Rams defeat Hudsonville and Forest Hills Central Rockford’s varsity baseball team did something that is difficult to do against any team, much less one of the best in the state. The Rams beat Hudsonville for a third time this season in the regional semifinal game. Two of the three games between the Rams and the Eagles were decided by one run and this one went extra innings. Rockford came out on top 6-5 in nine innings by out-hitting the Eagles 11-8 and getting solid pitching performances from fellow lefties, Joe Kropiewnicki and Austin Stephens. Hudsonville drew first blood, offensively, as they scored two runs in the top of the second inning. The Rams answered in the bottom of the second when Christian Leinesch singled, Brent Showers walked, Matt Boonstra singled and Ian Stankus hit a sacrifice fly. Both teams were scoreless in the third and fourth innings. The Eagles plated two more runs in the top of the fifth. Rockford didn’t score in its half of the fifth and was down 4-2. Hudsonville didn’t score in the sixth, but Rockford scored three to take the lead when Showers, Boonstra and Andrew Rademacher singled, and Drew Farmer followed with a double. At the end of six, Rockford led 5-4. The Eagles scored one to tie the game in the top of the seventh. The Rams didn’t score in the bottom of the seventh, and Hudsonville was held scoreless in the eighth and ninth. In the bottom of the ninth inning, Rockford’s Brandon Nostrant singled and reached second on a wild pitch. That was followed by a Shain Showers single and a walk-off double by Tony DiLeo to win the game. DiLeo was injured and couldn’t play in last week’s district competition, but really came through for the Rams upon his return. Rockford was led by Nostrant (2-4, 2B), Boonstra (2-2), Farmer (2-5, 2B, two RBI), S. Showers (1-4), DiLeo (1-5, 2B, one RBI, Leinesch (1-4), B. Showers (1-2) and Rademacher (1-4, one RBI). Defensively, Kropiewnicki got the start and battled a potent Eagle offense the whole way. “Krop” didn’t have his best stuff, but he kept the Rams in contention and was lifted from the game in the top of the seventh inning. He went 6-2/3 […]
Rockford Varsity Baseball
The Rockford varsity baseball team swept Westview High School (Ind.) in a doubleheader on Monday, April 4. The first game was an extra inning battle that went 10 innings. The Rockford Rams jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning, resulting from a Drew Farmer double, Christian Leinesch single, Shain Showers sacrifice fly and Brandon Nostrant RBI single. The Warriors scored three in the third and one in the fourth off Ram southpaw Austin Stephens. At the end of six, the Rams trailed 4-2. In the seventh inning, senior Andrew Rademacher led the inning with a single and junior Farmer hit a two-run homerun to tie the game and take it into extra innings. The game was scoreless in the eighth and ninth innings. In the 10th, the Rams scored the winning run off a sacrifice fly by junior Matt Boonstra, who drove in fellow junior Tony DiLeo. After holding the Warriors scoreless in the bottom of the 10th, the Rams notched a 5-4 win in their first contest of the season. Offensively, the Rams were led by Farmer, who was 3-5 with a homerun, along with junior Nostrant, who was 2-5 with one RBI, and Rademacher, who was 2-3 with one run scored. Fellow senior southpaw Joe Kropiewnicki took over for Stephens in the fifth inning and looked great. Kropiewnicki went the final six innings allowing no runs, one hit, one walk and had eight strikeouts. The line for Stephens on the day was four innings, six hits, five walks, five strikeouts and three earned runs. In the second game, the Ram bats exploded for eight runs in the first inning and one each in the second, third and fourth innings. They won the second game 11-4 and were never in trouble after the huge offensive burst in the first. Everyone joined in offensively including Farmer again, who was 2-3, along with junior Showers, who was 2-4 with a homerun, and DiLeo, who was 2-4 with a double. Nostrant gave a 3-4 performance that included a homerun, and junior Ian Stankus was 3-4 with a triple. Rademacher was 1-2, junior Max Crimp was 1-2, and freshman Kory Young was 2-3 with an RBI. On the mound, senior Caleb Post started the […]
Rockford dropped two one-run games to two very good teams in Indiana over the weekend. In the first contest, the Rams took on Bloomington South and lost 5-6 on Friday, April 8. Bloomington jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning and scored a run in the fourth, two in the fifth and one more in the sixth inning. The Rams scored a run in the second, one in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh, but fell just short of a comeback. Leading the way offensively for the Rams were two juniors. Drew Farmer was 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored, and Matt Boonstra was 2-4 with two RBI and a homerun. Other offensive contributors included junior Brandon Nostrant, who was 1-3, and junior Tony DiLeo, who was 1-3 with an RBI. Senior Christian Leinesch was 1-4 with two runs scored, junior Ian Stankus was 1-3 with a stolen base, senior Mike Bilski was 1-3 with an RBI, and senior Andrew Rademacher was 1-2. Defensively, senior southpaw Austin Stephens got the start and took the loss. Stephens threw 4-2/3 innings while giving up five runs, five walks, four hits and struck out three. Fellow senior southpaw Joe Kropiewnicki came in to get an out. He pitched a third of an inning. Leinesch finished up the game, going one inning and giving up a run, walking three and striking out one batter. In the second game, the Rams jumped ahead of their opponents, Bedford North Lawrence, right away. They scored a run in each of the first, third, fourth and sixth innings. The run in the first came when Nostrant was hit by a pitch and moved over to third base by a DiLeo single. Nostrant then scored on a wild pitch. In the third, the Rams manufactured a run with a DiLeo single, advance to third on an errant pickoff throw, and a ground ball from Boonstra. In the fourth, junior Shain Showers walked and moved to third on a Jesse Edick single. He then scored on a double steal attempt. In the sixth, it was Showers scoring again with a double, a sacrifice bunt from freshman Kory Young, and a sacrifice fly by Farmer. Farmer […]
Last week was a busy one for Rockford varsity baseball. On Monday, April 13, the Rams hosted Greenville for a double-header and won both games. Later in the week, the boys split games with West Ottawa-away on Wednesday, April 15, and at home on Friday, April 17. The Rams hosted their first tournament of the season on Saturday, April 18, and came away with the win. The first game was against Bay City Western, with the championship game victory against Grand Rapids Christian. Overall, the Rams are 8-2 for the start of their season. Their next game was at home against Jenison on Tuesday, April 21. On Thursday, April 23, the Rams travel to Jenison for a game at 4:30 p.m., and the Rogers Wooden Bat Tournament begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 25. Rockford splits games with Greenville, away on Monday, April 27, and at home on Wednesday, April 29. You can also see the results of these games in upcoming issues of The Rockford Squire, and online at www.rockfordsquire.com.