weeks,” said head coach Mike Hlad. “I thought we hit the ball well. We need to work on a little bit of defense, but like I said, we haven’t been outside to do that kind of stuff yet. The boys, overall, played well.”

In terms of hitting the ball, Hlad praised Nosko, Ryan Sines, and Johnson, who each performed well at the plate during Wednesday’s game.

Additionally, Hlad said Foltz not only did well at the plate, but well on the mound, as well.

“We have a game [today], so there’s no working on anything, we just go right out to another game,” Hlad said.

The Rockets will face the Oil City Oilers, today, at 4 p.m., at the Ed Myer Complex.

Dodd can be reached by email, at ndodd@titusvilleherald.com.

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