Rockford 12U fastpitch 2nd at Star of North tourney

The Rockford 12U girls fastpitch team placed second at the Star of the North Tournament in St Cloud June 22.

Rockford played five games, going 3-2, two needing extra innings and the winner decided by an international tie-breaking format.

Rockford’s 12U fastpitch softball team took second at the recent Star of the North tournament in St. Cloud. Front row, left to right, Keeley Hertle and Celia Hoffman. Second row: Alyssa Nelson, Victoria Nelson, Erin Hopkins and Samantha Stivers. Back row: coach Justin Roggenkamp, Riley Bolton, Madeline Altmann, Alexa Heidgerken, Molly Nooyen, Caity Hickey, Cassandra Majeski, Tori Milo and coach Alica Hoffman.

Rockford’s 12U fastpitch softball team took second at the recent Star of the North tournament in St. Cloud. Front row, left to right, Keeley Hertle and Celia Hoffman. Second row: Alyssa Nelson, Victoria Nelson, Erin Hopkins and Samantha Stivers. Back row: coach Justin Roggenkamp, Riley Bolton, Madeline Altmann, Alexa Heidgerken, Molly Nooyen, Caity Hickey, Cassandra Majeski, Tori Milo and coach Alica Hoffman.

The event opened with an 8-5 loss to Brainerd after Rockford jumped to a 5-0 lead in the first inning. Madeline Altman stuck out 11 batters in the loss.

Rockford held on to edge Sartell 9-8 in the second game. Alexa Hiedgerken and Caddie Majeski shared the pitching duties in the victory. Game three against St. Cloud was decided by the tie-breaker. Each team starts with a runner on second base and one out. A single drove home the winning run for Rockford. Altmann finished the game with 10 strikeouts.

Altman got 13 of the 15 outs on strikeouts as Rockford beat Sauk Center in five innings to advance to the title game, a rematch against Brainerd Blue.

Trailing 2-0 in the last inning, Rockford scored twice to send the game to extra innings, but lost the tie-breaker 3-2.

“The girls played hard and never gave up,” said coach Justin Roggenkamp. “I was impressed with the determination and toughness the team played with throughout the day.”

Rockford’s 12U Tier 1 team participates in the Crow River Fast Pitch Association and is 4-6 in league play. 

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