FORT WAYNE — It’s going to take some work for the Rockets to play into the weekend.

In the opening game of the National Amateur Baseball Federation regional tournament Thursday, the Portland Rockets suffered a mercy-rule loss 14-3 in six innings to the Livonia Firebirds at Indiana Tech.

They were back in action in NABF regional pool play today, taking on the Prison City (Michigan) Padres at 10 a.m. They will play the Fort Wayne Jackers at 5:30 p.m. tonight. The top two teams in each of two pools advance to Saturday’s action.

Livonia, a Michigan-based squad, jumped on the Rockets (17-17) with three runs in the top of the first inning and never stopped scoring. It added two runs in the second to make it 5-0 — Portland responded with its only three runs in the bottom of the second — one in the third, three in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the sixth.

The Rockets, needing a couple of runs to stay alive in the bottom of the sixth, got a walk from Joel Kennedy and a double from 2018 Jay County High School graduate Max Moser. But a double play and a strikeout ended the game early.

Peyton Smith took the loss for Portland, allowing six runs on five hits and two walks in three innings. He recorded four strikeouts.

Nick Bailey allowed seven runs on eight hits in 2 1/3 innings of work.

Moser, who plays at Huntington University, went 2-for-3 with two doubles for the Rockets while Kennedy was 2-for-2 with a run and a walk and Dakota Durick singled and drove in two runs. The only other hit came from Caleb Richardson.

Twins Gavin and Landon Kempainen powered the Livonia offense, combining for six hits, five runs and three RBIs.