The Rockford varsity baseball team moved their record to 8-2 (4-0 OK Red) on the season after a 3-0 week that included a second consecutive sweep of an OK Red opponent. The Rams began the week by routing East Kentwood 10-3 on Tuesday, April 17 and followed that up with a hard-fought 4-1 decision over the Falcons on Thursday, April 19. The week concluded with a 13-3 triumph against Sparta in a non-league affair on Friday, April 20. But the competition gets progressively tougher for the Rams over the next few weeks, according to Rockford Coach Ian Hearn. “We start out with a very good Grand Haven team at home and away on Tuesday and Thursday,” said Hearn. “And we follow that up with a doubleheader against a state-ranked Midland squad on Saturday, showdowns with Hudsonville the following Tuesday and Thursday and a trip to Bay City Western the following weekend to play the third-ranked team in the state. We have played some decent baseball at times, but we really need to step it up over the next few weeks.” Last week began with a bang at home on Tuesday against East Kentwood. The Rams scored early and often en route to the 10-3 victory over the Falcons. Brent Showers went the distance on the mound to post his second victory against one loss. He allowed 10 hits while striking out four and walking only two. Senior standouts Shain Showers and Tony Dileo let the way offensively for the Rams with three hits and three runs batted in apiece (both had a double as well). Drew Farmer and Kory Young had two hits each including a double for both. And Jesse Edick notched a two-bagger of his own to chip in to the offensive carnage for Rockford. Rockford managed only five hits in a much tighter contest with the Falcons on Thursday. But they were key hits that mostly went for extra bases and the Rams were able to ride the right arm of Ian Stankus to claim the 4-1 win. Stankus gave up only a single unearned run to move to 3-0 on the young season with a complete game performance. Stankus allowed only seven hits while fanning three and walking only one. Dileo […]
Rockford Rams Varsity Baseball Team
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.