SOUTH?BEND — It was a weekend of splits for the Portland Rockets.

Making their annual trip to South Bend, the Rockets dropped the opener of the weekend Saturday 4-3 to the Michiana Brewers in a walk-off before bouncing back to win the second game 3-1 in eight innings. On Sunday, Portland beat the South Bend Royals 10-2 in five innings in the first game but dropped the second 7-2 when it was called after the top of the sixth inning because of inclement weather.

Nick Bailey gave the Rockets (16-15) a strong outing in their win over Michiana as he went the distance. He gave up just one run on six hits and two walks while striking out five.

His effort on the mound kept Portland alive and its offense finally came through in the top of the eighth inning. A walk to Zach Tanner got things rolling and Peyton Smith followed with a single to center field. A Cameron Pratt double scored Tanner to give the Rockets the lead and another double from Joel Kennedy made it 3-1.

Bailey then sat down the Brewers in order in the bottom of the eighth — the final two outs came on strikeouts — to end the game.

Sunday’s opener was powerful for Portland as Blake Caldwell, a 2021 Jay County High School graduate, and Kennedy each hit a grand slam. Caldwell’s blast came with no outs in the second inning and Kennedy’s capped a six-run fourth. Pratt added a 2-for-3 effort with two runs.

Trever Sheets earned the win, allowing two runs on one hit and four walks in five innings.

The Rockets nearly swept Saturday’s games, but Michiana tagged reliever Caden Craft for a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh inning. Dalton Soergel took the game-two loss Sunday, giving up five runs to the Royals on three hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings.