Rockford Softball Team

So close and yet so far for Rockford softball team

June 14, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY Things appeared oh so promising for Rockford as the fifth inning wound to a close against Muskegon Mona Shores in regional action at Jenison on Saturday, June 9. The Rams had just pushed across a run to increase their lead to 3-1, and Ashley Mengyen had allowed only two hits while completely baffling the Sailor batters. Then, the roof seemingly caved in on Rockford. A cavalcade of hits by Mona Shores and errors (both physical and mental) by the Rams led to a four-run outburst that turned a two-run lead into a two-run deficit. Things got even worse for the Rams in the top of the seventh as the same combination of hits and errors led to six more runs crossing the plate for the Sailors. The 11-3 score stood up through the end of the contest and the Sailors advanced to the regional finals against Hudsonville. Hudsonville scored two runs in the seventh inning of the title tilt to edge Mona Shores 2-1 and advance to quarterfinal play. “That was kind of a microcosm of our season today,” said Rockford Coach Troy Brown. “Our theme in most of our losses this year has been to outplay teams for the vast majority of the game, but then have one inning where we kind of lose our focus. We had a lot of chances to build a bigger lead today, but we just couldn’t quite come up with the decisive hit. Give Mona Shores some credit, because they had several well-placed hits, but we played a part in it as well.” Mona Shores got on the board first with an opening inning homer, but Rockford had an immediate retort. Rachel Feinauer doubled in a pair of runs in the bottom half of the first to make it a 2-1 Rockford lead. Mackenzie Vallad singled in another run in the bottom of the fifth to set the stage for the fateful final two innings. Rockford pounded out 12 hits in the contest en route to leaving 10 runners on base. Mona Shores, as a point of contrast, left only four runners on while scoring 11. The Ram hit parade was led by Vallad with a perfect three-for-three showing. Both of Feinauer’s hits were doubles, […]

Rams slug their way to district crown

June 7, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY In a solid display of every facet of the game of softball, the Rockford Rams pounded out a pair of decisive wins to advance to regional play. Rockford topped Greenville in the semifinal contest 14-0 in a five-inning affair. They followed that up by drubbing Northview 10-2 in the finals to move on. “Our young kids combined with our senior leadership to really step it up today,” said Rockford Coach Troy Brown. “We are a young team that battled all year to get ready for the postseason. We have always known we can hit, but today we got excellent pitching and made only one error over the course of two games. We gave up only two runs in two games and showed what we are capable of when we put it all together.” Ashley Mengyan won the opener against Greenville with a steady effort. Fours were wild as Mengyen struck out four, walked four and allowed four hits in going the distance. Offensively, Isabelle Mudgett and Kayla Tykosky were both two for two with a double. Freshman Mackenzie Vallad clouted her first home run of the day and Lexie Brown added a double. Carmen Zeboor was the winner in the circle for the Rams in the championship game. Zeboor fanned four while allowing seven hits to a normally potent Wildcat offense. Zeboor also had a solid game at the plate with a double and single that contributed to a sizzling Ram offense that pounded out 14 hits en route to the win. Karlee Tykosky had a monster game in going four for four at the plate, including a triple, while knocking in five runs. But she was hardly the only contributor. Brown chipped in with three hits, Vallad belted her second homer, Kayla Tykosky had two hits (including a double), and Jessi Ramos added a double. Rockford (25-16) will take on Muskegon Mona Shores at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 9 at Jenison in one semifinal contest. Hudsonville and Caledonia make up the other half of the bracket and will play afterward. The two winners will then face off around 2 p.m. for the right to advance to the Division I quarterfinals the following Tuesday, June 12. “We really know very little […]

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 […]