Graham tosses no-hitter as Rams sweep Bucs

Junior pitcher sets record with 18 strikeouts

The Rockford varsity softball team defeated the visitors from Grand Haven by scores of 8-0 and 11-1 (five innings) on Wednesday, May 12.
Game one featured a pitching clinic by the Rams’ Tricia Graham, who threw her second no-hitter of the season and struck out a team-record 18 batters in the seven-inning contest while walking just two. The Rams’ defense was perfect on the three balls that were put in play by the Bucs.
Offensively, Rockford only managed four hits in the game, but were the beneficiaries of 10 walks by Grand Haven pitching and three errors by their defense. The hits in the game were Peyton Wells’ first-inning RBI-triple, and singles by Morgan Ruchty, Alli Hickox and Kayla Tykosky. The Rams scored all of their runs in the first four innings and cruised to victory behind the wizardry of Graham.
Game two saw the Rams bust things open in the second inning when they scored five times to take a 6-0 lead. The big inning featured four hits, including Katie Chapin’s two-run single for the final two runs of the frame. Rockford scored four more times in the fifth inning, with the final run scoring after Lexi Bettig’s hard line drive glanced off the glove of Grand Haven’s shortstop, allowing Karli Showers to score. For the game, Lauren Pasciak was the perfect leadoff hitter, reaching base four times on two hits and two walks, while scoring three times. Showers was credited with two RBIs in the game, and Graham drove in one. The winning pitcher in game two was Wells, who scattered six hits while striking out five and walking none, as she improved her record to 2-0 in the conference.

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