The Rockford junior varsity boys golf team concluded a very successful season by winning the OK Red postseason conference tournament at Grand Haven Golf Club (GHGC) on Wednesday, May 12, by posting a score of 181, one stroke better than runner-up East Kentwood. Jenison finished third with 187. The Rams were led by sophomore Mark Pearson, who finished with the best score in the tournament with a 43 on the challenging narrow fairways at GHGC. Freshman Seth Wells shot a 44, Sam Barnard 46, Justin Ullrey 46, Parker Derks 46, and David Dominiak 49. On the year, Coach Scott Kruisenga’s team finished with an impressive 49-11 record. When asked to summarize the season, Coach Kruisenga said, “More important than the wins/losses this year were the attitudes and work ethic of the team. Being able to balance fun and hard work is challenging for many freshmen and sophomores, but these boys were able to handle it and succeeded in becoming the JV conference champs. They maintained a conference record of 29-1 and won the preseason, midseason, and postseason championships. I’m proud of you, boys, and good luck in striving for varsity status.” Sophomore Jake Stephan, who led the team with an average score of 39.6 per nine holes, earned some valuable varsity experience at times throughout the season by virtue of his outstanding play. While playing at the JV level, nine of his 13 rounds were in the 30s, including a one-over-par 36 on April 22. Completing the JV roster this season were sophomores David Anderson and Justin Wustman, and freshman Matt Dickinson.
May 27 2010
Graham blanks Oilers twice The Rockford varsity softball team seems to be peaking just in time for a post-season run as illustrated by a doubleheader sweep of the Mount Pleasant Oilers on Saturday, May 22. The Oilers traveled to Rockford gushing about their 26-1 record, but had to trickle back home after being shut out twice by Tricia Graham and the Rams by scores of 2-0 and 3-0. In the opening game of the twin bill, Graham dazzled the Oilers and allowed just one hit, a sixth-inning single, while striking out 18 to match her career high for a seven-inning game set just 10 days earlier. For the first four innings, the Rams were unable to get anything going offensively, but in the fifth inning, junior shortstop Alli Hickox drew a one-out walk and scored on a key two-out single by freshman leftfielder Hannah Pattok to break the scoreless tie. The Rams added an insurance run in the sixth, as Lauren Pasciak raced all the way around from first base after Peyton Wells’ single to left was booted, allowing Pasciak to score. In game two, the Rams jumped out to a quick lead as Pasciak reached on a dropped third strike and scored on Wells’ one-out triple to center. Rockford had a golden opportunity pass them by in the third inning, when three consecutive hits failed to produce a run, and it looked like it may prove costly, as the Oilers mounted their first serious threat of the day when they had back-to-back hits leading off the fourth and got runners to second and third base with nobody out. Senior catcher Karli Showers then made the defensive play of the year so far as she raced back toward the screen and made a spectacular diving catch of a pop foul right against the fence for the first out of the inning. Graham took advantage of the situation by striking out the next two batters to escape the inning with no damage. Rockford then added two runs in the sixth to give Graham some breathing room. An error started the inning, and then Graham laced a sharp single to right. With one out and the bases loaded, Hickox came through with a single to the opposite […]
Driesenga, Graham lock horns in classic pitcher’s duel in game two The Rockford Rams traveled to Hudsonville on Tuesday, May 18 to take on the top-ranked team in the state. They came 60 feet away from a split in the doubleheader, but eventually lost 1-0 in the nightcap after falling by a 6-1 count in the opener. In a match-up of two of the best pitchers in the state, Hudsonville’s Sara Driesenga dueled Rockford’s Tricia Graham as they blanked the offenses for the first seven innings, as both teams only managed to get one runner as far as second base in regulation. The Rams posted the first scoring threat in the bottom of the eighth when junior shortstop Alli Hickox cracked a one-out double to the gap in left-center. She got to third base on a passed ball, but the Rams couldn’t drive her in and the game moved to the ninth inning. Hudsonville responded in kind, getting a one-out double by All-Stater Kenzie Ritzema, who advanced to third on a wild pitch with two outs and then scored on a clutch single up the middle by Brittany Frye to score the game’s only run. In game one, the Eagles had a pair of three-run rallies as the top of their order did most of the damage. Graham struck out 10 batters in the game, and she tripled and scored the Rams’ only run on Kayla Tykosky’s grounder to first base in the fourth inning. Rockford got runners on first and third with one out in the sixth, but failed to score as the Eagles secured the 6-1 win. The victories kept Hudsonville perfect in league play and all but sewed up the OK Red conference championship for the defending state champs. Rockford is now 7-5 in the conference, and is battling Grandville for third place.
The Rockford varsity baseball team lost a pretty important game to Hudsonville on Tuesday, May 18 at Hudsonville. The final score after seven innings was 3-0. The loss will likely take them out of the running for repeating as OK Red conference champions. The Rams’ offense was held in check by Hudsonville junior pitcher Skylar Hoke, who was tough to hit all day. His fastball was consistently 84-86 and his breaking pitch was effective. Rockford did garner four hits, but just couldn’t string them together. Hudsonville benefited from some timely calls by the umpires that were in question by the Rockford crowd. Christian Lienesch, Bryan Baldwin, Zach Martinek and Taylor Masiewicz all had singles for the Rams. Defensively, the Rams had a couple of errors that Hudsonville took advantage of. Baldwin continued his string of strong pitching efforts. He held Hudsonville’s potent offense to just five hits on the day. He gave up three walks and struck out four. Baldwin’s fastball was good as well. He was pretty consistent between 81-84, reaching 85 a couple of times early in the contest. On Thursday, May 20 at Rockford, the home team beat a tough Hudsonville team to avenge their 3-0 loss earlier in the week. The Rams beat the Eagles 5-4 with timely hits and solid defense. Rockford managed just five hits on the day, but they were timely. The Rams linked three hits and a walk in the third inning to score three runs. One of the hits was a homerun by sophomore Tony DiLeo. Rockford scored two more runs in the fourth inning on a double by Evan Smith, an error, a sacrifice bunt by Baldwin, and a sacrifice fly by Shain Showers. The Rams’ offense was held in check for their last two innings, but the five runs for the day were enough to win. Leading the way offensively was Brandon Nostrant, who was 2-3 with one RBI, and DiLeo, who was 1-2 with 2 RBIs. The other two hits came from Baldwin and Smith. Defensively, the Rams relied on the left arm of junior Austin Stephens, who struggled a bit in the first inning, but settled down after that and went the distance to notch the win. He gave up two runs […]
The Rockford varsity baseball team hosted and defeated Grand Haven on Wednesday, May 12, in a game that was rescheduled due to rain. The Rams scored early and never looked back. Their potent offense struggled as they only garnered three hits on the day. Fortunately, Bryan Baldwin pitched with his normal effectiveness and the Rams went on to win the game 5-0. Offensively, the three singles in the game were hit by Evan Smith, Christian Lienesch, and Baldwin. All other base runners reached by error, fielder’s choice or walk. Baldwin took a no-hitter into the seventh inning before giving up his only hit on the day, a double by the leadoff batter in the top of the seventh. Impressively, Baldwin didn’t walk anyone and struck out 11. “It was nice to see Bryan continue to pitch well and to see our defense continue to get better,” said Coach Hearn after the contest. This game put the Rams at 6-3 in conference and 16-5 overall. Rockford swept Grand Haven by winning their second contest 11-2 on Friday, May 14 at the lakeshore. The Rams scored four runs in the first inning, five in the fourth and two in the sixth, as their offense pounded out 13 hits and 11 runs while leaving seven runners on base for the day. Sophomore Shain Showers was productive again, leading the way on offense. Showers was 2-3 at the plate with a triple and three runs batted in. Zach Martinek also had three RBIs resulting from two timely singles. Christian Lienesch was 2-3 and John Veitengruber was 2-4. The other runs were driven in by Veitengruber, Ian Stankus, Tony Dileo and Drew Farmer. Defensively, the pitching duties were handled by fellow junior left-handers, Austin Stephens and Joe Kropiewnicki. Stephens was effective and received his fourth win of the season. He went five innings, while giving up five hits, one walk, and striking out six. He really was never in trouble other than a 390-foot fly ball that speedy centerfielder Lienesch tracked down for an out. Stephens also picked off two base runners on the day. Kropiewnicki came in for the sixth and seventh innings, and was effective in securing the win for the Rams. “Krop” pitched two innings while giving […]