Rockford softball Senior Night a sweeping success

On Tuesday, June 2, the Lady Rams varsity softball concluded their regular season with a doubleheader sweep of the Fighting Scots from Caledonia by scores of 6-0 and 11-1.

Rockford softball seniors (front row, l–r) Morgan Ruchty, Haley Pattok, Karli Showers and Lauren Pasciak are surrounded by their teammates and coaches.

It was Senior Night, and the Rams’ senior athletes celebrated their final games on the Rockford High School varsity field in fine style. Senior centerfielder Lauren Pasciak, who will play collegiate softball at Cornerstone University, wasted no time getting things started for Rockford as she smacked a triple over the head of the centerfielder and scored on a sacrifice fly by Peyton Wells to stake the Rams to an early lead. Pasciak’s run would have been enough for junior pitcher Tricia Graham, who blanked Caledonia, allowing just three hits while striking out 16.

In doing so, Graham reached a milestone by notching the 1,000th strikeout of her brilliant career. No other Rockford pitcher has ever reached this total, and she still has more than a full season left to add to her record.

Pasciak added some insurance later in the game with a two-run single. Junior Katie Chapin had a big game with two sharp singles, which led to two more runs in the 6-0 win.

In game two, the Rams jumped all over the Scots, racking up 13 hits in a mercy-rule-shortened five-inning game. Junior shortstop Alli Hickox led the onslaught with three hits, three runs batted in, and two runs scored. Fellow junior infielder Kayla Tykosky drove in two more with two hits, including a triple.

The seniors had another strong game in their home finale. Morgan Ruchty had another nice game with two hits, and Haley Pattok ripped a double down the left field line in the last home high school at-bat. Pattok will be playing her college ball at Davenport University. Senior catcher Karli Showers, bound for Grand Rapids Community College’s softball program in the fall, provided stellar defense once again, gunning down the only runner who attempted to steal

a base against her. Pasciak patrolled center field with her normal authority. It was a great day for the Rams,who finished the regular season with a 29-8 record.

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