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Ram baseball drops two to Grand Haven

By Jeannie Gregory, 05/15/18, 6:15PM EDT

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Ram Trey Herblet smacks a hit. ~ Photo by Jeannie Gregory

The Ram varsity baseball team dropped two games to the Grand Haven Buccaneers in a double header played Tuesday, May 15. Rockford fell in the first game 3-1, and dropped the second 2-1 in a heartbreaking loss that required a marathon 11 innings. The losses move Rockford’s overall record to 18-7.

In the 3-1 loss, the Rams actually jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Logan Lee knocked a single, and showed some prowess on the base paths. Lee stole second, earned third on an error, and ran home on a wild pitch to score for the Rams. Grand Haven had a big fifth inning, plating all three runs to earn the 3-1 lead, and that’s where it stood for the rest of the game. Rockford was 5-for-22 at the plate, with Jake McLean, Khale Showers, Logan Lee, Trey Herblet and Paul Reinke (2B) each recording a hit. Lee suffered the loss on the mound despite having an impressive outing. Lee went all seven innings, giving up three runs on four hits and two walks, while striking out nine.

In the second game, Grand Haven jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Rockford answered tying it in the bottom of the third. Ram Trey Herblet led off the inning with a walk, and with the help of several Ram players, was able to steal his way to home to earn the Ram run. Both pitchers kept the opposing team away from home plate until the top of the eleventh inning when Grand Haven was able to push the winning run over the plate. The Rams actually had more hits for the game, tallying 12, with Grand Haven netting 10.

James Bird paced Rockford with two hits, and Jack Richardson and Zach Marshall each smacked a double, with Richardson tallying the sole RBI for the game. Also recording a hit for the Rams were, McLean, Showers, Jake Engelkes, Grant Martin and Reinke. Three Ram players shared pitching duties on the mound, with Engelkes going eight innings, giving up one run on seven hits and two walks, while striking out seven. Eric Zeboor went one inning giving up one hit and one walk, while striking out two. Martin threw the final two innings, giving up one run on two hits and one walk, and fanning one.