Robinson returns to top of Rivals Classic

Tigers open season with 5-1 mark


Rockdale sophomore Kacey Waxler logged a pair of wins in the Bell Rivals Classic. 
Reporter/Bill Martin Rockdale sophomore Kacey Waxler logged a pair of wins in the Bell Rivals Classic. Reporter/Bill Martin The Robinson Rockets have returned to their rightful place.

The Rockets have captured five of the seven Rivals Classic and bumped off last season’s champ Salado to grab the first place trophy again this weekend after posting five wins.

No. 9 Bridge City was third.

Robinson’s Zac Law was named the most valuable player.

Clayton Gibbs and Derek Whitsel of Rockdale were named to the all-tournament squad.

The Tigers went 4-1 in the tournament which signaled the opening of the 2014 season and placed fifth.

Their only loss came at the hands of Salado— ranked No. 5 in Class 2A.

“I thought we played very well,” said first-year Rockdale Coach Ronnie Jonse. “Going into the tournament we didn’t know how deep we were in our pitching rotation, but coming out of the tournament we had six guys who got on the mound and did a great job throwing strikes.

“Derek Whitsel threw a great game against number nine Bridge City. That win gave us a big confidence boost that propelled us through the weekend.

“The top of the order (Whitsel, Clayton Gibbs, Austin Caffey and Preston Ehler) really hit well all tournament. All four hit over .400 for the tournament.”

Rockdale 1, Giddings 0

Hayden Offield drove in the game-winning run with a hit in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Sophomore Kacey Waxler (1-0) logged the win.

Rockdale 11 Mexia 1

Gibbs went 3-for-3, Whitsel 2-for-3, Austin Caffey 2-for-3 and Waxler 2-for-2 in the run-rule victory.

Gibbs (1-0) also picked up the win.

Salado 10, Rockdale 0

Hayden Offield (0-1) absorbed the loss. Rockdale 12, Connally 2

Gibbs went 3-f0r-3, Caffey 2-for-3 and Whitsel 2-for-3 to lead the Tigers to another run-rule win.

Waxler won his second game of the tournament. Rockdale 8, Bridge City 4

Preston Ehler went 3-for- 3, Caffey 2-for—4 and Whitsel 2-for-3 in the victory over the No. 9 team in the state.

Whitsel (1-0) was the winner .

Monday night

The Tigers continued their double-digit scoring with an 11-1 victory over Franklin Monday night at Tiger Field.

Rockdale rapped out 12 hits, with Offield (RBI), Whitsel, Ehler and Nic Vreeland (double, RBI) accounting for two hits apiece.

Ehler drove home four runs with a double and also picked up his first win of the season with four innings of work.

Three Rockdale pitchers allowed just three hits.

“We are still looking for a couple more pieces,” Jonse said, “and the next two tournaments will allow us to move some guys around to find the best fit for our ball club. We are very excited for the challenge’s in front of us and look to continue to improve each week.”


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