The season may be ending for the Gahanna Rockets, but it's been a great summer of baseball. This season has been one of the best for Gahanna under coach Ed Weston. The Rockets have played well in every facet of the game.

The season may be ending for the Gahanna Rockets, but it's been a great summer of baseball. This season has been one of the best for Gahanna under coach Ed Weston. The Rockets have played well in every facet of the game.

"This team, the chemistry is excellent. The guys play well together and adjust well together," Weston said. "They hit well, they make minimal errors and they're all good defensively. I think we could probably be competitive against a lot of (NCAA) Division III or NAIA teams."

The Rockets played in the Ohio Independent Collegiate Baseball League championship game last Tuesday against the winner of last Monday's semifinal between the Worthington Warthogs and the Columbus Hawks. The championship game of the double elimination tournament was originally scheduled for last Sunday but was postponed because of rain.

Prior to last Tuesday's game, Gahanna was 27-5. Three of those losses came to the Hawks, with Gahanna winning 5-1 on June 6 and 7-1 on June 10, but losing 6-5 on June 24, 5-4 on July 8 and 7-2 on July 12. On the other hand, Gahanna swept the season series with Worthington, winning 2-1 and 6-2 on June 19 and 9-0 and 7-1 on June 27.

Simon Davis, Tim Pitro and Brad Thomas are batting above .400 and Quentin Everman is above .300. The Rockets scored a combined 25 runs in their first two league tournament games last Saturday, beating the Columbus Braves 12-2 and the Warthogs 13-4.

"I think we've got good chemistry in our lineup, and the hitting has gotten better," Weston said.

But the main reason Gahanna has been so successful this season is pitching. The Rockets list 11 pitchers on their roster, and all 11 have at least one win. Starters Alex Borgan (6-0), Casey Mast (2-0), Mitch Myers (2-0), Andy Podolak (4-2) and Elijah Smurthwaite (4-1) have gone deep into games, allowing Weston to keep the rest of the pitchers fresh. Relievers Darren Athey, Justin Brown, Davis, Jeremy Finchum, Tyler Shapaka and Todd Spadaro have been efficient when called upon. In last Saturday's 12-2 win over the Hawks in the OICBL tournament opener, Mast pitched a complete-game one-hitter with eight strikeouts. The only hit he allowed came on a single to center in the final inning.

"It starts with pitching, and we've got a real solid corps of pitchers this year," Pitro said. "That helps so much when you're playing in a wood-bat league. It can be difficult for hitters to make the switch from metal to wood."

Instead of holding tryouts, Weston has always received his players from referrals. As such, he wasn't sure what the staff would look like once the season started. He makes a promise to each player that "everybody plays, and everybody has a good time," but this season he also promised the pitchers that they would start at least one game. Weston kept that promise, giving all 11 one start before settling on a more permanent staff.

"We've got so many good pitchers, and they've all got at least one win. That's pretty impressive," Weston said. "I would say of all the years I've been doing this, this staff is the most versatile and the best I've had."