Rockets bounce back to beat Oldham - Boys fall to Bullitt East

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By Todd Martin

SCHS head coach Bart Roettger used every adjective he could think of to describe the Rocket baseball team's play Tuesday against Bullitt East -- "lackadaisical, listless, dead, it was almost like our guys had a hangover from prom," he said.

However, after a little post-game talking -- and running -- the Rockets came out with a fresh attitude and approach on Wednesday at Oldham County.

Bullitt East beat Shelby 7-3, but the Rockets took a hard-fought game 9-8 against the Colonels.

"Our approach at the plate was just as bad as our play in the field on Tuesday, but it looked like we got those issues figured out (by Wednesday)," Roettger said. "Because we came out and played well, fought hard and battled against Oldham County."

The Rockets held a 6-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth before Oldham exploded for six runs to take an 8-6 lead.

"At the top of the seventh we had a little heart-to-heart and the guys responded beautifully," Roettger said. "They didn't allow the momentum to switch."

Tyler Layton led off the top of the seventh with a walk, but two straight strikeouts followed.

With two outs, Jon Collins took first after being hit by a pitch and Clay Minor followed with a two-out, two-strike double to score Layton and keep the inning alive.

"That was a huge hit because we were basically down to our last pitch," Roettger said.

Collins then came in to score on an Oldham wild pitch tying the game at 8, and Eric Standafer followed with a walk to put runners on first and third and bring Jacob Livers to the plate.

"Jacob had already struck out three times in the game, but he came through huge when we needed him to," Roettger said.

Livers hit a line shot to score the go-ahead run for the Rockets.

Nolan Mills, who came in to pitch in the sixth during Oldham's run, then forced the Colonels down in order to end the game.

"It was a very heated, very intense game," Roettger said. "I was really proud of the way our guys responded to Oldham's late surge. They never panicked and just got the job done. Several guys stepped up big for us throughout the game and, especially in the seventh."

The Rockets are now 14-9 on the season and a perfect 5-0 against region teams. Roettger said the team's goal at the beginning of the season was to win 20 regular season games, and that goal is still very much within reach. The Rockets have 10 regular season games remaining.