Bucs soccer defeats Hudsonville
The Grand Haven girls soccer team hosted Hudsonville on Tuesday, picking up a 3-0 O-K Red Conference victory.
The Bucs struck first at the 38:26 mark of the first half on a textbook, full-field transition as keeper Hannah Brackenbury sent a long ball to Avery Richardson at midfield, who touched it forward for Alli Keyser to run it down and convert the one-on-keeper situation. The 1-0 lead held into halftime.
Just four minutes into the second half, Jenifer Dear added an unassisted goal. 16 minutes later, Ellery Bylsma drew a rush by the Eagle keeper, ricocheting a shot off the charging goalie. Miya Luckey rushed the rebound and cleaned up the deflection, bringing the game to its final tally.
The win improves Grand Haven to 9-3-2 overall and 6-2-1 in conference.
Buccaneer baseball downs Rockford
The Grand Haven baseball team took on Rockford in a must-win O-K Red Conference doubleheader Tuesday. The Bucs won Game 1, 3-1, and held a tie through 10 innings in Game 2 before the contest was called for darkness and scheduled to resume Thursday.
GAME 1: Grand Haven 3, Rockford 1
The Bucs scored three runs in the fifth inning and held the Rams to their lone run in the second inning to take a big conference win Tuesday night.
Owen Krizan took the victory, throwing a complete seven innings, allowing one earned run on five hits with two strikeouts and three walks.
Alex Kapala led the offense with 2 RBIs on one hit. Jax Mast tallied Grand Haven’s final RBI. Landon Keeler, Connor Worthington, Riley Wilcott and Tyler Harp also recorded one hit each.
Buccaneer softball splits with Rockford
The Grand Haven softball team took on Rockford for a pivotal O-K Red Conference matchup Tuesday, dropping the first game, 15-5, and winning the second, 14-8.
GAME 1: Rockford 15, Grand Haven 5
The Bucs lost the lead late in Game 1, as it was tied up at five in the bottom of the fourth inning when Rockford blasted a four-run home run to blow the game open.
Madison Shumaker took the start for Grand Haven, throwing three and one-third innings, allowing nine runs on eight hits. Megan Faber threw one and one-third innings of relief.
Kaelyn Stafford led from the dish, finishing 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Grand Haven, including hitting her fifth home run of the season.
GAME 2: Grand Haven 14, Rockford 8
The Bucs bounced back in Game 2, using a five-run sixth inning to take control.
Baby Hang toed the rubber for Grand Haven, allowing 13 hits and eight runs over seven innings with two strikeouts.
Haley Aldred, Stafford, Hang and Shumaker each tallied multiple hits in the victory, with Stafford and Aldred knocking three apiece. Aldred converted six RBIs to lead the offense.
“That was a really good team that we took on today,” said Grand Haven head coach John Hall. “They absolutely pounded the ball in the fourth and fifth innings of Game 1. I challenged the girls between games to put it behind them and they came out disciplined and full of energy in Game 2.
“It is always nice for the team to win the season series against the defending O-K Red Champs.”
The win improves the Bucs to 14-9 on the season and 8-6 in conference.
Laker softball perfect at Comstock Park
The Spring Lake softball team defeated Comstock Park in O-K Blue Conference doubleheader action by a total score of 30-0 Tuesday, winning 12-0 and 18-0, featuring a perfect game by Lauren Somers in Game 2.
GAME 1: Spring Lake 12, Comstock Park 0 (5 innings)
Leah Vaughan was the winning pitcher allowing one hit and striking out 11 in the five-inning mercy. Vaughan was sharp at the plate, too, collecting a double, a triple and three RBIs.
Linsey Paggeot led the way on offense with four hits and five RBIs. Lauren Hellman, Madelyn Nelson and Molly Poole each added two hits.
GAME 2: Spring Lake 18, Comstock Park 0 (3 innings)
Somers picked up the win, throwing three perfect innings with five strikeouts.
Seven Lakers had two hits, led by Vaughan’s two doubles and four RBIs. Alicia Mumby hit a grand slam home run and Alyssa Bowen tallied two hits, scoring three runs.
The wins improve to 24-0 overall and 14-0 in the O-K Blue.
Trojan girls demo GR Union
The Fruitport girls soccer team traveled to Grand Rapids Union on Tuesday, picking up a dominating O-K Black Conference victory, 8-1.
Ellie Fisher and Maddie Wescott netted two goals apiece for the Trojans, while Lauren Peterson, Isabelle Raven, Lena Cook and Kylie Oberlin added single goals to round out the Fruitport scoring.
Raven tallied three assists on the night, while Mia Thompson and Oberlin each converted one. Marina Vela recorded four saves in net.
The victory improves the Trojans to 8-5-1 overall and 7-2-1 in conference play. They return to action Thursday night as they host Reeths-Puffer for an O-K Black showdown.