WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR SOCCER NETS RIVALRY WIN
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team used a fast start and strong finish to net a narrow 2-1 win over rival Muskegon Catholic Central on Wednesday in Lakes Eight Conference action.
Ten minutes into the contest, Maddie Woods connected with Emily Rosema, who ripped a shot past the MCC keeper from 18-yards out to give the Warriors a 1-0 lead. Just 10 minutes later, Abby Oppenhuizen took a cross pass from Woods and buried the shot in the net to give the Warriors a 2-0 halftime lead.
The Crusaders would get on the scoreboard with three minutes left in the game to draw within one, but the Warrior defense would fend them off the rest of the game.
"We played very well tonight against a great team," said WMC head coach David Hulings. "MCC was missing a couple of their top players and it certainly made a difference in their attack. But, we had two very good goals tonight that would have been great goals against most teams. I thought this was one of our better passing games of the season and we got better with our off-the-ball movement.
WMC moves to 8-9 overall and 6-1 in league play. With the win, the Warriors are currently tied with MCC in the Lakes Eight Conference. The Warriors will host Orchard View on Tuesday for their final league contest of the season.
WMCC SOFTBALL SWEEPS MUSKEGON
The Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team scored a non-conference doubleheader sweep of Muskegon on Wednesday by scores of 18-1 and 23-4.
GAME 1: WMCC 18, Muskegon 1 (three innings)
In the opener, Muskegon scored a run in the top of the first, but it was all WMCC after that, scoring nine runs in the first and second innings to claim the 18-1 mercy-rule win in three innings.
The WMCC offense recorded nine hits and 10 walks. Leading the way at the plate was Hannah Pell (WMC) with three hits and three RBIs, while Maria Sanocki (MCC) added two hits and an RBI. Catherine Bradford-Royle (WMC) drove in two with one hit.
Sanocki picked up the win from the circle, throwing three innings of one-hit ball, striking out four.
GAME 2: WMCC 23, Muskegon 4 (three innings)
In the second game, WMCC jumped out to a 5-0 lead, but Muskegon quickly responded with a run in the bottom of the first. A seven-run second inning for WMCC opened up a 12-1 lead. Muskegon battled back with three runs in the bottom of the second inning, but an 11-run third inning for WMCC put the game away.
Every WMCC batter had at least one hit with Sanocki (three hits and four RBIs) and Rebecca Ter Haar (WMC, three hits and two RBIs) leading the way. Pell and Abby Sweetman (WMC) each had two hits.
Sweetman earned her first high school varsity victory, pitching three innings without giving up a hit and striking out three.
WMCC is now 7-13 overall and 1-6 in Lakes Eight Conference play.
"It was a beautiful day for softball and a good day for WMCC softball," said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. "There were lots of highlights on the day, including two inning-ending double plays and first-year players Soli Gordon (MCC) and Katelyn Fooks (MCC) getting their first hits of the season.
"It was also good to see Abby Sweetman get her first win as a pitcher without giving up any hits. We'll have some adjustments to make as we face Orchard View on Friday. For today, though, we'll take the wins and build from here."
WMC BASEBALL SPLIT WITH NEWAYGO
The Western Michigan Christian baseball team split a non-conference doubleheader with Newaygo on Wednesday. The Warriors took the opener 9-1, while the Lions bounced back with a 9-2 win in the nightcap.
GAME 1: WMC 9, Newaygo 1
Michael Kamps was the winning pitcher for the Warriors, going six innings and striking out three, while Jake Moser added one inning in relief, striking out two.
Tyler VanBeek led the WMC offense with two hits and three RBIs, while Brant Zeerip added two hits and Nathan VanderWeide had a hit and scored three runs.
GAME 2: Newaygo 9, WMC 2
Cam Beisel led the WMC offense with one hit, one RBI and one run scored.
"We were very patient at the plate in the first game, drawing nine walks and banging out nine hits, as well,” said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. "The second game, we had some hard-hit balls, but they were just right at their defense. Newaygo hit the ball well in the second game, so give credit to them.
"Tyler had a great day hitting, especially in the first game for us. I brought him in after we got really slim on pitching the second game, and he did very well, throwing four innings for us. Defensively, Nic Moser made two diving catches in the outfield and Jamo Goorman also made a great diving catch of his own. Cam Beisel was back behind the plate tonight and did a solid job for us, as well. Playing six games in five days is tough on our pitching staff, especially with a league doubleheader scheduled for Friday."
WMC moves to 13-7 overall and will travel to Orchard View on Friday.
TROJAN BASEBALL ROUTS MCC
The Fruitport baseball team used a strong game from the plate to propel them to an 11-1 win over Muskegon Catholic Central on Wednesday in Lakes Eight Conference play.
Logan Wadland was the starting pitcher for the Trojans, going five innings, giving up one run on four hits and three walks with five strikeouts.
Parker Tawney and Lucas Kleyn recorded two hits to lead the Fruitport offense, which totaled 10 hits and five walks.
TROJAN TENNIS BLANKS WMC
The Fruitport girls tennis team closed out its regular season with an 8-0 shutout win over Western Michigan Christian on Tuesday.
The Trojans were led by Trinity Busscher at No. 1 singles (6-0, 6-0), Haleigh Winskas at No. 2 singles (6-1, 6-0), Olivia Parling at No. 3 singles (6-1, 6-0) and Hannah Kelly at No. 4 singles (6-0, 6-0) to sweep the singles flights.
The duo of Ashleigh Welty and Emily Dirkse at No. 1 doubles added a 6-2, 6-2 win, Hannah LaBash and Rachel Weiland scored a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 doubles, Katie Dirkse and Alison Blakeman won by default at No. 3 doubles and Summer Woodring and Audrey Split capped off the event with a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 4 doubles.
The Trojans will now prepare to take on the regionals Friday at Ferris State University in Big Rapids.
LAKER GOLF FINISHES THIRD
The Spring Lake boys golf team came out in third place at their O-K Blue Conference jamboree at Western Greens Golf Course on Tuesday.
The Lakers were neck-and-neck with Grand Rapids Catholic Central and Grand Rapids West Catholic, but couldn't close the gap on the Falcons, who finished first with a 158.
The Cougars and Lakers both carded a 159 to finish tied for second, but Catholic Central won the fifth-player tiebreaker to take sole possession of second place.
Nick Krueger put in another solid performance with a tournament-best one-under-par 34. Zach Lisman (41), Jack Odgen (41), Chance Fry (43), Adam Boes (46) and Jake Johnson (52) closed out the scoring for the Lakers.
The Lakers are tied for first place with West Catholic in the conference standings with 41 points, while Grand Rapids Catholic Central is in third place with 39. The last remaining league event is the O-K Blue Conference Championship tournament at L.E. Kaufman Golf Course on May 24.