~ Photo by Douglas Photography
ROCKFORD – The Rams freshman softball team played back-to-back games, Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7-8, and came away with two victories. Rockford was able to roll over Coopersville 19-4 on Tuesday, and then downed Caledonia 10-9 the next night.
In the Coopersville game, the Rams scored 5 runs in the first inning, 10 in the second and four in the third in the mercy-shortened affair. Rockford was 8-for-19 at the plate as a team. A duo paced the Rams - Sydney Platek going 2-for-3 and netting five RBI for the Rams and Caitlyn Johnson going 2-for-3 with a double and tallying two RBI. Rhiannon Magrill went 2-for-2 with two walks and an RBI. Audrey Wendtland (1 RBI), and Kiera Jones each added a hit to the Rams’ cause. Kylie Timmermans earned the win in the circle going three innings giving up four runs on two hits and three walks, while striking out six.
The second game against Caledonia showed what the Rams are really made of. Rockford found themselves in an 8-0 hole after the top half of the first inning against the Fighting Scots. The Rams started whittling away at that lead, not giving up. The team scored four runs in the bottom of the stanza, and then four more in the bottom of the second to tie it 8-8. Ram pitcher Wendtland continued to stifle the Caledonia bats while the Rams gained a 10-8 lead after three. Caledonia was able to plate a run in the top of the fourth to move it to 10-9, but that was all the offense they could muster under Wendtland’s pitching and the Rams claimed the victory.
Wendtland earned the victory in the circle giving up nine runs on no hits and eight walks, while striking out four. The Rams were 8-for-15 at the plate, with Timmermans and Wendtland going 2-for-2 with Timmermans bagging two RBI and Wendtland hitting a double and recording one RBI. Magrill went 2-for-3, and Trinity Vega (1 RBI) and Christina Winter each had a hit.