The Rockets were among a handful of high school teams to have the opportunity to play on a big league field when they played last week at PNC Park.. “It was pretty surreal being on the field.” Sampson said
The team now has to sell $20 vouchers for limited Pirates' home game tickets, can't be used on concert nights or certain holidays.
Schweitzer said they have until the end of the season to sell the tickets. He said contact any member of the baseball team, their family or the coaches for more information. More information: Email Roy Schweitzer at email@example.com
Their game at PNC was shortened because the ground crew said the game was over. They were down 3-1 against Athens High School, a very good baseball team from up in the northern center of the state. Athens' has played at PNC a couple times before.
Kasen Neely, the starting pitcher, only gave up three runs on four hits in his three innings of work. Kam Mong held Athens to only one hit in his two innings.
Jaxon Covell had the one RBI in the first.
According to assistant coach Uriah Sampson each player got shoes they can keep and warm up gear that will stay with the school for years to come.
"We were fortunate J.J. sponsored us with New Balance,” Rocket head coach Roy Schweitzer said after after a recent practice.
Bleday currently is playing Triple A ball in the Oakland Athletics organization, but just last year played for the Florida Marlins against the Pittsburgh Pirates in PNC Park.