by RANDY GREGORY The Rockford varsity softball team struggled to a 0-4 record on the week against a pair of solid opponents. The Rams first dropped a pair of games to West Ottawa on Tuesday, May 8, by scores of 7-2 and 5-3. They then fell twice on Thursday, May 10, to the two-time defending Division II state champions from Stevensville Lakeshore by scores of 10-4 and 4-2. The losses dropped Rockford’s record to 17-12 on the season, but it was a learning experience for a young Ram squad, according to Rockford Coach Troy Brown. “West Ottawa threw a four-year starter on the mound against us in both games, and Stevensville Lakeshore is a powerhouse program year after year that is ranked first in the state again this year,” said Brown. “Except for some uncharacteristic defensive lapses during the week, we were right there and just couldn’t come up with a key hit to put us over the top. The growth of this team from the beginning of the year up till now is amazing. We will benefit from this and move forward.” The Panthers of West Ottawa and Rockford both totaled 18 hits in the two contests. The Panthers strung theirs together and the Rams didn’t; it was as simple as that. Ashley Mengyen suffered the loss in the opener in a route-going performance. Mengyen allowed 10 hits and walked three while striking out six. Carmen Zeboor had a double and Hannah Pattok had both runs batted in (RBIs) for Rockford. Zeboor took the loss in the nightcap while allowing eight hits, walking three and fanning two. Megan Port, Isabelle Mudgett and Lexie Brown all had a pair of hits for Rockford. Lexie Brown’s hits were both doubles and she had all three RBIs. The Rams committed four errors in the first inning of the opening contest against Stevensville Lakeshore to fall into a quick 4-0 hole they couldn’t crawl out of. Mengyen took the loss and gave up 11 hits while walking three and striking out three. Kayla Tykosky had a triple and Mackanzie Vallad and Rachel Feinauer added doubles. Zeboor had six strike-outs while walking three and allowing only seven hits in the back end of Thursday’s twin bill. Mudgett had a […]
Rockford Varsity Softball Team
by RANDY GREGORY The Rockford varsity softball team now stands at 4-0 in OK Red play after thumping Grand Haven twice last week by scores of 13-1 and 13-5. That sets the stage for a pivotal week for the Rams as they travel to Grandville on Tuesday, May 1, and Hudsonville on Thursday, May 3, for a pair of doubleheaders that will go a long way toward deciding the eventual conference champion. Rockford also pounded Greenville twice on Monday, April 23, by scores of 12-6 and 10-0. They closed out the week by making the trek to Mount Pleasant on Saturday, April 28, where they went 1-2. All four Ram losses this year have been in tournament settings and by only one run. The Rams lost to West Branch Ogemaw Heights 4-3 and Mount Pleasant 3-2 before regrouping to pummel Beal City 13-3. “We saw some tougher pitching in Mount Pleasant than we have seen so far this year,” said Rockford Coach Troy Brown. “That will serve us well going forward and prepare us for the type of pitching we will see this week. Grandville and Hudsonville are both excellent teams, and we will need to play our best to come out on top of them.” Ashley Mengyan was the winning pitcher in the first game against Grand Haven and got the save in relief of Carmen Zeboor in the second game. Zeboor had two hits and four RBIs in the opener and Hannah Pattok added two hits as well. Jessi Ramos also chipped in with a two-bagger. Megan Port had three hits in the nightcap and Isabelle Mudgett, Lexie Brown, Rachel Feinauer and Ramos all had a pair of hits. Mengyen and Zeboor pulled off the back-to-back wins against Greenville on Monday also. Lyndsey Bettig tossed the final inning in relief in the opener. Mudgett had four hits in the opener and was aided by Mackenzie Vallad, Zeboor and Brown (three RBIs) with a pair of hits each. Ramos and Brown both had two hits and three RBIs in the second contest, while Port and Vallad added two apiece also. Mengyen was the tough luck loser in both of the losses on Saturday, despite pitching some solid softball. The Rams fell in extra innings […]
Junior pitcher sets record with 18 strikeouts The Rockford varsity softball team defeated the visitors from Grand Haven by scores of 8-0 and 11-1 (five innings) on Wednesday, May 12. Game one featured a pitching clinic by the Rams’ Tricia Graham, who threw her second no-hitter of the season and struck out a team-record 18 batters in the seven-inning contest while walking just two. The Rams’ defense was perfect on the three balls that were put in play by the Bucs. Offensively, Rockford only managed four hits in the game, but were the beneficiaries of 10 walks by Grand Haven pitching and three errors by their defense. The hits in the game were Peyton Wells’ first-inning RBI-triple, and singles by Morgan Ruchty, Alli Hickox and Kayla Tykosky. The Rams scored all of their runs in the first four innings and cruised to victory behind the wizardry of Graham. Game two saw the Rams bust things open in the second inning when they scored five times to take a 6-0 lead. The big inning featured four hits, including Katie Chapin’s two-run single for the final two runs of the frame. Rockford scored four more times in the fifth inning, with the final run scoring after Lexi Bettig’s hard line drive glanced off the glove of Grand Haven’s shortstop, allowing Karli Showers to score. For the game, Lauren Pasciak was the perfect leadoff hitter, reaching base four times on two hits and two walks, while scoring three times. Showers was credited with two RBIs in the game, and Graham drove in one. The winning pitcher in game two was Wells, who scattered six hits while striking out five and walking none, as she improved her record to 2-0 in the conference.