Rockford Rams varsity Softball Team

Rockford softball sweeps West Ottawa

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rams finish third in OK Red, ranked number nine in state in Division I The Rockford Rams varsity softball team closed out its OK Red conference schedule in style on Monday, May 24 at Rockford by sweeping the visiting Panthers of West Ottawa by scores of 6-0 and 5-1 to finish third in the conference with a 9-5 record. Rockford broke a scoreless tie in the fourth inning of game one when pitcher Tricia Graham singled leading off. Her courtesy runner, Mary Zeboor, scampered around and scored on a double by junior shortstop Alli Hickox. Before the inning ended, the Rams had a 3-0 lead as Isabelle Mudgett and Morgan Ruchty also contributed key hits for the Rams. They added two in the next frame as Graham and Kayla Tykosky each singled home a run to bump the lead to 5-0, and tacked on one more as Ruchty walked and later scored on a fielder’s choice by Lauren Pasciak. All the while, Graham cruised through the first six innings without allowing a base runner. Her attempt for a perfect game came to an end with one out in the seventh, when a swinging third strike on a changeup in the dirt eluded the catcher, and the batter reached first base. Graham did manage to complete her third no-hitter of the year, striking out 17 in the process. In game two, the Rams wasted no time in jumping on top of the Panthers. In the first inning, hits by Karli Showers, Peyton Wells and Hickox, along with a sacrifice fly by Graham, brought home three runs for the Rams. The Rams added a single run in the second on singles by Pasciak and Wells, and a double steal by Mudgett and Tykosky snuck home the final run in the third. Graham made the lead stand by allowing just one run in the sixth inning. She struck out 12 in another fine effort to close out the OK Red season. Final OK Red 2010 standings are as follows: Hudsonville 14-0, Jenison 12-2, Rockford 9-5, Grandville 8-6, East Kentwood 6-8, West Ottawa 5-9, Grand Haven 2-12, and Muskegon 0-14. In the final coaches’ poll, the OK Red shows its strength in the state of Michigan by placing three […]

Rams win Mindy Tichelaar softball tournament

June 3, 2010 // 0 Comments

On Thursday, May 27, the Rockford varsity softball team traveled to Lowell to compete in the 15th Annual Mindy Tichelaar Memorial Softball Tournament. The tournament is in memory of a Lowell softball player who was killed in an automobile accident shortly after her sophomore season in 1995. For the sixth time overall, and for the third consecutive year, the Rams walked away with the trophy after defeating Grandville 2-0 in the opening game and the blanking Lowell 4-0 in the championship game. Tricia Graham again was amazing, allowing just one hit while striking out 10 against Grandville, and then striking out 13 Red Arrows and again allowing just one hit in the finale. Just three opposing base runners made it as far as second base throughout the two games, and nobody reached third against her. Offensively, the Rams scored their only runs against Grandville in the third inning, when senior outfielders Morgan Ruchty and Lauren Pasciak led off with singles, and then with two outs, Graham drew a walk to load the bases. Shortstop Alli Hickox came through with a clutch single to break the scoreless duel, and Kayla Tykosky followed with a walk that forced in the second run of the inning and the final run of the game. Against Lowell, the top of the order did the damage. Leadoff hitter Pasciak singled and scored twice, and Karli Showers, the number two hitter, singled and had a key sacrifice bunt to set up the first run. Peyton Wells, the number three hitter in the lineup, had two hits and drove in two for the Rams. Tykosky drove in Wells with the final run of a three-run sixth inning that was more than enough insurance for Graham and her defense.< br clear=left>

Rams softball sweeps Mount Pleasant

May 27, 2010 // 0 Comments

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 […]

Rockford softball starts out on right foot

April 1, 2010 // 0 Comments

Rams’ Graham freezes Falcons The Rockford Rams varsity softball team won three battles last Thursday, March 25, but only two will show up on the won-lost record at the end of the season. Besides sweeping the Falcons of West Catholic in a season-opening doubleheader at Rockford’s home field, the Rams also had to withstand Mother Nature in a test of will and determination as temperatures plummeted to 40 degrees and the winds picked up to about 25 mph, making conditions nearly unbearable. But withstand they did, as the Rams won the games by scores of 4-0 and 14-0, and finally outlasted the elements, showing off great defense, timely hitting and aggressive base-running along the way. A standout performance by junior pitcher Tricia Graham highlighted the day. After West Catholic’s leadoff hitter reached base on and error and advanced to third base with nobody out, Graham worked her magic in the clutch by striking out the next three batters in succession to escape the scoring threat. Only one more Falcon player reached base in game one, when Graham hit a batter with a pitch with one out in the sixth inning. And in the seventh inning, third baseman Leah Oliver snagged a hard one-hop ground ball to her glove side that looked to be headed into left field for a base hit, and subsequently threw out the batter at first base, preserving the no-hitter for Graham. Offensively for the Rams in game one, Graham led the way with a pair of doubles, the first of which plated leadoff hitter and Cornerstone University-bound Lauren Pasciak all the way from first. The game was still tight until the fourth inning. With the Rams clinging to a 1-0 lead, catcher Karli Showers, who will play next year at Grand Rapids Community College, led off with a bunt single. Sophomore Kayla Tykosky followed with a walk, and the Rams played “small ball” to score three in the inning and supply some breathing room. A nice sacrifice bunt by junior second baseman Katie Chapin and a throwing error on the play led to a run, and another came home on a single by right fielder Morgan Ruchty. It was more of the same in game two, as Graham again blanked the […]