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Rams baseball powers through first half of brutal schedule, Eagles next

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY The Rockford baseball team came through the opening salvo of a murderous schedule with a 5-0 record. But it only gets tougher this week as the “Big Boys” of the OK Red square off on Tuesday and Thursday, May 1 and 3, in a home and home series that will decide early supremacy in the conference. That would be Rockford and Hudsonville for the novice baseball fan. And if that weren’t enough, the Rams will travel to Bay City Western on Saturday, May 5, for a tournament against the number three-ranked team in Division I. Rockford started the week by trouncing Tri-County 15-4 on Monday, April 23. Reid Kelley got the win on the mound and Tim Redder had the big stick at the plate. Redder had three hits and five RBIs to pace the Ram offense. Drew Farmer had a pair of hits, including a triple, and Max Crimp and Kory Young both added doubles. Next up was a pair of conference games against a dangerous Grand Haven team that was off to a very good start. Tuesday’s contest was a nail-biter from start to finish that saw the Rams eke out a 12-11 win at home when Ram catcher Tony Dileo picked off a Buc runner at first base with two outs and the bases loaded in the top of the seventh. The return trip to Grand Haven played out in a decidedly different manner as the Rams led from start to finish in winning 8-2. Alex Hertel was the winning pitcher in Tuesday’s game for Rockford and Ian Stankus got the tenuous save thanks to Dileo’s heroics. Farmer, Young, Dileo and Stankus all had a pair of hits to pace the offense. Stankus also snagged the win on the mound for the Rams on Thursday while allowing no earned runs over the first six innings. Rockford pounded out 16 hits led by the four-hit showing of Young. Shain Showers, Dylan Postma, Dileo, Stankus and Farmer all chipped in with a pair of base knocks to help keep Rockford firmly in control offensively. “We persevered through some difficult circumstances to get those two wins,” said Rockford Coach Ian Hearn. “When you walk as many people as we did and toss […]

Rams stay perfect in OK Red, huge week looms

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY The Rockford varsity softball team now stands at 4-0 in OK Red play after thumping Grand Haven twice last week by scores of 13-1 and 13-5. That sets the stage for a pivotal week for the Rams as they travel to Grandville on Tuesday, May 1, and Hudsonville on Thursday, May 3, for a pair of doubleheaders that will go a long way toward deciding the eventual conference champion. Rockford also pounded Greenville twice on Monday, April 23, by scores of 12-6 and 10-0. They closed out the week by making the trek to Mount Pleasant on Saturday, April 28, where they went 1-2. All four Ram losses this year have been in tournament settings and by only one run. The Rams lost to West Branch Ogemaw Heights 4-3 and Mount Pleasant 3-2 before regrouping to pummel Beal City 13-3. “We saw some tougher pitching in Mount Pleasant than we have seen so far this year,” said Rockford Coach Troy Brown. “That will serve us well going forward and prepare us for the type of pitching we will see this week. Grandville and Hudsonville are both excellent teams, and we will need to play our best to come out on top of them.” Ashley Mengyan was the winning pitcher in the first game against Grand Haven and got the save in relief of Carmen Zeboor in the second game. Zeboor had two hits and four RBIs in the opener and Hannah Pattok added two hits as well. Jessi Ramos also chipped in with a two-bagger. Megan Port had three hits in the nightcap and Isabelle Mudgett, Lexie Brown, Rachel Feinauer and Ramos all had a pair of hits. Mengyen and Zeboor pulled off the back-to-back wins against Greenville on Monday also. Lyndsey Bettig tossed the final inning in relief in the opener. Mudgett had four hits in the opener and was aided by Mackenzie Vallad, Zeboor and Brown (three RBIs) with a pair of hits each. Ramos and Brown both had two hits and three RBIs in the second contest, while Port and Vallad added two apiece also. Mengyen was the tough luck loser in both of the losses on Saturday, despite pitching some solid softball. The Rams fell in extra innings […]

Rockford girls track takes second at Spartan Classic, stay on top of OK Red

May 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY The girls track team from Rockford stayed firmly atop the OK Red standings with a pair of dominant wins last week. The Rams began the week by topping Grandville 89-48 on Tuesday, April 24, and followed that up by trouncing Hudsonville 99-38 on Thursday, April 26. They then ventured to East Lansing on Friday, April 27, to take part in the Spartan Classic at Michigan State University. The defending state champs from Grosse Pointe South were there and it gave Rockford a chance to see how they matched up with them this year. Grosse Pointe South captured the title, but the Rams were fairly close behind and knew it could have been much closer save for one thing. “We left some points out there where we knew we should have scored,” said Rockford Coach Randy VanderVeen. “Grosse Pointe South has a lot of the team back from last year and added a couple of talented transfers. They will definitely be the favorites again, but I think we were able to see the things we need to improve on and some of their weaknesses that may enable us to keep it in the ball park the next time around.” Courtney Klaweiter won the 100-meter dash for the Rams and also ran a leg of both the 4×100- and 4×200-meter relays that took first place. Rachel Raab was a double individual winner for Rockford as she took the shot put at 38’11” and the discus at 112′. Sammy Cuneo, Elise Schierbeek and Allison Kelley were the other three members of the winning 4×100 and 4×200 relay teams. Katie DeHaan was second in the pole vault at 10’6″. The 4×800 relay team of Jane Hawks, Morgan Harney, Taylor Manett and Kerianne Schoff placed second as well as the 4×400 quartet of Maria Anel, Olivia Gilbert, DeHaan and Klaweiter. Manett was second in both the 1,600- and 3,200-meter runs. Anel was also second in the open 400-meter race. “Things are shaping up pretty nicely for us as a team so far,” said VanderVeen. “The girls are a little tired after all of the races we ran last week, but that happens occasionally when you have to cram so many conference meets into such a short window. […]

Rams sweep opening round of OK Red contests

April 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY It doesn’t take long to start conference play with a season as short as the high school baseball season is in Michigan. Rockford started defense of their OK Red title in an overwhelming manner with a pair of mercy rule-shortened routs of Muskegon. The Rams topped the Big Reds 15-0 in four innings at home on Wednesday, April 11, and followed that up with a 21-0 three-inning triumph at Muskegon on Friday, April 13. Brent Showers went the distance in the opener and allowed no hits while striking out three and walking only one. Ian Stankus threw all three innings on Friday and also gave up no hits while fanning five and walking one. Shain Showers paced the Ram offense in the opener with a pair of hits. Tony Dileo, Ronnie Searl and Stankus all chipped in with doubles. In the second contest, it was Showers, Drew Farmer and Kory Young all amassing a pair of hits to lead the way. “It is always nice to get off to a good start in OK Red play,” said Rockford Coach Ian Hearn. “This is a tough conference week in and week out, and you can’t afford to get caught looking ahead. We did what we needed to do and it will only get more difficult as the season progresses.” The Rams closed out the week by hosting their own invitational on Saturday. Rockford found themselves in an early 5-0 hole in their opener against West Catholic and, despite a valiant comeback effort, fell by a 5-4 score to drop into the consolation game against Ann Arbor Pioneer. The Rams rebounded in a resounding manner with a 9-4 victory to salvage a win on the day. “Shain [Showers] really gave us a chance in that first game with some great relief pitching,” said Hearn. “But it was ultimately too big of a hole for us to crawl out of. West Catholic made some plays defensively and it was just one of those days where the game breezed by and we ran out of time. But it was a chance for us to see some good baseball teams and some good pitching on the day. We can grow and learn and get better as a […]

Rockford softball kicks off season with 3-2 record

April 19, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY The 2011 season got off to a rousing start for the Rockford softball team as the Rams swept Kenowa Hills by scores of 12-2 and 5-0 on Wednesday, April 11 at home. Rockford received the usually potent combination of solid pitching and hitting en route to the twin triumphs over the defending OK Black champion Knights. Carmen Zeboor was the winning pitcher in the opener with solid relief provided by Ashley Mengyen to rack up the save. Lexie Brown went 2-4 with a double and triple to pace the offense. Hannah Pattok added a two-run double, and Rachel Feinauer and Mackenzie Vallad both had triples. In the nightcap, Mengyen went the distance to get the win on the mound. Brown again accounted for a trio of hits, including the first ever home run at the newly redesigned Rockford softball field. Feinauer ably contributed with a pair of two-baggers. Saturday wouldn’t prove to be quite as kind to the Rams, however. Rockford participated in three one-run contests and two of them went against the Rams. Rockford fell to Wyoming Rogers 7-6, despite outhitting the Golden Hawks 12-5, and to Grand Rapids Christian 4-3. They did rebound to top Byron Center 4-3 with a final inning rally to salvage a win. “We looked at times like a team that starts a freshman and four sophomores,” said Rockford Coach Troy Brown. “We are working through some growing pains to get to the point where we are consistently playing to our potential.” Lyndsey Bettig threw a complete game for the Rams to get the win in the circle in the Byron Center contest. The winning run scored on a bases-loaded walk by Zeboor that scored Karlee Tykosky. Tykosky swung the big bat for the Rams with a three-for-three showing. Brown had three hits in both the Rogers and G.R. Christian games to cap off a great week at the plate. Feinauer had three base knocks against the Golden Hawks while Pattok had three against the Eagles. “I don’t think anyone was more upset than our kids after the first two games Saturday,” said Coach Brown. “Byron Center won the tournament and that was the team we beat. They were very solid and fundamentally sound, but we […]

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