Rockford varsity softball

Ram softballers primed for solid season

April 12, 2012 // 0 Comments

by RANDY GREGORY¬† New Rockford varsity softball coach Troy Brown welcomes back a plethora of returnees to the 2012 squad, but still feels that the Rams are basically a young team in general. “We are in the great position of welcoming back quite a few players from last year’s team,” said Brown. “But at the same time, we don’t have an abundance of upperclassmen. If we can play solid defense on a daily basis, we will be pretty darn good. We already scrimmaged last year’s state champs [Mattawan] and held our own. I think we feel that if we can carry over that type of effort into every game then we will be a force. We are working really hard at becoming more consistent. This team is extremely talented, but when combined with our youth we will have to be careful to not lose focus.” There are only two seniors on the team, but both are returning All Conference players in Kayla Tykosky and Carmen Zeboor. Tykosky will hold down the fort at second base and Zeboor will become the primary pitcher for the Rams, while having to fill the large shoes of now Central Michigan University pitcher Tricia Graham. Rockford will also primarily feature only three juniors, Hannah Pattok (RF), Isabelle Mudgett (3B) and Rachel Feinauer (LF), as part of the regular rotation in the field. Meanwhile no fewer than four sophomores and a freshman have earned their way into starting positions. The sophomore contingent is comprised of Karlee Tykosky (CF), Jessi Ramos (C), Lexi Brown (1B) and Ashley Mengyen (P). Mackenzie Vallad is the lone freshman, and the talented infielder will be right in the forefront as the starting shortstop for last year’s OK Red runner-up. The OK Red is an absolute meat grinder in both the preseason rankings and historically. Grandville is ranked third and Hudsonville seventh in the Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association Division I preseason rankings. Rockford, Jenison and West Ottawa all currently reside in the honorable mention portion of the poll. No other league in the state has a collection of five teams rated so highly from an eight-team field. Brown previously spent two years as the varsity coach at Forest Hills Northern and two years as the […]

Softball season ends in district finals

June 11, 2009 // 0 Comments

Rockford’s varsity softball team made it to the district finals by defeating Kenowa Hills 14-0 before falling to a spirited Northview team by the score of 4-0 in the finals on Saturday, May 30. Despite a disappointing ending to a season that seemed to end too soon, the Rams will remember numerous exciting triumphs and celebrate vast improvement throughout the season. In the opening scrimmage against Reed City before the team traveled south for spring training, the team-which had lost four starters (three of whom went on to play college softball) off the squad that made it to the state quarterfinals a year ago-looked like an inexperienced team. But with a productive spring training trip to Fort Myers, Fla., and through the hard work of the girls and the coaching staff, the Rams improved quickly and got off to a fast start, winning their first 10 games, including an exciting walk-off win against Byron Center to capture the Rockford Invitational. The Rams battled the competition in the tough OK Red conference, finishing third in the league behind Hudsonville and Jenison despite beating the Wildcats twice in exciting pitchers’ duels. The Rams suffered some disappointing losses along the way, dropping a game to Grandville and then East Kentwood. Ultimately, that inconsistency cost the Rams another district title as the bats went silent against Northview’s senior pitcher Samantha Glonek. Northview’s defense also made some sparkling plays to thwart potential Ram rallies, and their offense came through with enough big hits to end the season for Rockford. On their way to the finals, the Lady Rams pounded Kenowa Hills behind another shutout for sophomore ace Tricia Graham, who struck out 13 en route to her 13th shutout of the season. Graham finished the season with a 21-7 record and now has 43 wins in her career as just a sophomore. She also broke her own strikeout record with 338 for the season. Graham helped herself at the plate as well with three hits and three runs batted in against the Knights. Leadoff hitter Carly Shutich scored four times and had a triple in each game at the district tournament. Senior left-fielder Sadie Jensen also tripled, and juniors Haley Pattok and Morgan Ruchty added doubles in the big win […]