Baseball

Twin bill sweep snaps Rockets’ losing streak

Sometimes, a doubleheader sweep will go a long way to cheer up a baseball team that’s in the midst of a losing streak. Unity head baseball coach Tom Kimball certainly hopes that is the case for his Rockets after they swept a twin bill at Hoopeston Area Saturday. The Rockets hadn’t won since defeating Carbondale the previous Saturday as part of a two-game set at Southern Illinois University.


Rockets outscore opponents 43-3 during 6-0 beginning

The Unity High School baseball team has compiled a 6-0 record during the first two weeks of the 2015 season. The Rockets won all five of their contests the first week, posting victories over Downs TriValley, Salt Fork, LeRoy, Iroquois West and Dwight. Unity had only two games scheduled the second week, and one of those was called off because of the weather.


Rocket baseball to rely on pitching, defense, ‘creative’ offense

After waiting for the snow to melt, the Unity High School baseball team has finally been able to get on the field to start its 2015 season. Coach Tom Kimball’s Rockets hope to improve on a 21-12 record in 2014, against a tough schedule and a revamped Okaw Valley Conference.
Kimball welcomed three seniors when practice began early this month.


Spikes Red win 6 of 7 to finish season 21-9-2

The Central State Spikes Red 16-and-under baseball team closed its 2014 season on a high note, winning six of its final seven games to end the summer campaign with a record of 21 victories, nine losses and a pair of ties. The recent hot streak snapped a four-game losing streak suffered by the Spikes over the July 4 weekend.


Central State Spikes to hold tryouts Sunday

The Central State Spikes baseball program will hold tryouts for all age groups for the 2015 season this Sunday, Aug. 3, at the Unity High School baseball field. Tryouts for the 10U, 11U and 12U teams will be held from noon until 1:30 p.m. Tryouts for the 13U and 14U squads will be held from 1:45 until 3:15 p.m.

Read the full story in the July 31 issue of The County Star.


Unity finishes with 1-2 mark in 9-/10-year-old District tourney play

The Unity 9- and 10-year-old All-Star team ended its tournament season with a 1-2 record at the Little League Baseball District 2 Tournament held in Champaign. Unity’s first-round opponent, Champaign West, used a six-run second inning to power their way to a 12-3 win on Monday, July 7. Two days later, Unity prevailed in a 15-12 slugfest over Champaign East Blue in a loser’s bracket game.


Unity 11- and 12-year-olds go 2-2 at district tourney

The Unity 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars were eliminated from Little League District Tournament play on Wednesday, July 9, when they were defeated by Champaign East 13-3 in Champaign.
The Unity All-Stars finished the double-elimination tournament with a record of 2-2, picking up victories over Villa Grove and St. Joseph in between losses to Champaign East.


Spikes 16U Red drops three in Springfield tourney

After sweeping through the Gold Rings Nationals tournament in O’Fallon, Ill., the final weekend of June, the Central State Spikes 16-and-under Red team was bound to come back to earth, and they did.


11-/12-year-old All-Stars still alive at district tournament

The Unity 11- and 12-year-old All-Stars got off to a shaky start at the Little League District 2 Tournament in Champaign last week but have bounced back with two victories in the loser’s bracket and still have a shot to make it to the championship round.


Spikes 16U Red team sweeps Gold Ring Nationals

The Central State Spikes Red 16-and-under baseball team dominated its opposition during the weekend of June 28 and 29 at the Gold Rings Nationals tournament, held in the St. Louis Metro East Area. The Spikes won all four of their games over teams from Peoria and the St. Louis area by a combined score of 37-6. In three of their four games, the Spikes sent 10 or more runs across the plate.


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