Rockford 14, Grand Rapids Northview 12: Rockford softball team holds on for district title
on May 31, 2014 10:03 p.m.
Rockford scored nine runs in the top of the sixth inning and held off a furious rally by Grand Rapids Northview to claim a 14-12 win Saturday in a Division 1 district final.
Rockford’s nine-run inning was fueled by four walks and two errors, but Northview responded with three runs in the sixth and five in the seventh to pull within two. It had the tying run at the plate with two outs, but Rockford outfielder Emily Smith made a diving catch to end the game.
“In the bottom of the seventh, we had to keep our focus when they rallied back,” Rockford coach Troy Brown said. “Our motto is OPW – One Pitch Warriors — and we really talked about that today. I was confident that being down 7-5, we would at least tie it up.”
Rockford’s MacKenzie Vallad had a team-high four hits and four RBIs.
Teagan Shomin led Northview with three hits, including a double and a triple and five RBIs.
“Rockford capitalized on a two-out error and accumulated most of their runs after that,” Northview coach Tyler Shomin said. “They made the best of the opportunities we gave them. I’m really proud of my girls. Most teams would have hung it up. We actually had a chance to tie it, and if not for a diving catch in the outfield we might still be playing.”
Northview graduates seven seniors, but Shomin said the future still looks bright.
“Our sophomores had a really good day today,” Shomin said. “They really showed up today and next season bodes well for them.”
Rockford beat Greenville 10-7 in eight innings in the semis.