Bucs softball celebrates seniors
The Grand Haven softball team celebrated seven special departing seniors Friday night with a 10-4 romp of West Ottawa.
Haley Aldred, Megan Faber, Ashlyn Hall, Baby Hang, Riley Rademaker, Alyssa Spencer and Erika Suchecki received a well-deserved curtain call after playing seven and one-third innings, all subbing out of the game for a standing ovation at home.
“Tonight, we honored our seven seniors,” said Grand Haven head coach John Hall. “All seven of them got the start. These seniors have held onto the motto that they created by setting the standard for themselves and future Buc softball players. They have devoted many hours, weeks, months and years to the game of softball and to Grand Haven. I couldn’t be more proud.”
The Bucs continued that standard of excellence in play Friday, taking an early lead and never looking back.
Aldred cracked an RBI double to get things started in the first inning for her first of a perfect 4-for-4 performance. A four-run sixth inning blew the game open. Grand Haven totaled 14 hits in the game with Aldred, Hang, Kaelyn Stafford and Faber all managing multiple hits.
Madison Shumaker took the win in the pitching circle, surrendering four runs on six hits over seven innings with six strikeouts and one walk.
Bucs tennis seventh at regional
The Grand Haven girls tennis team concluded its season Thursday afternoon with the Division 1 regional championship tournament, finishing seventh with six points.
No. 1 singles player Lilja Plumert led the Bucs with a semifinal appearance in her flight. Plumert earned a bye through the first round as the No. 2 seed before defeating her second-round opponent 6-4, 6-3. In the semifinals, Plumert fell to an opponent from Rockford, 6-0, 6-1, falling just one win short of a state-qualifying finish.
No. 2 singles Sam Korecki played well, despite losing her opening-round match, fighting for a three-set loss to the No. 4 seed, 6-1,4-6, 6-4.
No. 3 singles Alyssa Hatzel took her first match against Kalamazoo Loy Norrix, 6-1, 6-1, before facing the No. 1 seed from West Ottawa in the semifinals, falling 6-2, 6-2.
No. 4 singles Grace Smit dropped her first match to East Kentwood, 6-1, 6-0.
In doubles action, No. 1 pair Laura Slocum and Ellie Slater swept their first match, 6-1, 7-5, before again running into the No. 1 seed from Rockford in the second round, falling 6-1, 6-0.
No. 3 doubles Sam Huyler and Lexie Kalio won their first match in dominant fashion, 6-0, 6-0, before facing the No. 2 seeds from West Ottawa and falling 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 pair of Chloe Kamminga and Taylor Kleyn managed a few wins in their opening round loss, falling 6-4, 6-3; while the No. 2 pair of Miya Vliet and Clare Duplissis dropped their opening round match 6-2, 6-2.
“Overall, our draw was not great,” said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. “But, the girls gave everything they had. Our region is always tough with West Ottawa and Rockford both being in the top six in the state. I am proud of the team this year. Their character on and off the court was outstanding and I’m looking forward to a bright future for the Bucs.
Western Michigan Christian
Warrior baseball splits with Orchard View
The Western Michigan Christian baseball team took on Orchard View for a Lakes Eight Conference doubleheader Friday night, winning Game 1, 5-2, but dropping Game 2, 2-0.
Brant Zeerip took the win in Game 1, throwing six and one-third innings while racking up nine strikeouts. Michael Kamps threw five innings in Game 2 while picking up eight strikeouts. Jameson Goorman threw two innings of relief, surrendering zero runs.
Nick Moser led the offense with two RBIs, while Sam Liggett, Nathan VanderWeide, Micah TerHaar and Goorman each had two hits on the day.
“We played two really good baseball games tonight,” said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. “Unfortunately, we came up short in the second game. Our pitchers did a fantastic job. The difference was a home run by Orchard View in the second game.
“I liked how we continued to work hard, throw strikes and play great defense all day. Our young guys are really starting to develop as TerHaar has been catching and swinging really well, Cole Crabtree is playing great at third base, and Liggett has done great at first all season, and Carson VanHekken is doing well behind the plate. We have a lot of games over the next week as the weather warms up.”
Warrior track takes on regional championship
The Western Michigan Christian track and field teams took on their Division 4 regional championship at Saugatuck on Friday.
Freshman Abby Vanderkooi won the Warriors’ only regional championship, finishing first in the 3,200-meter run at 10 minutes, 36.17 seconds, more than one minute ahead of second place.
Also qualifying for the state finals on June 1 were Sarah Vanderkooi (2:37.17) and Ava Rotman (2:38.87) in the 800; Josie Aardema in the 3,200 (12:43.40); Anika Eenigenburg in the 100 hurdles (18.25); and Raina Luhring in the discus (86-2).
Brandon Sytsema picked up an automatic qualification for state in the 400, finishing second in a personal best time of 53.24.
Eli Rotman (4:43.10) and Jack Zuidema (4:44.80) finished third and fourth overall in the 1,600-meter run, both qualifying for state.
Also qualifying for the Warrior boys were Zuidema in the 3,200 (10:20.21); Caleb Croff in the 300 hurdles (45.57); Khanya Mbutuma in the 300 hurdles (46.08) and the long jump (18-7); and Evan Ruiter in the discus (120-4).