Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rogge's Arm Not Enough; Raiders End Postseason; the Ace Strikes out 16 in Her Last High School Softball Game, but Deltona Still Takes a 3-1 Win in the Regional Tournament

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Rogge's Arm Not Enough; Raiders End Postseason; the Ace Strikes out 16 in Her Last High School Softball Game, but Deltona Still Takes a 3-1 Win in the Regional Tournament

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Byline: STEPHEN KINDLAND

She did everything in her power to win Friday night's Region 1-6A softball quarterfinal against Deltona, but Orange Park High School senior ace Ryan Rogge found herself in an all-too-familiar situation.

After striking out three hitters in a row with the bases loaded in the first inning, Rogge went on to strike out 13 more Deltona batters. But weak hitting and seven Raider errors led to a 3-1 loss Friday, marking the second straight year Orange Park -- which entered the game ranked No. 1 among Florida's Class 6A schools -- ended its season after the first round of a regional tournament.

Last year, Rogge struck out the first 14 batters she faced and 19 for the game, but a misjudged fly ball to right field gave Oviedo a 1-0 quarterfinal victory in eight innings.

"It's really tough to get stuck here each year," Rogge said. "It really hurts."

The loss to Deltona brought an end to an otherwise stellar career for the pony-tailed blonde, whose orange softball spikes became a fixture on the decades-old field.

Rogge (21-4) closed out her senior year with 375 strikeouts -- 50 more than last year, when she also compiled a 0.45 earned run average.

Her only regret before leaving to play at Western Kentucky on a scholarship, she said, is not having made it further into the postseason.

"It would have taken hits to win," Rogge said after Friday's loss. "We played like it was the first game of the season."

Even though Deltona's 12-9 record hardly matched up against Orange Park's 22-3 mark entering the game, the Wolves found a way to win by putting the ball in play as much as possible and forcing the Raiders to make defensive plays.

Orange Park's fourth and fifth errors led to the game's first run in the fourth inning, but the Raiders responded with a run in the sixth to pull into a 1-1 tie.

After starting pitcher Kathleen Nichols kept Orange Park scoreless the next two innings, Nichols scored what proved to be the game-winner after she led off the eighth with a single, reached second when Rogge hit the next batter and scored on an catching error by Kym Collins at the plate.

Orange Park coach Amy Walker said she believes her team got caught overlooking the Wolves. …

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