Rockford Baseball is pleased to announce that senior Ian Stankus has verbally committed to play baseball at Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC). Stankus was recruited to play middle infield and pitch for the Raiders. GRCC is regarded as one of the top Division II baseball junior colleges in the country. They have won five national titles, including three in a row from 2003 to 2005. Stankus, the speedy righty, is the 36th ranked player in the state of Michigan, according to MichiganBaseballProspects.org. He is also rated third in the state for arm strength amongst infielders. Stankus has been gunned at an amazing 87 mph across the infield. His outstanding defense helped pave the way to a 2011 Rockford Baseball state title. In the summer, Stankus plays travel baseball for Rockford Team Ram and Diamonds. Team Ram is coached by Rockford High School varsity assistant coach Steve Fusee. Ian is the son of Ron and Sue Stankus of Rockford.
Rockford Baseball is pleased to announce 2012 class Tony Dileo has officially committed to play baseball at Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Dileo was recruited as a catcher. EMU, coached by Jay Alexander, led all Michigan NCAA Division I universities in victories with 37 in 2011. They swept the University of Michigan, swept Michigan State University, swept Western Michigan University, and split with Central Michigan University. They also beat Clemson, which was ranked fourth in the nation. Dileo has been nothing less than outstanding on the baseball field. In 2010 as a sophomore, Dileo led the Rams in most offensive categories while batting with a team-leading .447 batting average, 17 doubles, four homeruns, and 36 RBIs. In 2010, he was All OK Red Conference, All District, and All Region. In 2011, as a junior, Dileo helped lead the Rams to their second OK Red conference title in three years and their first ever state title. Dileo provided the winning hit in the state finals. His 2011 accolades include Louisville Slugger Preseason High School All American Honorable Mention, All OK Red Conference, All District, All Region, and Second Team All State. Dileo, the brick wall catcher, is regarded as one of the top catchers in the state of Michigan and is also recognized nationally. As impressive as Dileo is on the baseball field, he is evenly as impressive in the classroom. He currently carries a 3.53 grade-point average. In the summer, Dileo plays travel baseball for Rockford Team Ram. Team Ram is coached by Rockford High School Varsity Assistant Coach Steve Fusee. Dileo is the son of Frank and Marjorie Dileo of Rockford.
Caleb Post, a senior right-handed pitcher at Rockford, will be attending Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Ind. to study software engineering and play baseball. Rose-Hulman (RH) is listed in the top 10 engineering schools in the country along with MIT, Columbia, Stanford and Carnegie Mellon among others. RH is a Division III school and competes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference. Rockford baseball has a lot of great students, but Post stands out a bit with his 4.63 grade-point average. He is ranked third in his senior class. Post was Academic All State last year as a junior. He had many schools to choose from, but chose RH because they are one of the top schools in the country and they have a successful baseball program. Their head coach recently celebrated his 600th collegiate win. Post will join his older brother, and former Ram, Ethan at RH. Ethan is on the pitching staff at RH and had a solid year on the mound. Surely, the Post brothers will provide some quality innings for the RH baseball program next year.
Rockford traveled to West Ottawa on Tuesday, May 17, for the first of their two conference games and lost a close game 10-9. Five of the six losses the Rams have suffered this year have been by one run. The problem with this loss is that it brings them back to a tie with Hudsonville for first in the OK Red after holding a one-game lead on the Eagles for a short four-day period. The game began with quick first, second and third innings for both Rockford and West Ottawa. In the second inning, though, the Rockford bats started to wake up. Rockford scored three runs in the second inning on a Matt Boonstra double and a Kory Young single. They scored three more in the third on singles from Brandon Nostrant, Shain Showers and Christian Leinesch, and another double from Boonstra. Rockford scored one more run in the fourth on singles from Andrew Rademacher, Drew Farmer and Tony DiLeo. They were held scoreless in the fifth inning and scored two more in the sixth on a double by DiLeo and singles from Leinesch and Boonstra. They went into the seventh down a run and had opportunities with a Farmer double, DiLeo single and Leinesch walk, but failed to capitalize. Rockford left 12 runners on base for the game. Bryan Baldwin and Austin Stephens split the six innings, pitching three apiece. Baldwin cruised through the first inning striking out two of the three batters he faced that inning, and then struggled with the strike zone a bit as he walked five batters in the next two innings. However, he held West Ottawa to only one hit in his three innings of work. Stephens was off his game as well, as he hit two batters and walked two batters in the fourth inning to give up the Ram lead. He settled down and threw scoreless innings in the fifth and sixth, but it was too late as the Rams failed to plate enough runs. Offensive leaders were DiLeo (3-4, one RBI), Boonstra (3-4, two doubles, three RBI), Leinesch (2-4, two RBI), Rademacher (2-4), Farmer (2-5), Nostrant (1-3), Young (1-3, two RBI) and Showers (1-4).
Rockford baseball is pleased to announce that senior Bryan Baldwin has officially signed a letter of intent with Spring Arbor University (SAU). Baldwin will be joining former Ram standout Shane Street (2009). Baldwin was recruited as a pitcher. SAU has recently made back-to-back trips to the NAIA World Series. The SAU team was semifinalist in 2008, and was runner-up in 2007. SAU head baseball coach Sam Riggleman has been recognized two times by the NAIA with National Baseball Coach of the Year honors. In 2009, as a sophomore, Baldwin helped lead the Rams to their first OK Red conference title in 21 years with his outstanding pitching. In 2010, he continued to improve and was rewarded with First Team OK Red All Conference and All District accolades. Baldwin, the hard-throwing “righty,” is also regarded as one of the top pitchers in West Michigan. In the summer, Baldwin plays travel baseball for Rockford Team Ram. Team Ram is coached by Rockford High School varsity assistant coach Steve Fusee. Baldwin is the son of Ken and Prisilla Baldwin of Rockford.