Rockets come from behind to edge Bombers

The Unity Rockets baseball team turned a potentially busy week into a productive one last Friday, scoring six runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to defeat Argenta-Oreana 7-2 in a non-conference game at Rocket Field. 

The Rockets had been scheduled for three games during the week, but postponements of contests against St. Joseph-Ogden and Olympia reduced Unity’s workload to just one game, and the Rockets snapped a three-game losing streak against the Bombers. 

“I have a lot of respect for Argenta and coach (Tom) Saunches does a really great job, and he’s been doing it for many years,” said Unity coach Tom Kimball following the game. “We’ve been lucky enough to beat them now, I think, four years in a row, and that means a lot to our program to be able to beat those guys, because they’ve got a nice program. I’m proud of the kids that stepped up there late and got some big hits when it mattered. I thought our pitching was good enough to keep the game close, so when the opportunity presented itself, we got some big hits.” 

The Rockets opened the scoring with a single run in the bottom of the second inning. 

Starting pitcher led off with a walk and gave way to courtesy runner Brady Porter, who stole second base and went to third on a wild pitch. Catcher John Flavin’s single to left field sent Porter across the plate to give Unity a 1-0 lead. 

Argenta-Oreana took the lead away from the Rockets in the top of the third. 

An error, a stolen base, a passed ball and a hit batsman put two runners on for the Bombers, and a sacrifice fly and a single drove home two runs to put A-O on top, 2-1. Both teams threatened during the middle innings, but neither side was able to score. 

Unity was finally able to break through in the bottom of the sixth. Kyle Miller led off the inning with a double to left center, and Nate Reinhart beat out a sacrifice bunt attempt. 

On the play, Miller scored on a throwing error to tie the score at 2-2, to give the Rockets runners at the corners with nobody out. Reinhart stole second base, and after Jake Crouse popped up to right for the first out, Logan Flesch singled to right center to bring home Reinhart with the go-ahead run. Two Bomber errors allowed another run to score, and a two-run single by Miller, batting for the second time in the inning, wrapped up the scoring for the Rockets.

Gallivan started on the mound for Unity and pitched four innings, giving up two unearned runs on three hits, with nine strikeouts and three walks. Miller worked the final three innings in relief and picked up his first victory in four decisions. 

Miller blanked Argenta-Oreana on one hit, striking out five and walking two. Miller also had two hits among the Rockets’ total of seven. The junior doubled, scored a run and drove in two. Flesch and Flaving also drove in runs for Unity. 

The Rockets (4-8) have three games scheduled this week, with two of them against a pair of the best teams in the area. Monday Unity will host the Monticello Sages at Rocket Field, and will follow that with a make-up of last Monday’s home game against St. Joseph-Ogden. Thursday the Rockets will visit St. Thomas More, always a tough opponent. All games will start at 4:30 p.m. The following week, Unity will play at Rantoul on Monday, then will go to Olympia on Tuesday, May 1, to make up last week’s postponement against the Spartans. On Thursday, May 3, the Rockets will go to Bloomington to play Central Catholic before returning home on Thursday, May 4, to host the Paxton-Buckley-Loda Panthers. 

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