BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
The Majeski sisters, Lexi and Bria, were just two almost caught singles away from pitching back-to-back perfect games for Rockford in a double header sweep of Kimball Area Monday.
Lexi, a senior, allowed no hits or walks in the 10-0 victory, while striking out 10. The Rocket defense was flawless in the perfect game that went five innings because of the 10-run rule.
“It has been quite a while since I have seen a perfect game,” said coach Dawn Engebretson. “Lexi mainly was blowing hitters away with her fastball. We did not want her to throw many off-speed pitches because maybe that is what Kimball can hit.”
Rockford scored all 10 runs in the first inning. Rockford had only six hits, but Kimball pitchers walked five batters, hit two others and the defense made three errors. Sophomore Brianna Calder led Rockford with two hits.
In the second game of the double header, Bria Majeski, a ninth-grader, allowed just two hits in the 15-0 victory that also lasted five innings. She had five strikeouts and no walks.
Bria also helped power the offense by collecting three of the 14 hits. Hannah Carlson also had three hits, one a double.
Rockford is home to Pierz for a double header Thursday, May 9. It is the last home game until next year because the area is being used to help construction of the new football stadium. The Rockets play at Maple Lake Monday, May 13 and at Holdingford Tuesday, May 14.
After losing the first two games of the short season, Rockford has won four straight.
It took a while, but Rockford finally opened the baseball season with a double header split against Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted last week.
Something unique happened in the 3-2 first-game victory when pitcher George Faue pitched the first three and a third innings before leaving the game when hit by a line drive.
After Nick Tully had to pitch the next two and a third innings at the spur of the moment, Faue had recovered enough to re-enter the game and pitched the final inning to earn the win.
Faue allowed three hits and Tully yielded two, plus got the winning hit. Drew VanDehey was 3 for 4 and Brock Deering had two hits.
In the 8-2 loss to HLWW in the second game, Deering went 3-3 and drove in both runs.
Rockford also split a double header against Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Thursday. In the 5-4 loss, Faue pitched a complete game, allowing no earned runs and just four hits. The Rockets led 4-2 with two outs in the last inning when a throwing error allowed two runs to score to tie the game.
The Rockets rebounded to defeat BBE 8-4 when Brendon Schumacher got three hits and Jordan Redepenning drove in three runs. Deering pitched a complete game win.
On Monday of this week, Rockford lost 5-0 and 5-3 to Kimball Area. Despite only striking out twice in the first game, Rockford managed just two hits and had base runners in most innings. Faue struck out eight batters in four innings of work.
In the second game, Deering and Aaron Pietsch both collected two hits. The Rockets came back to tie the game in the fifth but lost when Kimball homered in the last inning.
Rockford is home against Maple Lake Monday, May 13 and against Holdingford Thursday, May 16.
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