Rockford Rams varsity softball

Rams softball splits four OK Red games

May 20, 2010 // 0 Comments

The Rockford varsity softball team swept East Kentwood on Tuesday, May 4, by scores of 2-0 and 8-5, and then got swept by Jenison in a home doubleheader two days later. The result sees the Rams tied for third in the conference with Grandville with a record of 5-3. Hudsonville remains perfect in league play at 8-0. The Rams will travel to take on the Eagles in a crucial doubleheader on May 18. At East Kentwood, Tricia Graham dominated the Falcons in game one, allowing just one hit, a two-out single in the first inning, while striking out 13 batters in the shutout. She was helped by some stellar defensive plays in the game, including a nice stop in the hole by sophomore shortstop Kayla Tykosky in the sixth inning, and a diving catch of a pop-up by freshman catcher Isabelle Mudgett for the first out in the seventh inning. Offensively, the Rams only managed five hits, but two of them came in the first inning and put the Rams ahead quickly. Senior Lauren Pasciak led off the game with a line single up the middle. She was sacrificed to second base by junior Alli Hickox, and scored when Peyton Wells singled to right. Pasciak struck again in the fifth inning, when her long triple scored fellow senior Morgan Ruchty from first base following her two-out walk. In game two, the Rams jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the first inning on the strength of five singles and a walk. They eventually increased the lead to 8-1 before things got interesting in the seventh, as East Kentwood had five consecutive batters reach base after the first out. They scored four runs to narrow the lead to three runs, and had the tying runs on base before Graham shut the door by striking out the final hitter and saving the win for Rockford. Hitting stars in game two included Graham, who helped her own cause tremendously by collecting three hits including a long homerun to left-center in the fifth inning. Wells had four singles, and senior catcher Karli Showers had two hits and a walk. Other base hits came from Tykosky, Mudgett, Ruchty and Pasciak. The Rams then hosted Jenison with great anticipation on Thursday, […]

Varsity softball team defeats Jenison 2-0 on senior night

May 21, 2009 // 0 Comments

It was the same old story for the Rockford Rams varsity softball team Monday afternoon, May 11, as they once again defeated the Jenison Wildcats by the score of 2-0. This time, the Rams got it done in the standard seven innings, unlike the 13-inning marathon the teams engaged in earlier this season. Although the length of the game was different this time around, there were a number of similarities besides the obvious final tally. The game once again featured stellar pitching by Tricia Graham, some outstanding plays by the Ram defense, and a couple of big hits at key times to propel the Rams to the victory, which improved their OK Red record to 10-3 (22-5 overall), good for second place in the conference behind Hudsonville. Graham, the Rams’ sophomore hurler, allowed just two hits and one walk while striking out seven Wildcat batters. The only serious threat she faced was in the fourth inning when Jenison got a two-out single for their first base runner of the game. After the next batter walked, Graham buckled down, got the next batter to strike out swinging to end the inning. The Rams got on the board early in the contest thanks to another big hit by the Wildcat killer, centerfielder Lauren Pasciak. “LoLo,” who smacked the game-winning hit in the first meeting between the two teams, ripped a hard line drive toward center field, which eluded the Wildcat outfielder and made it all the way to the fence. The hit was ruled a triple, and Pasciak scored on a throwing error from the outfield to the cutoff. The Rams clung on to the 1-0 lead for the majority of the afternoon. Junior catcher Karli Showers helped thwart a potential Jenison rally in the top of the sixth inning. With a fast runner already on second base with just one out, Showers made a spectacular diving catch of a fouled bunt attempt on the third-base side. Graham then calmly got the next batter to pop out to second baseman Taylor Sergent to end the inning. The Rams gave themselves a little breathing room in the bottom of the sixth inning as Peyton Wells smacked a triple over the head of the right-fielder for a one-out triple. […]