Ram seniors pose with their parents. ~ Contributed Photo
By Jeannie Gregory
The Ram varsity baseball team faced off against OK Red opponent West Ottawa for a double header, Tuesday, May 22. The Rams were able to claim both games, topping the Panthers in a close one 2-1, and then decidedly winning the second 6-2. The wins move the Rams’ overall record to 22-8 on the season.
In the 2-1 victory, Ram hurler Logan Lee pitched a complete game gem, going seven innings on the mound. Lee gave up only one run on four hits and one walk, while fanning nine to claim the victory. West Ottawa scored first, plating one run in the top of the first inning. Rockford answered with two runs in the bottom of the third. Ram Paul Reinke started out the inning with a single, and was followed by a single Jake McLean. Khale Showers drew a walk, and then Jake Engelkes smashed a double to left field. That would be all the scoring for the game from either side, with Rockford claiming the 2-1 win. The Rams were 4-for-22 at the plate, with Engelkes going 2-for-3 with two RBI. Jake McLean and Reinke each collected a hit to round out the Rockford bats for the game.
The 6-2 second game win was not a sure thing until the fourth inning, even though the Rams jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Jake McLean singled to right field, followed by a walk by Trey Herblet. Showers singled to the infield to move the runners. With bases loaded, Engelkes reaches first on an error by the left fielder, scoring McLean to score the go-ahead run. West Ottawa was able to tie it up in the top of the fourth, plating a run, to knot the score 1-1. Rockford answered loudly in the bottom of the inning, pushing four across the plate. Cody Sterkenburg started out the Ram hit parade with a single down the left field line. Zach Schamp followed with a single to center and Alex Miller earned first on a hit-by-pitch. Jake McLean pushed a run across when he was hit by a pitch, also. Trey Herblet hit a two RBI single to centerfield to plate both Schamp and Miller, and McLean scored on a wild pitch to move the score to 5-1 to break the knot. West Ottawa was able to get one back in the top of the sixth, and the Rams answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning, with the game ending in a 6-2 seven-inning Rockford victory.
Rockford also paid tribute to their graduating players, hosting Senior Night. The Rams honored seniors James Bird, Khale Showers, Jake McLean, Trey Herblet, Eric Zeboor, Logan Lee, Paul Reinke, and Austin Engelsman.