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.
May 13 2010
The Rams’ offense continued to impress, and starting pitcher Bryan Baldwin was effective as Rockford mercied East Kentwood in six innings. Offensively, the Rams had four players hit homeruns. The round-trippers were hit by Andrew Rademacher, Zach Martinek, Shane Showers and Christian Lienesch. Leinesch and Martinek had three RBIs apiece and Rademacher had two. Defensively, Baldwin’s effort on the mound was impressive. He scattered five hits over six innings while allowing just one earned run and striking out six. Rockford then played East Kentwood again on Thursday, May 6, at their home field, and lost a critical game to East Kentwood, 6-3. East Kentwood came to Rockford with something to prove. They jumped out to an early lead and never relinquished it. Rockford had several chances to score and hit the ball hard all day, but couldn’t capitalize on many of the opportunities. The Rams had 12 hits, but left nine runners on base and committed five errors. East Kentwood had eight hits and only left four on base with one error. Leading the way offensively for Rockford again was junior Bryan Baldwin, who was 2-3 with one RBI. Tony Dileo and Drew Farmer had two hits apiece. The other two runs were driven in by Christian Lienesch and Farmer. Evan Smith had the only extra base hit on the day, driving a double in the gap in the bottom of the seventh inning. On the mound for the Rams was Austin Stephens, who battled but didn’t have good command and East Kentwood took advantage. Stephens took his second loss of the season and scattered eight hits on the day. He gave up two earned runs, walked two and struck out seven. The loss was crucial as Rockford is battling to repeat as OK Red conference champions. Hudsonville, a team that is much like Rockford with a lot of youth, is in the lead and the Rams were hoping to catch them. Rockford has yet to play Grand Haven, West Ottawa and Hudsonville. “We needed this one” said Coach Hearn after the loss. Rockford is scheduled to play Grand Haven Tuesday, May 11, and Thursday, May 13.
Rockford’s varsity baseball team swept Wyoming Rogers in a double-header on Monday, May 3, winning 19-0 in the first game and 12-2 in the second. In game one, the Rams scored in every inning of the shortened contest. The game went just four innings as the mercy rule was in effect. Leading the way offensively were sophomores Ian Stankus and Shane Showers. Stankus was 2-3 with four RBIs, and Showers batted 2-4 with four RBIs. Defensively, senior Taylor Masiewicz took the mound for the Rams. Masiewicz proved to be unhittable in his first outing of the season, as he threw a no-hitter while walking three and striking out eight for the win. In game two, the Rams’ offense continued to produce as Rockford took the lead in convincing fashion and never relinquished it. Rockford won the shortened six-inning contest 12-2. The Rams were led, offensively, by Showers, Bryan Baldwin and Mike Bilski. Showers was 2-4 with three RBIs, Baldwin was 2-4 with one RBI, and Bilski was 2-4 with an RBI. On the mound for the Rams was sophomore Stankus, who gave up two runs in the first inning but regrouped to retire the side in the second through fifth innings. Stankus notched the win while giving up one hit, five walks and two earned runs while striking out six. Evan Smith came in to finish the game, retiring the side in the bottom of the sixth.
Upon the strength of a 38 from senior Sam Gallup and 39s from Trent Davison and Steven Mette, the Rockford Rams varsity golf team was victorious over East Kentwood and Muskegon on the afternoon of May 4 at Stonegate Golf Club. Rockford took first place with a score of 158, followed by East Kentwood with 167 and Muskegon with 229. Scoring for the Rams were Gallup with 38, Davison and Mette with 39 each, Eric Conroy with 42, Jake Chaffee with 44, and Matt Smith with 52, on the course’s front nine, par 37. Many boys varsity golf teams that were planning on playing in the second annual Rockford Spring Classic varsity tournament at Cedar Chase Golf Club were wondering if they would compete on Saturday, May 8. Ten teams from nine different schools arrived at Cedar Chase Golf Club in Cedar Springs in cold, misty and windy conditions. The weather didn’t worsen, but it did not get better. The wind blew from 15 to 35 mph and the temperature never went above 40 degrees until the tournament was over. The Rockford Rams defeated a field with four other state-ranked teams, including Haslett (number one in Div. II). Rockford’s A team scored 306, followed by Haslett with 309, West Michigan Christian 316, Pontiac Notre Dame Prep 325, Greenville 334, Kalamazoo Central 335, Rockford’s B team with 341, Wayland 347, Byron Center 359, and Tri County with 397. The Rams were led to victory by a gutsy one-under-par 71 turned in by Gallup. Also scoring for Rockford were Chaffee with 77, Davison with 78, Conroy 80, Jake Stephan 80, and Robert Pierson with 85. Scoring for Rockford’s B team were Robert Perry with 84, Alec Dewitt 85, David Keller and Nick Delafuente each with 86, Matt Smith 88, and John Hughey with 97.
Over 50 schools converged at East Fork Lake State Park in Cincinnati, Ohio, over the weekend of May 7 to compete in the Midwest Scholastic Rowing Association Regatta. Racing began early on Saturday with boats competing in “head race” format to earn spots in the semifinals and finals, which were held on Sunday. Head racing involves releasing boats individually in specific timed intervals to gage their 1,500-meter time from start to finish. Boats placing in the top six of their event advanced. By the start of Sunday’s schedule, Rockford men and women had many of their boats positioned in the semifinals. By day’s end, 11 boats made it to finals, giving Rockford enough team points to earn third place overall. The Rockford women’s team was strongly positioned for a second-place finish overall, behind New Trier of Chicago, Ill. Rockford crew had six boats qualify for the National Scholastic Regatta in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., on May 28-29. They were: women’s lightweight eight, women’s junior four, women’s junior eight, women’s senior four, men’s lightweight eight, and men’s junior four. This is the highest number of boats that has qualified for nationals. The medal winners for this weekend’s event were: • Women’s junior eight (second place): Kendra Bilardello, Kara Korson, Kendall McConnohie, Kate Fraser, Amy Fedeson, Lora Gleghorn, Rebecca Markam, Andrea Galloway, coxswain Becca DeKorne. • Women’s lightweight (second place): Raechel Wrona, Molly Guthrie, Galloway, Gleghorn, Chloe McColgan, Lyndsey Felty, Emily Prus, Kate Fugate, coxswain Dani Tefft. • Men’s junior four (second place): Austin Burris, Alex Welch, Bryce Vanderberg, TJ Jacobs, coxswain Mark Nadeau. • Women’s junior four (second place): Bilardello, Korson, McConnohie, Markam, coxswain DeKorne. • Men’s lightweight eight (third place): Sam Berndt, Tyler Truxton, Josh Houn, Sean Ebel, Isaac Blenman, Dylan Itter, Troy Paskiewicz, Scott Ginebaugh, coxswain Sam Tefft. • Women’s senior four (fourth place): Olivia Kacsits, Maddie Anderson, Kate Fraser, Julia Fraser, coxswain Lauren Fay. • Women’s lightweight four (fourth place): Wrona, Rachel Alberta, Guthrie, Stephani Sawicki, coxswain Shelby Hodges. • Women’s lightweight novice four (fifth place): Sam Erickson, Jennifer Vlas, Holly Kregel, Corrine Prater, coxswain Bri Vanderberg. • Men’s lightweight four (fifth place): Paskiewicz, Berndt, Blenman, Itter, coxswain S. Tefft. • Women’s eight (sixth place): Lauren Madsen, Mallory Chrisman, Dana DeBusschere, Donna Pilarski, Courtney […]