Last night, both the AA and AAA Rockies teams faced elimination from playoffs.
The AA’s finished 5th in the league and had to play a sudden death play-in game – the winner moved to the playoffs, the loser’s season would be cut short.
We started out very well, scoring 6 runs in 2 innings and chasing two Dodger pitchers from the mound. We were not able to do the same to the third pitcher, the Dodgers ace. We ended up falling 17-7 in 5 innings, not the way that we wanted to end the season. We are a young team and on our way up, of that, I am sure.
The AAA’s had to play the end of a game against the Angels to start Friday evening. The game resumed, tied in the top of the 8th, with the Rockies at bat, with two outs. We were able to pull off a win. In a must win game, the Angels came out ahead and finished the regular season in 4th place, eliminating the Rockies who fell to 5th, out of the playoffs.
Both teams have bright futures with excellent draft picks in the 20165 draft. I am sure that February will be here before we know it.
For now, we have our year end party to look forward to and we have several players playing on the travel clubs who have Regional tournaments coming up. There is also Fall Ball starting in late August and winter training which a lot of players participate in.
The coaches will meet in the next week or so and go over the season, the players, who’s returning, who’s not and what we need to do in next years draft and what we need to focus on for next years indoor training.
I am in a much better position to commit to the 2016 season than I was at the end of last season. For some reason, although the teams played better than we did this year, I did not enjoy myself. It was a chore going to practices and games – this year, despite some ups and downs and some team issues (that we were able to deal with), I had a lot of fun. It was a good group of players, on both teams, great coaches to work with and a supportive group of parents.
All in all, I would call the year a success. Good things on the horizon for the Rockies Baseball Club.