BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Rockford will finally get started playing on its remodeled softball complex by playing host to the Rocket Invitational, Saturday, April 26.
The four teams will play each other with games set for 10 a.m. noon and 2 p.m. Rockford plays Robbinsdale-Cooper, Bemidji and Washburn in that order. Admission is free and concessions will be available.
After winning three straight games to open the season, the team had “a week off” when weather conditions washed out all action. Rockford returned to the field Monday, losing 8-4 at Maple Lake.
Coach Dawn Engebretson said it was a matter of Maple Lake bunching hits and errors in the third inning when scoring six runs. Maple Lake slammed a 3-run homer to go with three Rocket errors.
On the other hand, Rockford was not putting it all together and not getting timely hits, leaving the bases loaded in both the first and second innings.
The Rockers did score two in the first inning on singles by Hannah Carlson, Brianna Calder and Caitlin McNeal. Another run was scored on a passed ball and another on a single by Calder. McNeil and Calder both had two hits as the team had eight.
Pitcher Bria Majeski worked all seven innings, yielding six hits with seven strikeouts, two walks and one earned run.
Engebretson said the only time her team has been outside on a field this season is for games. Bad weather kept practices indoors. The first home game was played at Delano due to wet conditions on the roads used in the field construction.
Prior to the invitational Saturday, Rockford will play at double header at Eden Valley-Watkins, starting at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24. EVW qualified for the state tourney last season and split two games against Rockford.
Baseball action was also washed out last week. Rockford next plays a double header against Eden Valley-Watkins at home, 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24. The team plays at Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted Monday, April 28 and goes to Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa for a double header Thursday, May 2.
Track and field
After attending the Maple Lake Invitational, 4 p.m. Thursday, April 24, Rockford will host two home track and field meets next week. A Junior High invitational starts at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 29, followed by the varsity invite, 4 p.m. Thursday, May 2.
Boys and girls golf
Rockford’s golf teams get back on course when the girls play a league event at Pierz and the boys are at Howard Lake April 24. The girls play at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa, 1 p.m. Monday, April 28.
Next Tuesday, April 29 the boys are at Osakis and girls at Maple Lake.