BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Rockford’s boys golf team was able to squeeze in the first league meet of the season Friday when weather was still kind of warm and courses kind of playable.
The Rockets opened defense of its Central Minnesota Conference title by winning the first event at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa. Rockford scored 170, defeating Osakis by 13 strokes.
“Ty Griffin came out playing in mid-season form with the medalist round of 38,” said coach Bruce Koenen. “Brody Harstad had the second best score overall with a 41, Ben Skinner shot a 45 and sophomore Nathan Aarsvold shot a 46.”
Koenen says he was really impressed with his team’s scores because the day prior was the first time Rockford could play on a golf course.
“On the way home from BBE my players reminded me that we have won eight conference meets in a row and our goal is to win every one this year,” adds Koenen.
The next meet is Thursday, April 17 when Rockford plays at Milaca in both an 18-hole match for the varsity and JV.
Rockford found itself playing a bit short-handed when losing to Zimmerman 3-0 in the season opener at home Friday.
Coach Randy Griffith said he had only nine players after three could not be there for various reasons. The Rockets started the game with 10 players but Alex Beyers fouled a ball off his face and suffered a concussion.
Sophomore pitcher Kyle Bode started the game, allowing just two hits and one run in five innings. Nick Tully finished the game and both Zimmerman runs were scored due to Rockford errors.
The Rockets managed just one hit, collected by Tommy Traen.
Rockford plays at Kimball, 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17 and is home against Maple Lake, Monday, April 21.The team also is home against Eden Valley-Watkins, Thursday, April 24.