The Rockets’ magic number is 2008.

Last night, the F-Bombs fell to earth in the quarter finals of the League Tournament, losing a back-and-forth slugfest with the top-seeded Fedsox, 12-10 (or 16-10, if you include the four runs that were scored in the last partial inning).

To get to the quarters, the Rockets first had to meet Mintz Levin in the play-in round. They took care of that chore handily, 15-12. While Mintz (who beat our Beloved Bombs in their first meeting this season) came up with three in the first and two in the second, the Bombs matched them in the first and went one better in the second. And then the fun began. After holding Mintz scoreless in the top of the third, the Rockets pushed five across in the bottom, bringing the score to 11-5. Mintz managed one in the fourth, but back came the Rockets with four more, giving them a comfortable 15-6 edge. Mintz tried to make it a game in the fifth with a six-run rally, but it wasn’t enough.

After a five-minute break to savor their victory, it was on to the Fedsox and let’s win there. And what a game it was. The Rockets could manage only one run in the first, while the Sox scored four. By the end of two it was 6-1, Fedsox. But then the Rockets took off, scoring five and tying it up in the top of the third, only to have the Sox answer with three of their own. Bloodied but unbowed, the Rockets returned fire in the top of the fourth with four more runs to take the lead, 10-9. As darkness fell on the field, the Sox managed three runs in the bottom of the fourth. In the partial fifth (called because of darkness), the Sox scored four more.

Congratulations to the Rockets/Bombs on a great season. Let’s do it again next year!!!