Rockford’s varsity baseball team split a pair of games with Midland on Saturday, May 1. The Rams dropped the opener 9-8 in seven innings and only needed five innings in the back end of the doubleheader to win in convincing fashion 13-3.
In game one, the Rams traded the lead with the Chemics of Midland before going into the seventh and final inning all tied up at eight runs apiece. Midland scored in the bottom of the seventh to notch the win.
The Rams’ offense proved to be effective in the first game as they pounded out 10 hits but left seven runners on base and committed two errors defensively. Bryan Baldwin led the way with three singles and two runs batted in. Drew Farmer added a triple that scored two runs as well. The pitching duties were spread out among four pitchers: Joe Kropiewnicki, Evan Smith, Zach Martinek and Bryan Baldwin, with Baldwin taking the tough loss.
Coach Ian Hearn’s “chalk talk” between games proved motivational, as the Rams came out swinging and scored six runs in the first inning of the next game. The game was never in doubt as Rockford continued the hit fest with 14 in the shortened five-inning game.
Leading the way offensively was Baldwin again with three singles, a double and three RBIs. Andrew Rademacher contributed as well with two singles and an RBI. Ian Stankus had two singles, a double and two RBI, and Shane Showers knocked in three runs with a single and a double. Defensively, the Ram middle infield of Showers and Stankus turned their second double play of the day, and Zach Martinek notched the win going three and two-thirds innings of scoreless pitching in relief of Caleb Post.
The Rams have a heavy week of baseball coming up as they play a doubleheader against Wyoming Rogers on Monday, conference games versus East Kentwood on Tuesday and Thursday, and a doubleheader at home vs. Traverse City West on Friday.