The Gahanna Rockets are off to one of their best starts and hope to continue that pace through the rest of the summer.

The Gahanna Rockets are off to one of their best starts and hope to continue that pace through the rest of the summer.

Gahanna was 13-2 before last Wednesday's game against Westerville.

"The pitching has been pretty good so far," coach Ed Weston said. "Hitting-wise, we're getting there, but the key so far has been pitching."

Darren Athey (Mount Vernon Nazarene), Alex Borgan (Ohio Dominican), Justin Brown (Mount Vernon Nazarene), Jeremy Finchum (Ready), Casey Mast (Olivet Nazarene), Mitch Myers (Indiana), Tyler Shapaka (Marietta) and Todd Spadaro (Muskingum) are pitchers for the Rockets. Simon Davis (Notre Dame College), Andy Podolak (Bluefield College), Elijah Smurthwaite (Olivet Nazarene) and Pat Stone (John Carroll) also pitch, in addition to playing other positions.

Other infielders includeDavid Kennett (Thomas Moore), Tim Pitro (Defiance) and Brad Thomas (Urbana). Rounding out the roster are outfielders Quentin Everman (Shawnee State), Chaz Gibson (Mount Vernon Nazarene), Christian Gomes (Mount Vernon Nazarene) and Pat Ross (Notre Dame College), and catchers Tim Heinmiller (Ohio Wesleyan) and Jordan Martin (Heidelberg).

Weston, who is flanked by assistants Harry Caruso and Rick Stone, maintains the same strategy this season as he has in the past.

"Everybody plays, and everybody has a good time," Weston said. "We've got five outfielders and five infielders, and they all can't play at the same time."

Gahanna is competing in a new league this year. The Rockets play in the Ohio Independent Collegiate Baseball League after spending last season in the Tri-State Collegiate League. Both are wood-bat leagues, but there was some shuffling around of teams in the Tri-State Collegiate League. Weston felt there was more stability in the Ohio Independent Collegiate Baseball League in addition to less travel.

Other teams in the league include the Chillicothe Capitals, the Columbus Hawks, the Columbus Braves and the Worthington Warthogs. The Ohio Bandits started the season in the OICBL but have since left.

On June 24, the Rockets dropped their second game, losing 6-5 to the Hawks. Gahanna had a 5-1 lead, but the Hawks rallied in the seventh and eighth innings. Gahanna had runners in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth, but an Everman groundout ended the threat.

"I think we've been playing pretty well except for a couple of innings (against the Hawks)," Smuthwaite said. "I think we can play even better than we have before because we haven't really put everything together yet."

The Rockets rebounded from their loss to the Hawks, sweeping the Warthogs in a doubleheader last Sunday, 9-0 and 7-1. Those wins moved Gahanna's record to 13-2. But Weston isn't ready to proclaim his team as championship-caliber just yet.

"There's no way to predict what will happen. We could blow up tomorrow," Weston said. "This is one of our best starts, but you just don't know what's going to happen in the next 10 games."

Gahanna plays in the Chillicothe six-team tournament Friday through Sunday. The Rockets return to league play against the Columbus Braves on Tuesday at Northland High School. The OICBL League Tournament is July 24-25 with the location still to be determined.