by Dave Pedersen
Sun PRESS Newspapers
Rockford finally got the season started by hosting the school’s first softball invitational tournament Saturday at the Corcoran fields.
The inability to practice or play outdoors showed in losses to Zimmerman and North Branch. Then on Monday, Rockford found its groove in a double-header sweep of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted when six home runs helped produce 26 runs.
At the Rocket blast tournament Saturday, Zimmerman scored all three runs in the first inning and made them stand in the 3-2 victory. The Rockets scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth inning when Brianna Calder singled, Ashley Dick doubled and Katelynn Pedersen doubled to drive home Calder and Dick. The inning ended with runners on second and third.
Rockford almost came back in the bottom of the seventh but a double play ended the threat and the game. Calder went 3 for 3 with a double. Megan Bode, Dick and Pedersen each had one hit.
Lexi Majeski pitched the first four innings, giving up three runs, one earned. Sister Bria Majeski pitched three innings, along two hits and no runs scored.
“We had some errors that hurt us in the first inning, but then settled down nicely,” said coach Dawn Engebretson. “We had some really nice hits right at players.”
The second game was captured by North Branch 7-2. Rockford scored two runs in the top of the third inning when Courtney Schmidt singled and reached third base on Calder’s double. Hannah Carlson drove in both runners with a single.
North Branch scored one run in the third, four in the fifth and two more in the sixth. Engebretson adds how “We had a total of five errors in the game. North Branch is too good of a team to give that many free outs to and get away with it.”
Pedersen just missed a homerun in the top of the sixth. Calder was 3 for 4 with two doubles and 2 RBIs, Dick was 2 for 3 and Schmidt, Thingvold and Carlson each had one hit. Lexi Majeski pitched allowed two hits in three innings. Brian Majeski yielded eight hits in three inning of pitching.
Rockford blanked HLWW 11-0 in the first game of a double header Monday. Calder was 3 for 4 with a double. Dick was 2 for 3 with a double and home run. Lexi Majeski had two doubles and a homer when going 3 for 4. Madison Read was 2 for 3 with a double and Pedersen was 2 for 4 with two doubles. Lexi pitched allowed two hits.
Megan Westrup powered the offense in a 15-1 win in the second game. Westrup was 3 for 3 with a double and two home runs, including a grand slam.
Carlson went 3 for 3 with a triple. Amanda Thingvold was 2 for 3, Dick 2 for 3 with a home run and Lexi Majeski was 1 for 1 with a home run. Bria Majeski pitched the win, yielding five hits.
In the other four-team Rocket tourney bracket, Henry-Sibley beat Washburn 10-0 for the title.
Rockford is home to Eden Valley-Watkins Friday, May 3, home to Kimball Monday, May 6 and home to Pierz Thursday, May 9.
Rockford baseball is home against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa for a double header, 4 p.m. Thursday, May 2. The Rockets play at Kimball for two games Monday, May 6 and at Pierz Thursday, May 9. The Rockets opened the season earlier in the week, after this issue went to press.
Girls golf has a home conference meet set for Friday, May 3 at Shamrock. Another home meet is Monday, May 6 against Orono at Shamrock.
Track is at the Princeton Invite Thursday, May 2 before going to Orono Wednesday, May 8.
Boys golf plays at Pierz May 2, at Osakis May 6, at Albion Ridges May 7, at Baker National May 8 and at the Becker Invite at Pebble Creek May 9.
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