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On at least two occasions Saturday afternoon, the Unity Rockets were one out away from winning their first regional baseball championship since 1993.
As with most teams in the area recently, the rains have had an effect on high school sports, especially baseball and softball, and the Unity Rockets have not been immune to the problem. The Rockets have had to juggle the schedule quite a bit, canceling nonconference games in order to make up conference contests. Last week, Unity took their third stab at playing Okaw Valley Conference foe St.
The Unity High School baseball program will host a Spring Baseball Camp on Saturday and Sunday, April 23 and 24, at Rocket Field on the campus of Unity High School. The camp will be held from 10 a.m. until noon on Saturday, April 23, and from 1 until 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 24.
The Unity Rockets baseball team was busy last week, playing five games, including three during a weekend road trip to the southern part of the state. The Rockets began the week on Monday afternoon with an 11-0, six-inning victory over St. Teresa in Decatur. The next day, Unity opened Okaw Valley Conference play at home against Maroa-Forsyth.
The Unity Rockets baseball team returned to the friendly confines of the state of Illinois after its spring trip to Tennessee, and although a pair of games were called off because of the weather, the Rockets won all three contests they were able to get in, defeating Fisher 4-0 and taking a pair from the Marshall Lions by scores of 9-1 and 12-1.
The Unity Rockets baseball team headed to Chattanooga, Tenn., last week for four games during their spring trip. The Rockets played some larger schools during their sojourn to Dixie but came away with a 1-2-1 record. Unity started the week by playing host to the Westville Tigers at Rocket Field and won their fourth consecutive by a score of 11-1.
The Unity High School baseball team was able to play all three of its games scheduled for last week, almost an accomplishment by itself.
Better yet for coach Tom Kimball and his Rockets was the fact that Unity won all three games, defeating Tri-Valley 16-8, Salt Fork 7-5, and Leroy 3-0 to get off to a 3-0 start for the 2016 season.
Late 2016 spring/summer sign-ups for Philo youth baseball and softball will be accepted until Sunday, March 6.
The forms can be found at http://philosports.com. Forms can be dropped off at a board member's house or mailed to Philo Ball Park Association, P.O. Box 121, Philo. No late fee apply if done by that date.
The Unity Rockets baseball program had four players named to postseason honor squads recently. Senior Robby Crouse was selected to the Second Team on the News-Gazette’s All-Area team, while junior Zach Gadbury and sophomores Bobby Barnard and Zach Spencer were picked to receive Honorable Mention.
The quartet was also selected to the Okaw Valley Conference’s All-Conference team.
The Unity Rockets’ baseball team had a notable 2015 season in two ways. First, the Rockets started the campaign with 13 consecutive victories before losing to Carterville at Carbondale on April 11. Secondly, Unity’s 25 wins during the season was the second-highest victory total in school history.
Read the full story in the June 18 issue of The County Star.