Shain Showers

Rockford beats Kenowa Hills in district baseball opener

June 9, 2011 // 0 Comments

Rams defeat Northview to win district title On Saturday, June 4, at Northview High School, Rockford won their first district game 11-2 behind another great pitching performance by senior left-hander, Joe Kropiewnicki. Kropiewnicki did what he has done all year, utilizing pinpoint accuracy and keeping the hitters off balance. Kropiewnicki cruised through the first and second innings facing only seven batters. He struck out the last two batters in the second and the first two batters of the third for four consecutive strikeouts. Then, with two out in the third, Kenowa Hills’ Chad Makarewicz reached on an error. That was followed by doubles by Matt Neal and Greg Chulski to score Kenowa Hills’ only two unearned runs. Kropiewnicki breezed through the fourth and fifth innings as well. In the sixth, he got into a bit of a jam by allowing two consecutive singles and his only walk to load the bases with no outs. He then proceeded to strikeout the next batter, induce a shallow pop fly to right field, and strike out the final batter of the inning to strand all three runners. He worked a 1-2-3 seventh to seal the win. Kropiewnicki’s line was 7 IP, 7 H, 2 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 9 K. He moved his record to 9-0 on the season and has an ERA just above one. The Rams’ offense was explosive and they also benefited from nine walks doled out by Kenowa Hills pitchers. Rockford scored two runs in the first when Drew Farmer and Brandon Nostrant walked, Shain Showers singled, and brother, Brent Showers (who is freshman brought up for the tournament), hit a sacrifice fly. In the second inning, Bryan Baldwin walked, as did Andrew Rademacher. Farmer singled and Christian Leinesch singled to score two more. The Rams garnered four more runs in the third when Ian Stankus walked and Rademacher, Farmer and Nostrant all singled. Rockford was scoreless in the fourth and fifth. In the sixth the Rams scored one more when B. Showers doubled, Stankus walked for a third time, and Baldwin hit a sacrifice fly. Rockford’s final two runs came in the seventh when Farmer walked, Nostrant and Leinesch singled and B. Showers doubled. Offensive leaders were Farmer (2-3), Nostrant (3-4, 2b), […]

Rockford baseball sweeps Hudsonville, wins one at Okemos

May 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

In a match-up between the number two team in the state (Hudsonville) and the number nine team in the state (Rockford), the Rams came out on top. Game one was played in Rockford this past Tuesday, May10, and game two was played at Hudsonville on Thursday, May 12. Rockford then traveled to Okemos for a double header, but only got one game in due to the inclement weather on Friday, May 13. In the first game against Hudsonville, the Rams’ starting pitcher Bryan Baldwin took a no-hitter into the sixth inning. The first two innings, he retired the Eagles in order, faced only four batters in the third and fourth, and then faced five batters in the fifth—all without giving up a hit. Baldwin gave up his first hit in the sixth with two outs, a single to Hudsonville’s Tyler Baar. It was a shutout going into the seventh inning with the Rams up 3-0. Baldwin gave up a leadoff hit and then got two quick ground ball outs. After a second hit and a walk, Coach Ian Hearn made a pitching change, bringing in Shain Showers from shortstop. Showers has done an outstanding job all year, but struggled a bit with the zone, as he walked two batters. Several of the pitches could have gone either way and it would have been a dramatically different outcome. With left-handed hitting Baar coming up again, Hearn made another pitching change, bringing in senior lefty Austin Stephens. As Stephens entered the game, it was Rockford 3 and Hudsonville 2 with the bases loaded. Stephens struck out Baar on three straight pitches to get the save and notch the win for the Rams. Baldwin picked up the win going 6-2/3 innings, while giving up just three hits, two runs, five walks and struck out four. Offensively, the Rams outhit the Eagles by a slim margin (4-3). All three runs came in the third inning when Drew Farmer and Brandon Nostrant were both hit by pitches from Hudsonville’s Baar. Showers then moved them over with a sacrifice bunt and Tony DiLeo followed with a two RBI double. Senior Christian Leinesch then singled and Ian Stankus hit a ground ball to score the third run. Leading the way offensively were […]

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