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A Texas high school senior with connections to the local area has signed a National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at Texas Christian University in Fort Worth on a baseball scholarship. Drew Gooch, a left-handed pitcher at Argyle High School in Argyle, Texas, signed his letter to attend TCU last Wednesday in a ceremony at Argyle High.
Tryouts for the Midstate Madness for 2014 will be held at Hartman Park in Pesotum.
All girls between the ages of 10 and 12 should arrive 30 minutes prior to tryouts to warm up on the field and check in with coaches. The group tryout will run from 10 a.m. to noon. Coaches will look at batting, fielding, softball IQ and hustle in each girl who is striving to make the 11-player roster.
The Central State Spikes 13-and-under baseball team recently concluded its summer campaign by winning the Illini Central Conference tournament championship in Charleston.
The tournament title capped off a 26-14 season for the Spikes, a Pesotum-based travel baseball squad made up of players from Champaign, Villa Grove and Tuscola in addition to the Unity school district.
The Philo Dragons coach-pitch team sponsored by Progressive Propane finished in third place last week in the tournament. The team finished with a record of 10-6 and were the No. 5 seed in the tournament.
The Unity 11- and 12-year-old all-star baseball team lost its first two games in the Little League District 2 tournament, held at Tuscola. The losses gave Unity a 0-2 record in pool play and eliminated it from the double-elimination bracket play segment that will determine the district champion.
Although his first Unity High School baseball team finished the season with a 19-11 overall record, and a 7-4 conference mark good for fifth place in the Okaw Valley Conference, head coach Tom Kimball would probably say that the Rockets could have been even better than they were. And he would be right because the Rockets played some very good baseball against some very good teams.
The Okaw Valley Conference recognized five Unity High School student athletes recently for their performance during the 2013 baseball and softball seasons.
In softball, sophomore pitcher McKenzie Krutsinger was named to the second team all-Okaw Valley squad. The righthander excelled in both pitching and hitting for the Rockets.
Continuing with their weather-enforced, weekends-only schedule, the Unity High School baseball team hosted the Marshall Lions in a non-conference double header Saturday at Rocket Field. The Rockets stretched their season-opening win streak to six games with an 8-6 victory in the first game of the twin bill, but Marshall salvaged the split by taking the nightcap by a score of 10-7.
Please forgive Unity baseball coach Tom Kimball if he wants to only play games on the weekends. Over the first two weeks of the season, Kimball’s Rockets have had three weekday games called off because of the cold and/or bad weather. Schedule a game on a Friday or a Saturday, though, and the Rockets are perfect.