Rocket Baseball Comes to a Close


Jared Juenger, Co-Editor-in-Chief

The Okawville Rockets Varsity Baseball team’s season came to an end on Monday, May 16th.  Okawville traveled to Mulberry Grove for their first regional game and fell short 11-1.  The Rockets finished with a record of 2-23.  This year’s team only had two returning starting players from last year, so it’s safe to say they did not have much varsity experience going into the season.

The team had an early win at the beginning of the season against Red Bud 14-6.  The Rockets had a strong offensive game with a total of 13 hits, scoring five runs in the third and sixth innings.  

Okawville picked up the second win against Sparta 13-8.  The Rockets were down 8-0 in the third inning, but pulled through with 10 hits to come back and win the game.

Both wins were conference wins for Okawville with their conference record as 2-8. 

Okawville took the 9 seed in their sub-sectional.  Their first regional game was played against number 5 seed Mulberry Grove.  They traveled to Mulberry Grove with a rough start in the first inning, allowing 8 runs.  The Rockets managed to get 6 hits in the game but struggled to get runs in.  Mulberry Grove came out on top 11-1 to move on to play the Regional host Carlyle on Thursday, May 19th.

The Rockets say goodbye to 9 seniors this year.  This includes 7 players and 2 managers.  The players are Harrison Borrenpohl, Luke Bornemann, Dylan Clark, Evan Miller, Tyson Thompson, Levi Traub, and Cole Wiedwilt along with managers Ashton McGranahan and Wilson Welch.

This season was Coach Beau Barkau’s first season as head coach.  “They competed and worked their tails off,” stated Barkau.  “We will use this year to learn and move in the right direction.”  

It may not have been the season the team hoped for, but they had many close games and always competed the best they could.  This season had many rainouts and some games were unable to be made up.  Congratulations Rockets on a hard-fought season!