Rocket softball shoots to 9-2 start to season

Junior Brianna Calder of Rockford connects for a hit for the team that is off to a 9-2 start after going to state last season. (Photo by Bill Nord)

Junior Brianna Calder of Rockford connects for a hit for the team that is off to a 9-2 start after going to state last season. (Photo by Bill Nord)



Rockford softball improved to 9-2 after two more wins Monday against Kimball. The win total may have been higher had all games last week not been rained out.

Coach Dawn Engebretson said her players were not sure what to do with the nice weather Monday. What the team did was continue to play well, winning 4-1 and 6-2.

Sophomore outfielder Hannah Carlson helped power the 10-hit attack by going 3 for 4 with a double as the leadoff hitter. Senior Kaylee Schumacher went 3 for 3. Other runs were driven in by junior Brianna Calder, sophomore Caitlin McNeal and sophomore Bria Majeski, who pitched a 4-hitter with 12 strikeouts in six innings.

In the second game, Schumacher and junior McKenzy Belanger both went 2 for 3. Carlson and Caitlin McNeal both provided triples and Allison McNeal slammed the team’s first home run of the season.

Allison also pitched the win, yielding eight hits in six innings. The conference decided to make all double header games six innings instead of seven. Caitlin McNeal moved from second base to take Allison’s spot at third when she went to pitch and fielded nine balls in the game.

This week the Rockets will play three double headers on the road before finally playing a home game Friday, May 9 against Monticello. Rockford plays at Pierz Thursday, May 8. Home games next week are Monday, against Maple Lake and Tuesday against Holdingford.

Boys host home golf meet

Rockford’s boys home conference golf meet is 4:15 p.m. Friday, May 9 at Shamrock Golf Course. The team plays at Howard Lake Monday, May 12.

The team is fresh from placing fourth out of 15 teams at Monday’s Annandale Invitational when shooting 340. Dassel-Cokato won the meet with 312.

Captains Ty Griffin and Brody Harstad led the way with each posting a score of 80. Ben Skinner shot 87 and Colton Stecker had 93.

“We finally had had some sun and no wind, so it was a beautiful day to play golf,” said coach Bruce Koenen, taking a shot at the wet and cold weather so far this season.

The girls golf at Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa Friday, May 9, before going to Osakis Monday, May 12.

Girls coach Steve Petroski said his team got together Friday for a non-conference match against Fridley at Shamrock. On the extremely wet course, Rockford’s low score belonged to Haley Woodrich with a 49.





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