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 […]
May 19 2011
It was Senior Night at Rams Stadium Thursday, May 12, when the Wildcats of Northview came to take on the Rockford girls soccer team for the final non-conference game of the season. The Rams were coming off a 2-1 win from Wednesday night at West Ottawa, and were ready for the Wildcats. The six seniors: Sydney Benda, Kara Klausing, Allison Hazy, Emily Cowan, Melanie Esch and Rebecca Manshaem, were honored before the game in front of the team and fans. Rockford controlled most of the tempo of the game in the first half, but the Wildcats kept them slightly out of rhythm. With many shots on the Northview goal and missed opportunities, the Rams finally made it on the board with a hard-fought goal from sophomore forward Katie Hartnett. The first half ended 1-0 Rams. In the second half, the Rams were much more in sync with each other. They dominated the majority of the ball time, forcing several corner kicks and, with less than three minutes into the half, junior Jordan Ryfiak found the back of the net off a corner kick from senior co-captain Emily Cowan. Shortly after, junior midfielder Erika Scott put one between the pipes from a corner kick from junior midfielder Mikayla Goldsmith. Two more goals were recorded from the Rams: sophomore Melissa Biener netted one in the 65th minute on a pass from Hartnett, and Scott and Goldsmith teamed up once again on a corner kick to make the final score Rockford 5 Northview 0. Late in the second half, with the game well in hand, Head Coach Steve Thomas had all six seniors in the game at the same time and subbed all of them out one last time together to the applause of all in attendance. The Rams will play one last game at East Kentwood for the season before the playoffs begin. It will be a battle for first place, as both teams are now tied for first in the OK Red.
Rockford’s boys lacrosse team took fourth place in the OK conference tier one lacrosse tournament last week, falling to Forest Hills Northern/Eastern (FHNE) and East Grand Rapids (EGR). The Rams faced one of the state’s top teams, FHNE, for the second time in a week, but this time came out on the wrong end, losing 16-11. FHNE started off with a two-goal lead. However, Rockford scored three times in the opening quarter, with two goals from sophomore attackman Kento Nakano, and one from junior midfielder Mitchell Newton. The Rams led 3-2 after one. FHNE scored four times in the second quarter, while Rockford managed two goals from senior attackman Adam Kroll. Rockford kept the game close with Spencer Sims and Ryan Hartley winning face-offs, which allowed the Rams to maintain possession during much of the first half. The halftime score was 6-5, in favor of the Hawks. The second half was an abrupt change, as FHNE controlled possession for most of the third quarter, scoring six goals to just one goal from senior Erik Datema of the Rams. Rockford fought back in the final quarter, outscoring Forest Hills 5-4, but could not overcome the damage inflicted during the third quarter. Kroll ended up with four goals, while Newton finished with three goals and two assists. Sophomore Blake McDonald netted Rockford’s final goal of the contest. On Thursday, May 12, the Rams faced East Grand Rapids at Memorial Field in the consolation game of the conference tournament. The Pioneers won the game by a 15-9 margin, with a balanced scoring attack from eight players. The Rams, who trailed 11-3 at halftime, got two goals each from Kroll, Newton and McDonald. Alex Pouba, Datema and Karson Konkle also scored for Rockford. The Rams will begin competition in the Division I state regional tournament this week, with a home game at the Ted. The opponent will be the winner of the Grand Haven-Howell game, and the date and time is yet to be determined.
Rowing under less than ideal conditions, the Rams men’s crew team was named the Don LeBlanc Men’s Point Trophy champions for the third year in a row at the Grand Rapids High School (GRHS) Invitational Regatta held on May 14 at Riverside Park. The Lady Rams took second in their division. Ann Arbor Huron won the overall regatta championship, followed by the Rams in second and Forest Hills Central placing third in the ten team event. As the rain pelted down, heat racing began at 8 a.m. for the coveted spots in the afternoon final races. Rockford placed boats in the finals for each their heats over the 1,500-meter race down the Grand River from the Ann Street bridge to boat launch number two in Riverside Park. This year’s competitors included Ann Arbor Huron, East Grand Rapids, Forest Hills Central, Forest Hills Eastern, Forest Hills Northern, Grand Rapids Rowing Club, Lowell, Northview, Rockford and North Suburban from the Chicago area. Gold medals were won by each of the men’s teams in the final heat races for the day. The men’s varsity lightweight eight boat with coxswain Logan Conner, Isaac Blenman, Tyler Truxton, Marcus Powers, Jacob Nemeth, Kevin Clinthorne, Tyler Maple, Jacob Dennis and Dilan Itter picked up the first of the Rams’ gold medals. The varsity doubles team of Tim Carlson and Chris Gaigalas brought in the next gold medal and the afternoon racing pace for the men was set. The varsity four boat with coxswain Conner, TJ Jacobs, Mitch Griffis, Bryce VanderBerg and Austin Burris added to the gold medal pile with their impressive victory in the six-team race. Also bringing home gold for the men in the following races were: varsity eight and varsity eight 500-meter dash (coxswain Sarah McLellan, Sam Berndt, B. VanderBerg, Burris, Jacobs, Griffis, Corey Fase, Gaigalas, Tristan VanFossen), varsity lightweight four (coxswain McLellan, Berndt, VanFossen, Isaac Blenman, Dilan Itter), and novice eight (coxswain Rebecca Avella, Chad Slider, Mack Solomon, Tyler Maple, Mitchell Hendershott, Dezmund Nelson, Kurtis Loux, Reggi Titmus, Tyler Ingersoll). Gold was also won by the women’s varsity four team with coxswain Shelby Hodges, Kate Fraser, Rebecca Markham, Kendra Bilardello and Kara Korson. The Lady Rams junior varsity four teams dominated their heat, picking up gold for coxswain […]
The Rockford Rams competed in an important OK Red match on Monday, May 9, at Sunnybrook Country Club against the Hudsonville Eagles. The Rams prevailed by 12 with junior Steven Mette leading the way with a one-under-par 35, followed by Justin Ullery (38), Jake Stephan (39), Alec Dewitt (40), AJ Varekois (41) and David Keller (41). The Rams have matches against West Ottawa, Grand Haven, Hudsonville, East Kentwood, and Muskegon before the conference championship on May 19, 2011. The Rams were victorious again—155 to 159—against the Hudsonville Eagles at Braeside Golf Club on Saturday, May 14. The players dealt with July-like conditions, which were in quite a contrast to what they’ve grown accustomed to playing in this spring. The Rams were led by junior Steven Mette’s even-par 35, followed by a 39 from Jake Stephan, a 40 from Alec Dewitt and a 41 from David Keller. The Rams finished their dual season Tuesday at Muskegon against Muskegon and East Kentwood. Watch for final results in next week’s edition of The Rockford Squire.