By RANDY GREGORY
Though the regular high school season ended with a narrow 1-0 loss in the Division 1 quarterfinals last week, the baseball season still hasn’t reached an end for the freshmen, sophomores and juniors at Rockford High School. Continuing a tradition that has proved pivotal to the success of a baseball powerhouse, the Rams will field a Team Ram Orange and a Team Ram Black consisting of returning underclassmen for a 30 plus game slate of summer baseball.
“By the time the players are seniors they will have played at least 250 games together as teammates,” said Rockford varsity baseball coach Ian Hearn. “The summer program has been pivotal in building camaraderie amongst our players over he last several years.”
The team consisting mainly of the older players will be coached by varsity assistant Steve Fusee, with Hearn assuming the role of his subordinate. The younger team will be coached by Sean O’Rourke with head JV coach Steve Dengler as his assistant.
Both teams will play approximately 30-35 games over the next several weeks. Various venues for the games will include Western Michigan University, Central Michigan University and Grand Valley State University. The competition will be comprised mainly of baseball academies and clubs from around the state that will feature players from multiple schools.
Hearn stated that participation from Ram players will be at or near the 100% mark with a few players missing due to commitments to teams that offer them an unusual opportunity.
“Kory Young and Brent Showers have the chance to play for a team that will afford them the chance to travel to multiple states and compete against some of the best baseball teams in the country,” said Hearn. “They will be playing for Midwest Elite out of the Detroit area and we know that they will represent Rockford and their families extremely well with this endeavor.”
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