Three games produced one win for the Syracuse American Legion Seniors baseball team during action at the area tournament at North Bend.
After having made it to state in back-to-back years, Coach Mark Bayliss said the Seniors group was disappointed that they couldn’t keep the streak going.
In the final post game huddle of the summer, however, Bayliss said he told the Senior team how much they were appreciated. This group has helped to change the culture in Syracuse and build a winning baseball tradition that will not soon be forgotten.
And a good portion of them are eligible to come back next year. Coach Bayliss said just a couple of Rocket players have spent their eligibility.
“We really have the chance to have a good team again,” said Bayliss.
And the team will probably have the opportunity to get to Class C state again next summer.
The Rocket programs switched to Class C this year from Class B and Bayliss said the enrollment numbers should have Syracuse staying in the Class C ranks for at least a few seasons.
The experience of playing in Class C was a good one. Coach Bayliss said the Rocket schedule provided his teams with a chance to measure themselves against Class C competition, so there weren’t any surprises and there were plenty of challenges as Class C features plenty of solid teams.

Rockets 10, Malcolm 1
Syracuse scored three runs in the first inning and kept building its lead through the course of the game on the way to an opening round win at the area tournament.
Devyn Cary pitched impressively for Syracuse and was supported by excellent defense.
The offense was led by Christian Frederick, single and double; Cameron Clark, single and double; Brendon Lyon, two singles;and Trevor Brinkman, double.

Wilber 8, Rockets 7
A five-run inning by the Wilber team proved to be the difference in a closing contested winner’s bracket loss for Syracuse.
The Rockets kept on fighting through the game by scoring one in the first, two in the fourth, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh, but the rally stopped a run short.
Offensive leaders were Trevor Brinkman, double; Cameron Clark, single and double; and Christian Frederick, two singles.
Overall, Coach Bayliss said his team recorded a lot of hard hit balls on the game.
Clark pitched and took the loss. He worked 2.1 frames.

E-M/N 6, Rockets 3
The area tournament match up represented the third meeting of Syracuse and Elmwood-Murdock/Nehawka and the E-M/N team came through with its first win in that series to eliminate Syracuse.
The Rockets scored three in the fourth inning but E-M/N found a way to get the game tied and then break the tie in the late going on the way to victory.
Seth Bayliss and Christian Frederick combined to pitch the loss. Elmwood-Murdock/Nehawka finished with just six hits.
Offensive leaders for Syracuse were Mitch McWilliams, single and triple; Christian Frederick, two singles; Cameron Clark, double; and Devyn Cary, two singles.