LAKER SOFTBALL SWEEPS CALVIN CHRISTIAN
The Spring Lake softball squad stayed perfect on the season with a doubleheader sweep of the No. 5-ranked team in Division 3, Grandville Calvin Christian, on Friday afternoon.
The Lakers came away with a 6-3 win in the opener and a 12-6 victory in the nightcap.
GAME 1: Spring Lake 6, Calvin Christian 3
In Game 1, Madelyn Nelson had two hits and scored three runs, while Linsey Paggeot also had two hits from the plate.
Leah Vaughan was the winning pitcher from the circle, striking out eight.
GAME 2: Spring Lake 12, Calvin Christian 6
In Game 2, the Lakers pounded out 12 hits to account for their 12 runs. Alicia Mumby led the offensive attack with three hits, while Leah Vaughan and Jenna Core each had two hits.
Lauren Somers was the winning pitcher from the circle.
Spring Lake is now 10-0 on the season and will host rival Fruitport on Monday at 4 p.m.
LAKER SOCCER ROLLS ANOTHER LEAGUE FOE
The Spring Lake girls soccer team closed out a busy week of O-K Blue Conference action with another shutout victory.
The Lakers traveled to Coopersville and exited with a 5-0 win over the Broncos.
Junior Laney Peasley carried the Spring Lake offense with a hat-trick. Peasley was assisted twice by senior Emily Batts and once by sophomore Phoebe Saunders. Saunders also connected with junior Taylor Colquitt, who scored two goals on the night. Junior Madeline Zenas grabbed another assist in the win.
Junior keeper Kamryn Lewkowski earned a shutout win behind the impressive play of holding junior midfielder Kate Gilchrist.
On Wednesday, the Lakers trampled the Panthers of Comstock Park by a score of 8-0. Senior Emily Batts led her team with a hat trick, scoring off passes from junior Laney Peasley (who tallied three assists on the night), junior Taylor Colquit and sophomore Phoebe Saunders.
Junior Keara Fritsche added two goals, one off a ball from junior Ashley Knollinger. Also scoring for the Lakers was Phoebe Saunders, senior Lilly Saunders, and junior Madeline Zenas.
Junior keeper Kamryn Lewkowski earned the shutout win, standing strong behind the resilient Laker defense line of freshman Kate Lewkowski, sophomore Lauren Hewitt, junior Sara Gray and senior Lilly Saunders.
BUCCANEER BASEBALL SHUTS OUT EK
The Grand Haven baseball team scored a 3-0 road win over East Kentwood on Thursday in O-K Red Conference action.
Freshmen pitcher Ethan Prins tossed a three-hit shutout for the Bucs from the mound, striking out seven batters, while only walking two.
Offensively, Owen Krizan tripled with one-out in the first inning and scored two pitches later on Ryan Mattson's single to left.
Sophomore third baseman Alex Kapala lead off the fourth inning with a double to right field and was plated by Connor Worthington's double to right centerfield. Ethan Prins then moved Worthington to third with a groundout to the first baseman. Worthington later scored from third on Hunter Brown's single to left field to complete the Bucs’ scoring for the night.
The rest of the night belonged to Ethan Prins, who cruised his way through the East Kentwood line-up and only allowed two base runners the rest of the night. The Bucs are now 5-4 on the season.
Krizan went 2-for-4 with a triple and a run scored, senior catcher Ryan Mattson went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, sophomore Alex Kapala was 1-for-1 with a double and three walks and scored a run and sophomore Connor Worthington had an RBI double in the fourth inning.
TROJAN SOCCER ROLLS KENOWA HILLS
The Fruitport girls soccer team scored a 7-2 road win over Kenowa Hills on Friday in O-K Black Conference action.
The Trojans jumped out to a 1-0 lead early, as Jaydie Hanks found Ellie Fisher, who slotted a shot attempt past the Kenowa Hills keeper for a Fruitport goal. A few minutes later, the Trojans allowed a penalty kick that was converted by the Knights to knot the score at 1-1.
Fisher would strike again, scorching the net on an assisted strike to put the Trojans back in front. However, Kenowa answered again off a 35-yard strike to knot the game at 2-2.
Not to be outdone, Fisher, Isabelle Raven and Lauren Peterson added goals in the first half to help Fruitport to a 5-2 advantage at halftime.
In the second half, the Trojans added two insurance goals as Fisher and Raven each added a goal. Assisting on the goals for the Trojans were Hanks, Fisher, Peterson and Raven.
Fisher led the Trojan attack with four goals, while Raven added two and Peterson had one.
Madalyn Fett added two saves as the Trojans improve to 4-3-1 overall and 3-1-1 in the O-K Black. Fruitport squares off against Whitehall next Wednesday in non-conference action.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR GOLF TAKES FOURTH
The Western Michigan Christian boys golf team took fourth at the Ludington Invitational on Friday at the Lincoln Golf Course in Ludington.
In the loaded field of 20 teams, the WMC boys battled through the wind and cold, while producing a 368 on the day.
Grandville placed first with a 341, followed by Whitehall in second with a 361 and Ludington produced a 366 for third-place honors.
The Warriors' fourth-place finish put them in front of the likes of Mount Pleasant, Pentwater, Manistee, Fremont, Coopersville and Big Rapids.
Junior Daniel Vanbiesbrouck medaled with an 86 and tied for a sixth-place as an individual. Senior Owen Alfree placed 10th with a score of 87.
WARRIOR BASEBALL SPLITS WITH ORCHARD VIEW
The WMC baseball team split its doubleheader with Orchard View on Friday. The Orioles took Game 1 by a score of 7-2, while the Warriors scored a 16-6 win in Game 2.
Game 1: Orchard View 7, WMC 2
Jamo Goorman led the Warriors from the plate with two hits to highlight the WMC effort.
Game 2: WMC 16, Orchard View 6
Brant Zeerip took the win from the mound, while Goorman added three hits. Zeerip, Jake Moser, Michael Kamps and Andrew Hill all recorded multi-hit games with two hits apiece.
"In the first game, we walked too many lead-off batters and they end up scoring every time," said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. "We did a better job in the second game of getting ahead in the count and getting more groundball outs. Our team is built on defense, so when our pitchers are keeping the ball low, it gives our defense a chance.
"Offensively, it was great to see Jake Moser, Michael Kamps and Andrew Hill have great games at the plate. Goorman has really been hitting the ball hard all week, so to have five hits on the day was a good sign for us, as well. We are looking forward to opening league play at home on Tuesday against Ludington."
WMC record now is 8-2 overall on the season.
WMCC SOFTBALL FALLS TO OV
The Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team opened its Lakes Eight Conference season Friday, dropping its doubleheader to Orchard View by scores of 17-2 and 17-1.
In the opener, Orchard View jumped out to a 6-0 lead after two innings and put seven more runs on the board in the third to put the game away. WMCC scored a run in the third, when Abby Sweetman (WMC) led off with a double and came home on a Taylor Mosher (WMC) groundout. Maria Sanocki (MCC) scored the other WMCC run in the fourth, when she reached on a bunt single, advanced on a passed ball and scored from second on a Hannah Nestell (WMC) groundout.
Catherine Bradford-Royle (WMC) collected the other WMCC hit, a single in the first inning. Sophie Hawke (WMC) pitched all four innings for WMCC.
It was a similar story in the second game, as Orchard View jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the first and cruised to their second win of the day.
The WMCC offense was limited to just two hits, one each for Sanocki and Hannah Pell (WMC). Sanocki and Sweetman each pitched two innings, with Sanocki picking up two strikeouts.
WMCC is now 4-6 overall and 0-2 in Lakes Eight Conference play.
"Orchard View is a strong team, featuring an explosive offense and top-tier pitching," said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. "We saw both of those things today. There's a reason they're undefeated, and they earned two more wins today.
"I was happy with how we stayed together as a team, made some good plays in the field and made consistent contact at the plate. Games like today reveal the true character of a team. I was pleased to see how we came together as a team and played hard until the final out."