Joe Kropiewnicki

Rockford defeats Jenison to claim at least co-champion of OK Red

June 2, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rams traveled to Jenison on Monday, May 23, for the first of their last two conference games in OK Red action, and defeated the Wildcats 8-3. Rockford scored early as Drew Farmer walked to lead off the game and then advanced to third base on an errant pick-off move and scored on a passed ball. The Rams scored one in the second inning as well, when Christian Leinesch drew a walk, Ian Stankus and Max Crimp singled, and Andrew Rademacher hit a sacrifice fly to plate Leinesch. Rockford then scored four more runs in the third inning as Brandon Nostrant led off with a single and stole second. Tony DiLeo walked, Leinesch reached on an error, Matt Boonstra singled and Stankus doubled to the fence in left-center. In the fourth, the Rams plated two more runs when Farmer led off with a single, Nostrant walked, Shain Showers sacrifice bunted and DiLeo singled. Rockford was held scoreless in the fifth, sixth and seventh. Offensive contributors were Farmer (1-3), Nostrant (1-2, SB), DiLeo (1-3, RBI), Boonstra (1-4, RBI), Stankus (2-3, double, RBI), Crimp (1-3) and Rademacher (0-2, RBI). Defensively, Bryan Baldwin was on the mound for Rockford. Baldwin went the distance in securing his fifth win. He gave up one run in the second inning and two in the fourth. His line for the game was 7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 6 K. Rockford beat Jenison once more, in their last OK Red conference game of the season on Wednesday, May 26. The Rams mercied the Wildcats 10-0 in five innings behind another solid pitching performance from Joe Kropiewnicki. The Ram offense wasn’t as prolific as it had been recently, as they had just four hits for the game. They did capitalize on 13 walks, one error, two wild pitches and two passed balls by the Wildcat defense. Offensively, Rockford was led by Farmer (2-2, two RBI, two SB), Nostrant (1-1, RBI, two SB) and Stankus (1-2). Kropiewnicki scattered four hits and didn’t give up a run in claiming his eighth win of the season. He went the complete five innings walking one and striking out two. With the win, Rockford claims at least a share of the OK Red crown. […]

Rockford pitcher Kropiewnicki no-hits West Ottawa

May 26, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rockford played West Ottawa for the second time on Friday, May 20, as their Thursday game was rained out. The Rams avenged a loss earlier in the week as they gave away a game to the Panthers and lost by a run. This game was not quite so close. Senior left-hander Joe Kropiewnicki wasn’t going to give the Panthers any inkling of coming away with a second win. It was a totally different game indeed. The Rams came to play and didn’t give away outs. Kropiewnicki started out the first inning by striking out the side. In the second inning he gave up a lead-off walk and then retired three in a row with two fly balls and a ground ball to second. In the third, he struck out the first batter and got two more ground ball outs. In the fourth, it was two ground ball outs and a strikeout as well. In the fifth, and last inning, due to the mercy rule, he hit the lead off batter, the second batter reached on an error and then the lead runner was picked off second by catcher Tony DiLeo, who threw him out from his knees. Kropiewnicki then got two more ground ball outs to end the game. He was never in trouble. The no-hitter gives him his seventh win. He went five innings while giving up no hits, one walk, one hit batter and striking out five. The no-hitter marks a unique accomplishment that may be a first for Rockford baseball—back-to-back no-hitters. The Ram offense used some timely hits, walks and hit batters to score 10 runs in support of Kropiewnicki. Rockford scored early as they posted five runs in the first. They followed that with three in the second and two in the third. In the first, Drew Farmer and Brandon Nostrant both drew walks. That was followed by singles from Shain Showers and DiLeo. Christian Leinesch then walked and scored on an Ian Stankus ground ball. In the second inning, Andrew Rademacher led off with a single that was followed by a homerun from Farmer (his team-leading third of the season). Nostrant was hit by a pitch. Showers then doubled and Nostrant scored on a wild pitch. In the third, Stankus […]

Rockford baseball sweeps Hudsonville, wins one at Okemos

May 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

In a match-up between the number two team in the state (Hudsonville) and the number nine team in the state (Rockford), the Rams came out on top. Game one was played in Rockford this past Tuesday, May10, and game two was played at Hudsonville on Thursday, May 12. Rockford then traveled to Okemos for a double header, but only got one game in due to the inclement weather on Friday, May 13. In the first game against Hudsonville, the Rams’ starting pitcher Bryan Baldwin took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The first two innings, he retired the Eagles in order, faced only four batters in the third and fourth, and then faced five batters in the fifth—all without giving up a hit. Baldwin gave up his first hit in the sixth with two outs, a single to Hudsonville’s Tyler Baar. It was a shutout going into the seventh inning with the Rams up 3-0. Baldwin gave up a leadoff hit and then got two quick ground ball outs. After a second hit and a walk, Coach Ian Hearn made a pitching change, bringing in Shain Showers from shortstop. Showers has done an outstanding job all year, but struggled a bit with the zone, as he walked two batters. Several of the pitches could have gone either way and it would have been a dramatically different outcome. With left-handed hitting Baar coming up again, Hearn made another pitching change, bringing in senior lefty Austin Stephens. As Stephens entered the game, it was Rockford 3 and Hudsonville 2 with the bases loaded. Stephens struck out Baar on three straight pitches to get the save and notch the win for the Rams. Baldwin picked up the win going 6-2/3 innings, while giving up just three hits, two runs, five walks and struck out four. Offensively, the Rams outhit the Eagles by a slim margin (4-3). All three runs came in the third inning when Drew Farmer and Brandon Nostrant were both hit by pitches from Hudsonville’s Baar. Showers then moved them over with a sacrifice bunt and Tony DiLeo followed with a two RBI double. Senior Christian Leinesch then singled and Ian Stankus hit a ground ball to score the third run. Leading the way offensively were […]

Rockford varsity baseball sweeps Grand Haven

May 12, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rams split in action at Bay City Western tournament The Rams traveled to Grand Haven to take on the Buccaneers in varsity baseball action on Tuesday, May 3. Through four innings, it was a 1-1 game and then the Rams offense picked up. They used some timely hitting and took advantage of some Grand Haven defensive miscues to score a run in each of the fifth and sixth innings and four runs in the seventh. The first Rockford run was manufactured in the third inning when Max Crimp reached on a fielder’s choice and was moved to second on an Andrew Rademacher single. Crimp reached third base on an error by the Buccaneer catcher and scored on a Drew Farmer fielder’s choice. The Rams scored once again in the fifth. Matt Boonstra doubled down the line and Jesse Edick took his spot on base as a pinch runner. Crimp then sacrifice bunted Edick to third, and Rademacher hit a sacrifice fly to center to pick up the RBI. In the sixth, Brandon Nostrant reached on a walk and was bunted over to second by Shain Showers. Tony DiLeo was then intentionally walked and Ian Stankus singled to drive in Nostrant. In the seventh, Crimp reached base on an error, Rademacher singled, Farmer singled, Nostrant reached on an error, and Christian Leinesch doubled to put four more runs on the board. Offensively, the Rams were led by Rademacher (2-2, 1 RBI), Leinesch (2-4, 2 doubles, 1 RBI), Boonstra (1-3, 1 double), Stankus (1-4, 1 RBI) and Farmer (1-4, 1 RBI). Bryan Baldwin toed the rubber for the Rams, going the full seven innings and getting the win. He cruised through the first two innings and gave up the first Buccaneer run in the third inning on a walk, a single and an error. The fourth, fifth and sixth innings were quick for Baldwin as well, as he retired the side in order each inning. In the seventh, the opposing pitcher led off the inning with a single. That was followed by a walk and another single to plate the second Grand Haven run. Baldwin then finished the game by inducing two routine ground balls—one to Stankus at second base and one to Showers at shortstop. On […]

Rams start baseball season with two wins in Indiana

April 14, 2011 // 0 Comments

The Rockford varsity baseball team swept Westview High School (Ind.) in a doubleheader on Monday, April 4. The first game was an extra inning battle that went 10 innings. The Rockford Rams jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, resulting from a Drew Farmer double, Christian Leinesch single, Shain Showers sacrifice fly and Brandon Nostrant RBI single. The Warriors scored three in the third and one in the fourth off Ram southpaw Austin Stephens. At the end of six, the Rams trailed 4-2. In the seventh inning, senior Andrew Rademacher led the inning with a single and junior Farmer hit a two-run homerun to tie the game and take it into extra innings. The game was scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings. In the 10th, the Rams scored the winning run off a sacrifice fly by junior Matt Boonstra, who drove in fellow junior Tony DiLeo. After holding the Warriors scoreless in the bottom of the 10th, the Rams notched a 5-4 win in their first contest of the season. Offensively, the Rams were led by Farmer, who was 3-5 with a homerun, along with junior Nostrant, who was 2-5 with one RBI, and Rademacher, who was 2-3 with one run scored. Fellow senior southpaw Joe Kropiewnicki took over for Stephens in the fifth inning and looked great. Kropiewnicki went the final six innings allowing no runs, one hit, one walk and had eight strikeouts. The line for Stephens on the day was four innings, six hits, five walks, five strikeouts and three earned runs. In the second game, the Ram bats exploded for eight runs in the first inning and one each in the second, third and fourth innings. They won the second game 11-4 and were never in trouble after the huge offensive burst in the first. Everyone joined in offensively including Farmer again, who was 2-3, along with junior Showers, who was 2-4 with a homerun, and DiLeo, who was 2-4 with a double. Nostrant gave a 3-4 performance that included a homerun, and junior Ian Stankus was 3-4 with a triple. Rademacher was 1-2, junior Max Crimp was 1-2, and freshman Kory Young was 2-3 with an RBI. On the mound, senior Caleb Post started the […]