It wasn’t the heat, it was the humidity – no, wait, it was the heat, which hovered in the triple digits as the FHH Rockets took the field at the Jeff for a doubleheader, facing the Fedsox in the first game and the Davis Wright Crabs in the second. Field conditions at game time were hothothot, and so were the Bombs.
The Sox put three across in the top of the first, but FHH answered with five of their own in the bottom. Then, in a sparkling show of defensive mastery, the Bombs held the Fedsox scoreless in four innings. Unfortunately, they played a full seven-inning game. Aggressive Fedsox offense coupled with Rocket misfires put the Bombs in a 13-5 crater at the end of four. The Rockets managed to plate one more run in the fifth, but could not find the keys to the Hit-mobile in the last two. Final score, Fedsox 13, Rockets 6.
Then came the nightcap against the Crabs, a perennial powerhouse. Showing no signs of wear and tear from the seven innings they’d already played, the Bombs grabbed a 1-0 lead after one, but the Crabs answered with one in the top of the second. After three it was 3-1 Crabs, and after the top of the fourth the lead had grown to 8-1. But the Rockets took off in the bottom of the fourth with a seven-run rally that knotted the score at eight apiece. The Bombs defense clamped down yet again in the fifth, denying the Crabs one last time. But by the bottom of the fifth, the Hit-mobile was out of gas, and the Bombs had to settle for a tie as darkness set in.
Next week the Rockets (whose record now stands at 3-4-1) face off against Dow Lohnes (1-3-1) on Wednesday, August 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the Jeff.