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Rams softball team outlasts Jenison 2-0

May 7, 2009 // 0 Comments

  The most recent chapter in the well-documented rivalry between two of the area’s powerhouse softball programs-Rockford and Jenison-was an epic battle of will and grit. The battle was eventually won by the visiting Rams in 13 innings by the score of 2-0 behind the dominant pitching of Tricia Graham, great defensive plays, and the clutch hitting of Lauren Pasciak.   The Rams had threatened a few times in the game, but were not able to come up with the big hit until the top of the 13th inning. The inning began quietly as Jenison’s pitcher, junior Kendra Thomas, retired the first two batters she faced. But then junior right-fielder Morgan Ruchty got things going with a perfectly executed slap hit past the pitcher. When she beat the throw from shortstop, the rally had begun. Ruchty then stole second base to get into scoring position for senior shortstop and co-captain Carly Shutich. Shutich worked the count and held off on a tough three-two pitch that was just off the plate for a hard-earned walk to set the stage for Pasciak, who had already doubled to deep centerfield earlier in the game.   Pasciak, the left-handed hitting junior, went with the pitch and laced a bullet to deep left-center to bring home the eventual game-winning runs for the Rams as pandemonium broke out in “Ram nation.” Armed with the lead, Graham retired the first two batters in the bottom of the 13th before allowing a bloop single. But in the very next at-bat, when senior co-captain Alex Fulbright raced over into foul territory and snagged a pop fly near the third base dugout, the huge victory was secured for the Rams.   Coach Casey Munger-Dunham was thrilled with the effort of her team, saying, “What a game! I’m so proud of our Lady Rams for their persistence. They have demonstrated their willingness to go the distance a couple of times now during this start of the season. It’s one of the qualities that make this year’s group so special. They are willing to continue fighting and to keep a positive attitude no matter the circumstance. Offensively, we had some nice hits. However, in the top of the 13th, we strung a couple together, which were key […]