Rocket golfers brave weather
BY DAVE PEDERSEN
SUN PRESS NEWSPAPERS
Rockford took full advantage of playing baseball with a full roster finally in defeating Eden Valley-Watkins 4-0 and 17-5 Friday.
After opening the season with two close defeats when missing some key players, the Rockets had the entire next week of play washed out. The EVW double header was also rained out Thursday, but played Friday at home when the Rockets had all hands on deck.
In the first game, senior George Faue pitched his fourth career one-hitter, striking out 12. Coach Randy Griffith points out this was done against a traditionally strong program that won the state title three years ago.
Juniors Thomas Reinking and Drew VanDehey both had two hits with one of VanDehey’s being a triple. The story of the game was Faue, who shut the door on EVW.
“George has worked to increase his velocity and he changes speeds more,” says Griffith. “He can be overpowering. He only had one walk.”
For the short season, Faue has yielded just four hits and two runs in 13 innings, striking out 24 and walking three.
After scoring one run combined in the first two losses, Rockford’s bats came to life in the second game against EVW, pounding 18 hits to score the 17 runs in five innings.
Senior Nick Tully led the charge with four hits, one a double. VanDehey collected three hits and scored four runs. Senior Brendon Schumacher had three hits and sophomore Kyle Body had two.
VanDehey pitched the first four innings and Bode relieved, getting a strikeout with the bases loaded. EVW had six hits in the second game.
In four games, Tully is 6 for 11 for a batting average of .545. In two games, VanDehey is 4 for 6 with an average of .667.
Games earlier this week were washed out. Rockford hopes to play at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Thursday, May 1. The Rockets come home for double headers against Kimball Monday, May 5 and against Pierz, Thursday, May 8.
Boys and girls golf
Despite the cold and rain the Rockford boys and girls golf teams were able to play once last week.
The girls went to Pierz last Thursday, playing in pouring rain with temps in the mid-30’s. The team finished sixth of eight teams.
“Needless to say, it wasn’t pretty for a young group with little experience,” said coach Steve Petroski. “The ladies learned a few lessons about playing in sloppy conditions, with most of them not having played in weather like that before. They kept a good attitude.”
Rockford’s boys played at the Mayer Lutheran Four Ball invite at Shadow Brooke golf course. The way it works is a varsity player is paired with a lower level player and the best score of the two on each hole counts. Rockford finished 10th of 16 teams, two strokes in front of Delano.
Pairs were Ty Griffin and Nathan Aarsvold, Brody Harstad and Sam Schunemann and Colton Stecker was with Ben Skinner.
“It was miserable playing with rain, wind and temperatures in the low 40’s,” said coach Bruce Koenen. “It was very wet and slow and it took us six hours to complete the 18 holes. It was hard to feel your hands out there and my players were glad to be done.”
The Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted conference event was moved to May 12 and Monday’s St. Cloud Apollo Invite was changed to May 7. Watch the school schedule for other re-scheduled events.