Alabama Rockets 13U: Welcome

Sunday, August 28
Rockets Announcement

First,I want to thank everyone that has been a part of the Rockets family for the past 5 years.This includes parents,players,friends,and fans all across the Country.I hope that we have represented you well in everything we have done,both on and off the field.
With this being said,The Alabama Rockets will not compete as a team any more.This brings deep sadness,but also tremendous happiness for all these young men as they grow older.Because of the geographics of our players being from 5 states,it is impossible for us to continue as a team,because most High School coaches want their players playing locally.
The Rockets competed starting out in 2001 as a 9 year old team playing mostly 10 year old teams because there were very few 9 year old teams and will close out as a 13 year old team.During this 5 years,the Rockets record was 301-74.During this time the Rockets won 2 State Championships,2 Fall National World Series Championships,finished 1st in USSSA points 2 years,1 USSSA Major World Series Championship,2 Final 4 appearances in the USSSA Major World Series,1 NABF World Series Championship,won the prestigious Smoky Mountain Shootout 3 out of 4 times,won 2 Super USSSA NITs,1 in Detroit,Michigan and the other in Charlotte,North Carolina,and won many other tournaments that are to numerous to list.I feel our on the field accomplishments speak for themselves.What I am most proud of is our part in literally thousands of teams across the Country implementing prayer as a vital part of the overall game.We always prayed before every game and always after every game at the mound with the opposing team.Every Sunday we had a mandatory team devotional that all players were REQUIRED to attend.In the event they did not attend,they were not allowed to play on Sunday.We never had 1 player miss in 5 years.
For all our fans across the Country I want to personally say THANK YOU.Since our website has been in existence these past 5 years,we have had almost 40,000 hits.This is overwhelming that so many people followed the Alabama Rockets.For all the teams,coaches,parents,and players that we have competed against,I also want to say THANK YOU.You guys were all wonderful and I have thousands of friends across the Country because of baseball.What a blessing.I would love to mention everyone of you,but that would be impossible.A special thank you to all the coaches across the Country.I consider all of you guys as great friends and you all treated me wonderful and professionally.
As we close out this chapter in our lives,we would love to hear from you,either through the message board on our website or you can email me at
A last Thank You to all the parents,coaches,and players that played for the Rockets and made it what it was.Thank You!

God Bless,
Joe Bob Whitt

Centerfield (Let's Go!)

Alabama Rockets 13u Schedule

March 11-13    Tuscaloosa,Ala.       4-0 1st Place
March 18-20    Chattanooga,Tn.       3-1 1st place
March 25-27    Off Easter
April 1-4       Atlanta, Ga. Super Nit Qualifier for Disney    1-1 13th place
April 8-10      Charlotte,N.C. Super NIT Qualifier for Disney    5-1 1st Place
April 15-18    East Cobb,Ga.         6-0 1st Place
April 22-25    Off
April 29-May 1 Chattanooga,Tn.      2-1 round robin
May 6-8         East Cobb,Ga.       6-0 1st place
May 13-15       Huntsville,Ala. Super Nit Qualifier for Disney    4-1 3rd place
May 20-22       Off
May 27-30       Atlanta,Ga. Cherokee Reds Tournament 2-2 tied for 3rd
June 3-5       Chattanooga,Tn.      4-0 1st place
June 10-12      Chattanooga,Tn.      Cancelled Rain
June 16-19      Pigeon Forge,Tn.    7-0 1st place
June 24-27      Off
July 3-8       Southaven,Miss. NABF World Series    8-0 World Champions   
July 15-17      To Be Decided
July 23-27      Practice in Huntsville for Disney
July 31-August7 Orlando,Fl. Elite 24 World Series Disney World 2-2 tied for 16th

Rockets Win Streak Ends at 21

Rockets give up 6 unearned runs enroute to a 6-3 loss.The Rockets now have to win 7 straight games to win the 2005 World Series.Stay tuned.

Rockets Win Both Games In Pool Play As Win Streak Climbs To 21

The Rockets beat 2 great teams ,Chino Hills and Carolina Cobras, to go undefeated in pool play.The Rockets have now won an incredible 21 games in a row.Games times for tomorrow will be posted on our website as soon as they are announced.Stay tuned as the Rockets go for the Gold. Website for World Series http://


The Alabama Rockets go 8-0 to win the NABF World Series.The Rockets outscored their opponents 80-14 in capturing the Championship.What a great week of baseball,as the Rockets finished in grand style by beating one of the best teams in the Country,The Mississippi Bandits 8-2 in the Champiopnship game.More details to follow.

Sunday, March 13
Rockets Capture First Tournament Of 2005 Year

The Rockets opened the 2005 season by outcoring the opponents 37-6 to capture the first tournament of the year.Pitching was outstanding, with Coty Blanchard,Derrick Workman,Jared Brinson,Chase Reeves,Cody Crouch,Josh Carpenter,and Casey Whitt all pitching this weekend.Josh Carpenter went yard on a 285 foot fence and Derrick Workman hit a grand slam that was over 320 feet.Each Rocket had at least 3 hits this weekend.What a great start to the 2005 season.

Rockets Win Border War Tournament

Border War Champs 2005
The Alabama Rockets came back from a 6-0 deficit to beat the Chattanooga Chiefs in the chanpionship game of the Border Wars Tournament 8-6.Casey Whitt had a rbi single to plate Gred Bowder with the 1st run in the 4th inning,Jared Brinson followed with a single, and Nick Tanielu had a 2 rbi single to cut the deficit to 6-3.Workman hit his homer in the 5th followed by a triple by Chase Reeves who later scored on a wild pitch to tie the game.Then Greg Bowder got a 2 out walk,Whitt got a single, and Brinson plated both with a 2 out single for the Rockets first lead.Coty Blanchard pitched 3 great innings in relief, and Chase Reeves came in to close the game and stuck out 5 in 3 innings.Evan Brooks,Casey Whitt,Jared Brinson,Greg Bowder, and Josh Carpenter all had 2 hits and Cody Crouch had a great game behind the plate,a total team effort.A great comeback against a very outstanding and well coached team.The Rockets had 14 hits for the game.Congratulations, 2 in a row.

Rockets Lose out in Super NIT

The Rockets had a terrible weekend that ended in a 10-3 loss to the East Cobb Dodgers.Because of bad weather, all games on Friday night were cancelled.After staying at the park for 5 hours waiting to play, the Aiken Fangs forfeited the 2nd game of pool play..This left the Rockets with 1 game to actually play in pool play which began at 10:40p.m.Even though the pitching distance for this tournament was 54ft, the game was played from a 60ft mound.With all this being said, the Rockets were soundly outplayed by the East Cobb Dodgers in a game that the Rockets issued 10 walks and made 8 errors.

Rockets Win Super NIT Going To Disney

North Carolina Super NIT Champs 2005
The Alabama Rockets qualified for Disney this weekend by winning the Super NIT in Charlotte, North Carolina.The Rockets went 2-1 in pool play.Josh Carpenter threw a no hitter in the first game victory and the Rockets pounded out 14 hits in the 3rd game of pool play.The Rockets played 3 straight back to back to back games to capture the championship on Sunday.Cody Crouch pitched a complete game ,striking out 10 and Derrick Workman went yard to lead the win in game 1.Chase Reeves and Derrick Workman combined for a shutout in game 2 on Sunday.Logan Thomas led the hit parade for the Rockets with 2 singles and a double.The Rockets fell behind 2-1 after 1 inning of the championship game.The Rockets finally took the lead in the 4th inning.Workman and Reeves led off the inning with singles.After a fly out, Cody Crouch had a 1 out single that tied the game.Casey Whitt followed with a single to give the Rockets the lead.With 2 outs in the top of the 7th,the Wildcats had a 2 out single to tie the game.Neither team scored in the 8th or 9th.Jared Brinson led off the bottom of the 10th with a single.After a sacrifice by Nick Tanielu that put Brinson in scoring position,Coty Blanchard had a 2 out single to win the game and a trip to Disney.Logan Thomas pitched 7 great innings with 9ks and Chase Reeves pitched the final 3 with 4ks.What a weekend!Congratulations Rockets on a great weekend of baseball.

The Alabama Rockets at the trophy ceremony

Rockets Have An Explosion To Win East Cobb Qualifier

East Cobb 2005=Rockets Stadium
The Rockets pounded out 78 hits and scored 81 runs on the way to winning the Championship of the East Cobb USSSA Qualifier.The Rockets scored in double figures every game against some of the best teams in the country.The first 2 games lasted only 3 innings each as the Rockets scored 17 runs both games while only batting in 2 innings each.The Rockets continued their hot hitting by slamming the East Cobb Dodgers 12-2 in a game that revenged an earlier loss to the Dodgers.The Rockets scored 11 runs while beating a very good Cherokee Reds team to close out pool play 4-0.In the semis the Rockets struggled, but managed to survive the Sandy Plains Wildcats 11-9.The Championship game was close until the 5th inning when Chase Reeves went yard for a grand slam to break the game open.The Rockets had 3 players injured during the Championship game, but each player raised their level of play in the best game of the year for the Rockets.The Rockets turned 2 double plays, had 13 hits including a grand slam,and Coty Blanchard pitched 4 great innings in relief.
Chase Reeves and Greg Bowder each had 2 homeruns and Derrick Workman had 1 over the weekend while playing in tremendous pain with a hurt back.Casey Whitt,Jared Brinson,Evan Brooks,Josh Carpenter,Greg Bowder,and Nick Tanielu all had their best weekends of the year at the plate.Chase Reeves,Coty Blanchard,Derrick Workman, and Cody Crouch all had their normal great weekends.The Rockets beat the 2 best teams from East Cobb by a combined score of 24-6.What a great accomplishment against 2 of the top teams in the country.Congratulations to Chase Reeves for being named tournament MVP.

Crouch Ks 13 on 1 hitter

The Rockets finished a 3 game weekend in grand style.Cody Crouch threw a 1 hitter and struck out 13 to lead the Rockets to a 7-0 victory over the Chattanooga Chiefs.Coty Blanchard led the Rocket attack with 3 hits while Crouch had 2.This is a new Rocket strikeout record for 1 game.Congratulations Cody Crouch on an unreal performance.
The Rockets beat the Franklin Storm 6-4 in the 1st game of the round robin play and lost to the Knoxville Yard 6-5 in extra innings.The Rockets and Storm both finished 2-1 in the 1 day event.A great thank you to the Chattanooga Chiefs,Randy Reed, and Mr. Potter for hosting these games at their absolutely beautiful complex.

Bombs Away As Rockets Win East Cobb USSSA Qualifier

AL Rockets at Rockets Stadium East Cobb
The Rockets Score 62 runs and hit 7 homeruns to win their 6th tournament of the year.Jared Brinson hit his first homerun of his career, a 275ft mash.Evan Brooks and Chase Reeves each had 1 and the Atlanta duo,Greg Bowder and Derrick Workman each had 2.Workman led the team with 10 hits this weekend and was named MVP.Congratulations Derrick.Nick Tanielu followed with 8 hits and Evan Brooks had 6.The Rockets continue their torrid hitting pace, scoring an average of 10 runs per game in beating some of the top teams in the South.

Pitching Mount Meeting

Rockets Finish 3rd in Super NIT

After being seeded #1 after pool play,the Rockets lost in the semis to Team Mizuno.The Rockets went 2-0 in pool play by outscoring their opponents 18-1.The dominance continued in the elimination round as the Rockets outscored their opponents 17-2 in 2 wins.But as baseball goes,after playing basically error free for the last 20 games,the Rockets had 8 errors and issued 6 walks in losing to the #2 ranked team in the country by the score of 10-7.Derick Workman had 2 homeruns and Chase Reeves pitched 4 innings of shutout ball to lead the Rockets in a losing cause.Congratulations go out to Team Mizuno and the Mississippi Bandits for earning a trip to Disney for the World Series.Two very outstanding and well coached teams.

Rockets Lose Out In Atlanta

The Rockets went 2-2 in Cherokee Reds tournament to finish tied for 3rd place.After losing the 1st game of pool play 3-2 to Knoxville Thunder, the Rockets rallied to beat the Atlanta Bulls 8-7 and then beat Sandy Plains 6-0 to advance to the semifinals.The Rockets were pounded by the East Cobb Astros 11-1 in a game where the Astros clearly outplayed the Rockets.Even though the Rockets had won the 2 previous games against East Cobb,this game turned bad quick with Chase Butler hitting a grand slam in the 2nd inning to put the Astros ahead 7-1.The lone bright spots for the Rockets during the weekend were Spencer Palmers 5 innings of shutout pitching and Cody Crouch hit his 1st homerun as a Rocket.

Tuesday, June 21
Rockets Win Smokey Mountain Shootout

The Alabama Rockets had one of their best weekends ever in winning the Smokey Mountain Shootout in Pigeon Forge,Tennessee.This is their 3rd win in the last 4 years in this tournament.What a weekend!The Rockets beat 3 Disney qualified teams plus several other good teams.The Rockets went 3-0 to be seeded #1 after pool play.In the Championship round,the Rockets won 4 games in a row to win the Championship.The last 2 wins were against Germantown in the semis,which Coty Crouch threw a complete game shutout as the Rockets won 3-0.The Rockets beat Mac-N-Seitz 9-0 in the Championship game, as Chase Reeves pitched a complete game shutout.Mac-N-Seitz made the Final Four in Disney last year.Derrick Workman Set A Rocket record by hitting 3 homeruns in 3 at bats in 1 game.All of the Rockets were a major part of the Championship and as always,a team victory.

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