The temperature on the field was in the mid-90s, the average age of the other team appeared to be in the mid-20s, and a number of the Rockets had seen their best on-field years back in the mid-80s. The signs were not good as the FHH Bombs took the field last night at the Jeff to face the Media Bureau.
But in a game that had to be seen to be believed, the Rockets shook off Media’s shock-and-awe first inning performance (reaching the nine-run maximum), clamped down on defense, and eventually found their hitting shoes. Despite creaky wheels and leaky gloves which plagued them in the early innings, the Bombs made it an incredibly exciting game.
At the end of the first, Media was (were?) up, 9-2. The gap widened to 13-2 in the second, but then the Bombs started ticking. By the end of four it was 17-11 Media, but six Rockets tallies in the top of the fifth tied the game. Media put four across in the bottom of the fifth and two in the sixth, giving them a six-run lead heading into the last. The Bombs scored three times and, with two runners on, had the tying run at the plate when their luck ran out.
The Rockets’ record is now 3-3.
Next week on Wednesday, August 8, they play a doubleheader at the Jeff, facing the Fedsox in the first game at 6:00 and then David Wright (formerly the Crabs) in the back end.