MAKING THE ALL-TOURNAMENT State Softball Tournament team were, left, Chloe Edgar, Danielle Levtzow, Alicyn Jungwirth and Roni Levtzow.
MEMBERS OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP Rockham girls’ team are, back left, Coach Mark Edgar, Madison Boss, MaKenna Boss, Danielle Waldner, Danielle Levtzow, Alicyn Jungwirth, Kara Baus and Coach Pam Edgar. Front left are Autumn Jungwirth, Jonni Blake, Courtney Albrecht, Chloe Edgar, Roni Levtzow and Rachael Martinmaas.
Rockham went undefeated in their quest for the 2013 Division 3 Girls’ Championship title. It was the second year in a row that the Rockham girls had captured the championship. The State Softball Tournament was held at Sherman Complex in Sioux Falls on Saturday and Sunday, July 27 and 28.
Rockham played their first game at 10 a.m. on Saturday against Elbo Computing, Sioux Falls. The Rockham team shot out to a 6-0 lead in the first inning. With two outs, Kara Baus hit a three-run homer for a total of seven more runs in the second inning. After adding nine more runs in the third inning, the game ended 22-1. “Everyone was hitting the ball solid none-the-less!,” noted Coach Pam Edgar.
Rockham won the next game 15-1 against Vision Care/R&S Racing of Sioux Falls. “Danielle Waldner was very busy in left, making some very nice catches. Kara Baus at third and Rachael Martinmaas at short also added to the stout defensive making outstanding plays,” Edgar said.
At bat highlights: Danielle Levtzow had two singles and two doubles. Jonni Blake added a triple, a home run, a single, and a double. Chloe Edgar and Roni Levtzow each went 4 for 4.
On Sunday morning, Rockham played the 2012 Division 4 runner-up, Lost Cause of Rapid City. Rachael Martinmaas and Roni Levtzow went three for three and Chloe Edgar two for two at the plate. “Lost Cause pitched fast, short, deep…it just didn’t matter,” Coach Edgar said. The second inning was explosive with Rockham’s offense scoring 10 runs on 11 at bats. In the bottom of the second inning, Lost Cause had runners on first and second. With a great catch in right center, Edgar ended the inning and their momentum. In five innings, Rockham won 13-2, advancing them to the championship game.
Nilsson Farms of the Aberdeen league came back through the loser’s bracket to play Rockham for the 2013 Division 3 title. Courtney Albrecht went three for three at the plate. Rockham scored five runs in the second inning, one in the fourth, and five in the sixth.
Defensive highlights were: Makenna Boss took a one hopper in right field and threw out the girl at first base. Rachael Martinmaas added two unassisted double plays. Autumn Jungwirth caught four fly balls and also took a nice one hopper to throw out the lead runner going to second base. In the seventh inning with a runner on first, Chloe Edgar from right center threw a bullet to second base for the second out. With one out to go, a fly ball over second baseman, Roni Levtzow, was called off by Edgar catching the third and final out.
“Alicyn Jungwirth did a fantastic job pitching the entire tournament,” Coach Edgar said. “Good pitching and the highly respected offense/defense out-scored our opponents 61 to 8.
Rockham girls’ softball team wins back-to-back State Championships