Ram softball and baseball teams sweep PCM
By SUE RIEDER
Two Ram pitchers had stellar performances on Thursday night, leading to a baseball and softball sweep of PCM teams. The home games were originally scheduled for May 26, but were postponed due to rain.
Senior Riah Nelsen was superb on the mound, pitching the first no-hitter of his career and leading the Rams to a 10-0 victory. Nelsen fanned 11 batters, while issuing just two walks. The experienced hurler also drove in four runs on a double and two singles and stole home on a delayed steal when the Mustang’s catcher wasn’t paying attention. Colton Fitzpatrick had an RBI single, and Daric Whipple, Reid Lamoureux, Jordan Hostetler, and Tyler Beger also hit singles. Jordan Challen and Dylan McConnell each recorded an RBI on deep sacrifice fly balls that they hit with teammates on third base. “We’ve had a great start in our first two games,” said coach Mark Sawhill. “We are pitching well, hitting well, and having fun.”
Across town at the softball diamond, the Ram softball team defeated the PCM 2-0. The girls knew that the PCM girls would be challenging. The Mustangs won the conference last year and returned many of their players. Marissa Promes had an excellent night pitching. After struggling with her control somewhat the previous night, Promes used a variety of pitches to record nine strike outs, while giving up two hits and walking no one. PCM’s pitchers were stingy also. Kayla Jennings and Rachel Freland were both all-conference pitchers in 2014, and the Rams only got five hits off of them. Fortunately, four of the Ram hits were in the fifth inning when Hannah Onken and Emma Saddoris singled, and Tressa Rasmussen reached base on a field’s choice. Sydney Koch drove in two of her teammates with a double that hit the top of the fence and bounced back into the field of play. “I am glad that I drove in two runs, but at the time, I was a little disappointed that it didn’t go out.” said Koch. Emily Christensen and Bailey Godwin also singled in the game, but both of them were stranded on base. “Marissa looked good tonight,” said coach Tom Kennedy. “I told her that I didn’t want to see that girl that pitched the first game, and she did well. It was great to shut out a team as good as PCM.”