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by Steve Batko | Correspondent
What Streetsboro head baseball coach Chris Scisciani would do for a stroke of luck for his squad. The Rockets lost an eight-inning battle to close the postseason in the Akron Canal Park Division II sectional tournament.
In first-round action May 13 against Revere, the eighth-seeded Rockets lost a 7-6 decision in Richfield.
The Minutemen scored the winning run with two outs in the eighth.
Eddie Schwertner doubled to score Drew Lewis, who was on first base.
The walk-off game winner was to deep left field.
With the loss and a 4-1 setback to Portage Trail Conference County Division rival Woodridge May 17 in Peninsula, Streetsboro fell to 9-11 overall and 6-3 in the County Division.
"It was well-hit [Schwertner's game-winner] and it seems like we are losing the close ones all season long," Scisciani said. "I thought both of our pitchers did well for us and it was a heartbreaking loss."
With the loss at Woodridge, Streetsboro fell to 6-3 in the Portage Trail Conference County Division.
Against Revere, the Rockets committed three errors despite outhitting the Minutemen 14-11.
Those three errors were responsible for four unearned runs.
"Defense hurt us, but our kids battled back to tie the game The guys never gave up," Scisciani said.
Junior Ricky Delambo had four singles and one run batted in. He was the losing pitcher in relief in the seventh inning, of senior starter Gage Simpkins.
"I thought Gage pitched really well and Ricky threw good," Scisciani said. "We just couldn't get the big hit when we needed it."
Streetsboro showed resilience after being down 6-0 in the top of the third.
The Rockets cut it to 6-1 with a tally in the third, while three more runs in the top of the fifth cut it to 6-4. Streetsboro pushed across two runs to make it 6-6 in the top of the seventh.
A critical moment came in the sixth when the Rockets had several golden opportunities to score and came up empty. Streetsboro had runners at second and third with no outs and then the bases loaded and one out.
"We hit the ball well," said Scisciani. "We just didn't come up with one there and we should have."
Lewis was the winning hurler in relief for Revere. Lewis (1-4) had three hits, including a double, and two RBIs.
Sophomore Bobby Dixon had a big offensive day for the Rockets. Dixon had two singles, a double and one RBI.
"Delambo and Dixon both had big games offensively and Dixon has been swinging the bat well, and coming on," Scisciani said.
Senior Alex Bison added two singles and two RBIs for the Rockets.
Against Woodridge (24-3, 11-0), senior Austin Szemacs scattered seven hits over seven innings of work. He never gave up more than one run in an inning.
The Rockets played errorless baseball and managed just three hits.
"Austin pitched very well for us and our defense came through," Scisciani said. "Szemacs threw well against a very good Woodridge offense."
Streetsboro earned an 8-0 victory over Firestone May 16 in Akron. Delambo pitched a complete-game two-hitter. Szemacs and Austin Ritts finished with two RBIs for the Rockets.
Streetsboro was scheduled to host County Division rivals Woodridge May 19 and James A. Garfield May 20. The Rockets are set to conclude their season with a home date against Waterloo May 22 at 4:15 p.m.