The Satellite Beach Rockets
The Satellite Rockets started playing slow pitch softball in 1974 and were nearly unbeatable over the next 4 yrs. The success of this team was attributable to the leadership and mentoring provided by Coaches Mark, Randy, Hub, and Percy Hedgecock along with the continuity from a core group of 10 players. This close knit group grew up in Satellite Beach playing Little League, surfing, and attending the same schools together. In the 13-15 division, they finished 2nd in the Nation in 74 and won the National Title in 75. In 77, they moved up to the 16-18 division and won another National Championship.
Aug 74. 2nd in the Nation.
Even though the Rockets were formed mere weeks before the start of the National tourney held in Satellite Beach, they played valiantly and finished 2nd in the Nation. The first game they would play together as a team was against a powerhouse from Kentucky and was their opening game in the tourney. Over the next two days, the Rockets seemed to be getting stronger with each inning and won six straight games to set up a rematch with KY in the Championship. Once again, the team from Maysville, Ky proved too formidable handing the Rockets their final defeat and a 2nd place finish. Barry Cammack led the team offensively with three homers and a .500 batting average followed by the hot bats of Lloyd Tetrault and Frank Boger. The best was still yet to come for this Rocket team.
R1: JB Gaskins, Don Jackson, Peter Gunn, Lloyd Tetrault, Rickie Culp, Joey Wiles, Frank Boger.
R2: Dave Pittman, Mark Roberts, Tom Hart, Paul Davis, Steve Sojourner, Steve DeFraties.
R3: Coach Hub Hedgecock, James Carroll, John Yanas, James Boyle, Gerald Fink, Scott Boyle, Barry Cammack, Coach Mark Hedgecock.
Aug 75. National Champs
Rockets "Soar to the National Title" going undefeated in the boys' 13-15 slow pitch division of the national softball tournament held at Hedgecock Field, Satellite Beach. Though trailing the Sacramento,CA team 6-2 after three innings, the Rockets found their bats and exploded with timely hits to take the lead in the fourth. The Rockets won the title game 13-6 and celebrated by throwing Coach Mark Hedgecock into a nearby canal.
R1: Peter Gun, Scott Schumacher, Lloyd Tetrault, David Thompson (Bat Boy), Brett Harrison, Dave Pittman, Frank Boger, Paul Davis, Mark Detwiller.
R2: Coach Randy Hedgecock, Joey Wiles, John Vandusen, Mike Kelly, Richard Hall, Greg Priest, Coach Percy Hedgecock, Ira McGehee, Mike Overvold, Jerry Duguay, Coach Jim Thompson, Head Coach Mark Hedgecock (Photo by Scotty Culp)
Aug 1977. National Champs, Again!
The Rockets won the 13-15 division National Championship in 1975, and have now have won the 16-18 division National Championship. The tournament was held once again, in Satellite Beach at Hedgecock Brothers Field. The Rockets started the tourney by going 3-0 in some relatively close games then dropped game 4 to Oklahoma City by one run. The stage was set for the Rockets needing to win 3 games in a row, coming out of the losers bracket, in order to take the title. The final day was a "Hit Parade" as the Rockets lashed 48 hits in their final 3 games routing Detroit and Oklahoma City twice. As a team, the Rockets had an impressive team hitting average of .423 on their way to victory!
R1: Paul Davis, Lloyd Tetrault, John Prine, Peter Gunn, Scott Schumacher, Rod Soares, Mark Detwiler
R2: Dave Pittman, Barry Cammack, Anthony Barnini, Frank Boger, Coach Jim Thompson, Greg Priest, Joe Smitelli, Asst Coach Randy Hedgecock, Scott Boyle,Gerry Duguay, R.L. Landers (FL Youth Comm), Coach Mark Hedgecock, and Coach Les Hall. Sliding into home is Percy Hedgecock.
Rockets short stop Frank Boger and Coach Randy Hedgecock (center) celebrate with their fellow players after claiming their 2nd National Title. The hometown heroes always played their best games in front of their Satellite Beach fans.
As said by Lloyd Tetrault during the teams 10 yr reunion... "That summer (77) was probably one of the highlights of a lifetime. To this day, it's probably one of the best things I've ever done."
Way to Go Rockets!!