Core breaks home-run record in rout of Sparta

Tribune Staff • Apr 25, 2018 at 12:39 AM

Spring Lake junior slugger Jenna Core entered Tuesday’s doubleheader against Sparta tied for the school record for career home runs with 16. She broke the tie in extravagant fashion with a grand slam in the third inning of the opening game of the series.

Her slam helped the Lakers to a 16-1 mercy-rule win in Game 1, while senior Linsey Paggeot added three RBIs in Game 2 to help Spring Lake complete the sweep with an 11-5 win.

GAME 1: Spring Lake 16, Sparta 1 (four innings)

Core hit a third-inning grand slam home run to break things open for the Lakers, while Molly Poole had a huge game at the plate with four hits and four RBIs.

Leah Vaughan was the winning pitcher, allowing four hits and striking out five in the four-inning mercy. Vaughan also had three hits and scored four runs at the plate.

Game 2: Spring Lake 11, Sparta 5

Paggeot led the Laker attack with two hits and three RBIs, while Madelyn Nelson scored three runs. Alicia Mumby had a big 2-run double, while Lauren Somers picked up the win on the mound.

Spring Lake is currently ranked No. 5 in Division 2 and improves to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the O-K Blue Conference.

The Lakers will play at Sparta on Thursday, followed by a home doubleheader against Grandville Calvin Christian on Friday. The Squires are ranked No. 5 in Division 3.

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