WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR SOCCER SCORES COMEBACK WIN
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer scored a 3-2 comeback win over Whitehall on Monday in non-conference action.
After falling behind 2-0 early on in the contest, WMC freshman Natalie Riksen scored two goals late in the first half to tie the game at 2-2 at the half.
In the second half, Anna Sytsema fired a shot from 25-yard out that ripped past the keeper and into the top shelf of the net for what proved to be the game-winning goal.
“This was a great game for us to start the week,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “The girls have had a lot of games on short rest and it seems to take awhile for us to get our legs and shape. The girls seem to come alive with the first goal. Natalie scored that first goal by simply outworking a defender and, like Friday night, found the side netting.
“The second goal was with about 10 seconds on the clock in the first half. Claudia Kingma took a quick restart and found Sytsema on the flank. With the time counting down, Anna sent a great ball across the box to sophomore Adayla Liggett, who touched the ball to the back post and Natalie finished again, placing the ball just past reaching keeper.
“The third goal came from a great drop pass to midfielder Anna Sytsema, who took the shot from about 25 yards out. We were able to close out the game from there and get a big win at home.”
The Warriors improve to 5-8 overall and will host Manistee on Wednesday night.
BUCCANEER SOFTBALL SWEEPS MONTAGUE
The Grand Haven softball squad scored a non-conference doubleheader sweep of Montague on Monday. The Buccaneers scored wins of 12-6 and 12-2.
GAME 1: Grand Haven 12, Montague 6
After trailing 4-1 through five and a half innings of play, the Grand Haven offense erupted in the bottom of the sixth for 11 runs to roll to a 12-6 win.
Madison Shumaker was on the rubber for Grand Haven. She allowed six hits and two runs over four innings, striking out three and walking one.
Shumaker was also the Bucs’ leading hitter with three hits and two RBIs, while Kaelyn Stafford added two hits and two RBIs.
Jackie Crow and Alyssa Spencer each added two RBIs, while Ashlyn Hall, Haley Aldred and Sadie Murray each added one RBI.
"We had to be patient today against Madison Carroll,” said Grand Haven head coach John Hall. “She is a hard-throwing pitcher, who is verbally committed to Olivet. She had a tendency to be wild, and we held to our offensive gameplan of being patient. She started walking our batters, and we took advantage of that by putting up a huge inning in the sixth with 11 runs.”
GAME 2: Grand Haven 12, Montague 2
The Grand Haven bats stayed hot in the nightcap against the Wildcats, cruising to a 12-2 win in five innings of play.
The Bucs fired up the offense in the first inning, as a stolen base during Kaelyn Stafford's at-bat turned into an RBI triple just one pitch later to start the scoring barrage.
Grand Haven’s big inning came in the fifth, when the Bucs scored five runs to clinch the mercy-rule victory. Megan Faber, Baby Hang, Ashlyn Hall and Haley Aldred each had RBIs in the big inning.
Madison Shumaker got the start for Grand Haven. She lasted five innings, allowing eight hits and two runs while striking out three.
Hall, Aldred, Hang and Shumaker all managed multiple hits for Grand Haven. Hall went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs to lead the Bucs, while Hang swiped three stolen bases on top of three RBIs at the plate, as the Bucs ran wild on the base paths with nine stolen bases as a team.
LAKER SOFTBALL ROUTS COOPERSVILLE
The Spring Lake softball squad stayed perfect on the season with a 13-0 rout of Coopersville in five innings on Monday in O-K Blue Conference action.
Leah Vaughan pitched a one-hit shutout from the circle to lead the Lakers to another dominant win.
Eight Spring Lake players had a base hit in the game, while 10 players scored a run. Linsey Paggeot led the Laker hit parade with three hits, including two doubles and finished with four RBIs.
Lauren Hellman, Madelyn Nelson and Lauren Somers each had two hits.
The No. 3-ranked Lakers are now 15-0 overall and 9-0 in the O-K Blue.
LAKER BASEBALL SHUTS OUT COOPERSVILLE
The Spring Lake baseball team notched a 5-0 shutout win over Coopersville on Monday in O-K Blue Conference action.
Zach Foster went seven innings, giving up three hits and no runs, with three strikeouts and one walk to take the win from the mound.
Griffin Lorimer went 2-for-3 from the plate with an RBI to lead the Laker offense, while Rylan Peets went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and Pierce Glore went 1-for-3 with a run scored.
LAKER TENNIS FALLS TO GRCC
The Spring Lake girls tennis team dropped an O-K Blue Conference rivalry match against Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Monday by a score of 7-1.
Bringing home the only victory for the Lakers was No. 2 singles player Jensen Hussey. Hussey took the first set 6-3 and was able to clinch the win in a tough back-and-forth second set battle 7-6 (7-4).
The Lakers travel to Sparta for their next Conference match Wednesday.
TROJAN TENNIS DISPATCHES GR UNION
The Fruitport girls tennis team had no problems with Grand Rapids Union on Monday, as the Trojans scored an 8-0 sweep of the Red Hawks in O-K Black Conference play.
Scoring wins for Fruitport were: Trinity Busscher at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-1), Haleigh Winskas at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-1), Olivia Parling at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-2) Hannah Kelly at No. 4 singles (default).
Hannah LaBash and Emily Dirkse at No. 1 doubles (6-0, 6-0), Alison Blakeman and Katie Dirkse at No. 2 doubles (6-0, 6-0), Audrey Split and Summer Woodring at No. 3 doubles (6-0, 6-2) and Jillian Hawley and Ella Kestner at No. 4 doubles (default).