WMC soccer tops Lakes Eight
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team picked up a Lakes Eight Conference championship Monday with a 3-0 win on the road at Orchard View.
The win leaves the Warriors at 6-7-2 overall and 5-1-1 in conference.
Senior captain Morgan Kinnucan scored the first and second goals of the game, assisted by fellow senior captain Emily Rosema and Adayla Liggett. Senior captain Anna Sytsema completed the first-half blitz with a goal, cleaning up a rebound from a hard shot by Kinnucan.
Defenders Grace VanBeek, Maddie Pearce, Abby Oppenhuizen and keeper Libby Mast recorded the shutout.
“Our three senior captains wanted to make sure we secured a conference championship in this game,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “And all three contributed.”
WMC returns to the pitch Wednesday to kick off the district tournament against Hart.
Warrior baseball edged by MCC
The Western Michigan Christian baseball team took on rival Muskegon Catholic Central for a single game Monday night, falling 10-8.
Brant Zeerip led the offense with three hits, including a home run and five RBIs. Jameson Goorman added two RBIs on two hits, while Nick Moser recorded 2 RBIs, Cole Crabtree a double, and Sam Liggett, Ben Garretson and Micah Terhaar single hits.
“Tonight was a tough loss,” said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. “We had the lead going into the seventh inning and just couldn’t hold it. Credit to Catholic for swinging the bats well that inning. Nathan VanderWeide pitched really well for five innings. Our defense was very good as well, we just couldn’t get that third out in the seventh. We swung the bats very well all game with several players getting key hits. Brant is playing at a very high level right now and we need him to maintain there as we look toward districts.”
Laker lax begins playoff run
Spring Lake boys lacrosse kicked off their playoff journey with a 10-5 victory over Petoskey at home.
The visitors put up a fight in the pre-district round matchup, trailing just 2-1 at the first break, 4-3 at halftime and 8-5 through three quarters before the Lakers locked in and pulled away.
Dom and Danton Molotky led the offense with three goals apiece, while Danton added a pair of assists. Sean Carrns netted two goals, while Colby Brown, and Erik Arends each added one. Gavin Alban converted two assists.
The Lakers took 43 shots over the course of the game and finishing 1-for-2 on man-up opportunities, as Petoskey put together a squeaky clean game of lacrosse.
Spring Lake will continue their journey in the regional semifinals at home Wednesday with a high-power rematch with Reeths-Puffer.
Laker softball sweeps Whitehall
The Spring Lake softball team took two hard-fought wins over Whitehall on Monday by scores of 6-1 and 9-5.
Leah Vaughan took the win in Game 1, giving up six hits to go with 11 strikeouts in the complete game.
Avery Flynn and Jenna Core had two hits each, while Molly Poole had two RBIs.
Flynn took to the pitching circle for Game 1, with Vaughan finishing the game for a four-out save. Core led the offense with four hits, while Janna Ercole racked up five RBIs on just two hits. Alicia Mumby chipped in with a pair of hits.
All nine Laker starters recorded at least one hit Monday.
The wins improve Spring Lake to 27-3 overall. They play their last home game of the season in a doubleheader vs. Allendale today. The Lakers sit a No. 6 in Division 2, while Allendale holds No. 8. Both teams are undefeated in the O-K Blue.
Trojan softball downs Holland Christian
The Fruitport softball team took on Holland Christian for a single game Monday night, winning 8-3.
Jenna VanderVelde, Willo Staal, Kristen Lord and Jayne VanderVelde all recorded multiple hits in the win. Cassie Kohnke pitched a complete game, allowing three runs on eight hits with six strikeouts.