BUCCANEER SOFTBALL SWEEPS WEST OTTAWA
The Grand Haven softball team scored an O-K Red Conference doubleheader sweep of West Ottawa on Tuesday, winning by scores of 10-0 and 11-1.
GAME 1: Grand Haven 10, West Ottawa 0
In the opener, the Buccaneers were led by Madison Shumaker, who recorded a shutout victory from the circle. Shumaker went five innings, allowing one hit and striking out nine batters.
Grand Haven took a commanding lead in the fourth inning, when the Bucs scored six runs. Grand Haven's big inning was fueled by singles by Baby Hang and Ashlyn Hall, a sac fly by Shumaker, and a home run by Kaelyn Stafford, her third of the season.
Hang, Jackie Crow, Stafford and Alyssa Spencer all recorded multi-hit games for the Bucs.
GAME 2: Grand Haven 11, West Ottawa 1
The Buccaneers wasted no time jumping in front in the nightcap against the Panthers, as Grand Haven scored six runs in the first inning and cruised to an 11-1 win in five innings.
Hall, Haley Aldred, Gracie Vermurlen, Spencer and Hang all sent runners across the plate with RBIs in the first inning.
For the game, Grand Haven tallied eight hits. Kaelyn Stafford went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead the Buccaneers in hits and she blasted her fourth homer of the year and second of the day. Hall and Aldred both added multi-hit games for the Bucs, as well.
Shumaker picked up her second win of the day from the circle for Grand Haven in Game 2. She allowed three hits and one run over five innings, striking out two.
"It took us a few innings to get going, but man, when we did, it was contagious," said Grand Haven head coach John Hall. "We were disappointed in our performance this weekend, even though we went 2-1. We didn't come close to playing to our potential against the first team we played and it cost us. I told the team that if you accomplished two things today and the games going forward you would win more than you would lose
"The first was to "P2YP", or play to your potential, and the second was "MTRP", or make the routine play. We accomplished both today."
BUCS TRACK SPLITS WITH HUDSONVILLE
The Grand Haven boys and girls track teams split their O-K Red Conference dual at Hudsonville on Tuesday, with the Bucs boys taking a 73-55 win and the Buccaneer girls falling by a score of 82-55.
The Grand Haven boys team won 11 events to take the narrow win over the Eagles.
The Bucs started out strong with a win in the 3,200-meter relay by the team of Dominic Weatherwax, Kyle Eveland, Aidan Martin and Jack Nicholson taking first-place honors with a time of eight minutes, 32.39 seconds.
Collin Takas took first in the 110 hurdles with a time of 17.67 seconds, despite a 20 mph headwind during the race. The 800 relay team edged out a win with Takas, Mason Mahacek, Ethan Peters and Charlie Young with a time of 1:33.70. Young ran away with the 400 (49.98) and 200 dashes (24.29), while Weatherwax took the 800 with a time of 2:09.24.
Nicholson led the way in the 3,200 run with a time of 10:19.59, while the 1,600 relay team of Timmy Kleyla, Takas, Aaron Hughes, and Young won with a time of 3:31.00. Eli Nelson had a personal best jump of 12-6 to win the pole vault to round out the event winners for the Buccaneers.
"We knew this was going to be a tight meet," said Grand Haven boys head coach Joe Nelson. "We challenged the kids to compete and beat people and not worry about times. Where we knew we needed the points, our kids did the job. I watched people fight the wind and get past Hudsonville wherever they could. I am very proud of our effort tonight."
On the girls' side, the Buccaneers were without standout Gabby Hentemann, who is nursing a slight foot injury. The coaching staff decided to err on the side of caution and not plug her into the lineup during Tuesday's meet.
"Today, the theme of the meet was the effect of 20 MPH winds," said Grand Haven girls head coach John Tarr. "It killed race times and punched up some field events. It was a tough day to be a runner. We had some great efforts, but overall, we failed to have a complete team effort."
Highlights for the Bucs included Sarah Knoll throwing a new personal best mark in the discus at 107-4. Knoll also added a 5-foot mark in the high jump for a second-place finish and won the shot put with a throw of 33-8.
Juliette Beals added a come-from-behind win in the 100 hurdles (17.28), while Kassidy Burnside had another great day, taking second in the long jump and the 300 hurdles and being a part of the winning 800 (1:52.14) and the 1,600 relay (4:13.80) teams with teammates McKenna Keefe, Kate Criswell-North and Jenny Ryan in the 800 and Avery Keefe, Ryan and Abby Buitenhuis in the 1,600.
Ryan also took first in the 200 (27.79) and Buitenhuis ran an impressive 800 (2:26.34), taking second.
BUCCANEER SOCCER DOWNS CALEDONIA
The Grand Haven girls soccer team took on O-K Red Conference opponent Caledonia on the road Tuesday, securing a 2-0 victory.
The Bucs took an early lead, capitalizing on a corner kick in a mix of players, ultimately sent home via a header by Jennifer Dear.
Grand Haven secured their victory 24 minutes into the second half off a misplay by the Caledonia keeper, who rushed out of the box to control an inbound pass, pressured by Alli Keyser. The pressure would force the ball loose and to the feet of Dahlia Jerosvek, who lifted a chip shot toward the net, but was blocked. Keyser cleaned up the rebound for the goal.
The victory improves Grand Haven's record to 5-2-2 overall and their O-K Red mark to 3-2-1. They return to the pitch Thursday night at home against East Kentwood at 5:25 p.m.
LAKER SOFTBALL KEEPS STREAK ALIVE
The Spring Lake softball team kept their O-K Blue Conference winning streak alive with a doubleheader sweep of Coopersville on Tuesday.
GAME 1: Spring Lake 15, Coopersville 0 (five innings)
Leah Vaughan continued her dominant season with a no-hitter from the pitching circle. She struck out 13 batters through five innings, including the first eight batters in the Coopersville lineup.
Coopersville's lone base runner was a walk in the fourth inning.
Jenna Core led the Laker offense from the plate with four hits, including two home runs, giving her six on the season. Madelyn Nelson and Vaughan each added three hits, while Layni Wyns, Lauren Hellman and Molly Poole each had two.
GAME 2: Spring Lake 18, Coopersville 2 (four innings)
In the nightcap, Vaughan dominated from the batter's box, recording three hits and six RBIs, while Hellman also added three hits.
Molly Poole and Jenna Core each added two hits, while Alyssa Bowen and Janna Ercole each recorded key base hits to spark the Spring Lake offense.
Lauren Somers picked up the win from the circle, striking out six batters and scattering four hits.
Spring Lake is 14-0 overall and 8-0 in the O-K Blue Conference. They will host Coopersville for a single game on Thursday at 4:15 p.m.
LAKER BASEBALL SWEEPS COOPERSVILLE
The Spring Lake baseball team also swept Coopersville on Tuesday in an O-K Blue Conference road doubleheader.
GAME 1: Spring Lake 6, Coopersville 5
The winning pitcher in Game 1 was Rylan Peets. He went six innings, giving up one unearned run, with 13 strikeouts and two hit batters.
T.J. Cunningham earned the save, giving up four runs on two hits.
David Rumptz went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and three RBIs, while Peets went 2-for-2.
GAME 2: Spring Lake 15, Coopersville 1
Conner Saxe was the winning pitcher for the Lakers. He pitched five innings of one-hit baseball, striking out three batters and walking two.
Peets went 3-for-4 with three runs scored to lead the Laker offense, while Rumptz went 2-for-3 and hit his second home run of the day with four RBIs. Zach Keyser also went 2-for-2 with an RBI, while Austin Schubert added a 1-for-2 performance with an RBI and one run scored.
The Lakers will travel to Fifth-Third Ballpark today for a non-conference clash with Zeeland West at 6 p.m.
LAKER SOCCER FALLS TO GRCC
The Spring Lake girls soccer team fell to O-K Blue Conference rival Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Monday by a score of 2-1.
The Cougars were the first to score midway through the first half of play to take a 1-0 lead. Spring Lake countered before the end of the half, with junior forward Laney Peasley knocking home a header off of a perfectly placed corner kick by senior Tia Leary.
With 25 minutes remaining in the second half, Catholic Central scored the game-winning goal with a side-net shot from inside the box.
"Emily Batts fought for every ball, leading the team with unrivaled intensity," said Spring Lake head coach Becky May. "Her shots missed by inches. Though we won the possession game, we lost the match in a physical conference battle."
TROJAN BASEBALL PICKS UP SWEEP
The Fruitport baseball team extended their win streak to three games with an O-K Black Conference doubleheader sweep of Grand Rapids Union on Tuesday.
GAME 1: Fruitport 7, GR Union 1
The Trojans won the opener behind the pitching power of Parker Tawney's complete game. He went seven innings, giving up three hits and one run with one walk and 12 strikeouts.
Sam Steinhauer and Nick Kleinheksel each recorded two hits to lead the Fruitport offense.
GAME 2: Fruitport 10, GR Union 0
Logan Wadland got the win from the mound, going five innings and striking out seven with one walk.
Shamori Pollard recorded a multi-hit game for the Trojans for the plate, while Dawson Beaudry had the game-ending RBI.
Fruitport is now 3-12 overall and 2-9 in the O-K Black Conference.
TROJAN TENNIS EDGES WHITEHALL
The Fruitport girls tennis team scored a 5-3 win over Whitehall on Tuesday thanks in part to another strong performance from their singles flights.
At No. 1 singles, Trinity Busscher scored a 6-1, 6-2 win, while Haleigh Winskas added a 6-2, 6-2 win at No. 2 singles. At No. 3 singles, Olivia Parling scored a 6-2, 6-3 win and Hannah Kelly added a 6-2, 6-3 win at No. 4 singles.
The No. 3 doubles team of Katie Dirkse and Alison Blakeman scored a hard-fought 7-6 (10-8), 4-6, 6-0 to clinch the team win for the Trojans.
"This was a tough, hard-fought match between two good teams," said Fruitport head coach Brad Busscher. "We had three-set matches at No. 1, 2 and 3 doubles and we managed to get one of them in order to get the team win. It was exciting doubles play, but once again, solid singles play helped carry us."
On Monday, the Trojans scored a 5-3 win over O-K Black Conference foe Jenison.
The Trojans swept the singles flights and added the match-clinching win at No. 1 doubles.
At No. 1 singles, Trinity Busscher scored a 6-1, 6-2 win, while Haleigh Winskas added a 6-0, 6-3 win at No. 2 singles.
At No. 3 singles, Olivia Parling scored a 6-4, 6-4 win, Hannah Kelly added a 6-1, 6-1 win at No. 4 singles and the No. 1 doubles duo of Ashleigh Welty and Emily Dirkse scored a 6-2, 5-7, 6-3 victory to seal the team win.
"This was an important win in the conference, which sets us up for a successful conference tournament in another week," added Busscher. "We had solid singles play and a squeaker at No. 1 doubles propelled us to the victory. This was a good team win today and I was proud of the girls' effort."
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR SOFTBALL WINS BARNBURNER
The Western Michigan Christian - Muskegon Catholic Central softball team traveled to Ludington on Tuesday afternoon for a run of the mill Lakes Eight Conference doubleheader.
The second game was postponed after Game 1 lasted over three hours with WMCC taking a 21-19 victory over eight high-octane innings.
WMCC got off to a hot start, jumping out to a 7-0 lead in the first inning, tacking on another run in the second before pushing the lead to 10-1 in the top of the third.
Ludington responded with a six-run third inning to cut the lead to 10-7. The Warriors retook control with a seven-run fifth inning, but couldn't hold off the Orioles who cut the lead back to size with six more runs in the fifth inning and two in the bottom of the sixth to leave a 17-16 lead heading into the seventh inning.
The Warriors added an insurance run for a two-run lead heading into the final half inning, but it wasn't enough coverage. Ludington forced extra innings with two runs, stranding the winning run on base.
In the eighth, Hannah Pell (WMC) and Abby Sweetman (WMC) reached base, setting up Stephanie Weesies (WMC) to drive in the go-ahead run with a single up the middle. Taylor Mosher (WMC) followed with another single up the middle, scoring Sweetman. Weesies scored the third WMCC run on a single by Maria Sanocki (MCC).
Ludington scratched one run across in the bottom of the eighth, but couldn't keep up their breakneck pace, succumbing to the 21-19 WMCC victory.
WMCC managed 16 hits and picked up 10 walks and seven hit batters. Hannah Nestell (WMC) and Weesies had 3 hits and 3 RBI each while Catherine Bradford-Royle (WMC), Sanocki, Kelcea Waller (WMC), Sweetman and Mosher all had two hits apiece. Sweetman and Mosher each had 4 RBIs.
Sanocki and Sophie Hawke shared time in the circle, combining to strike out 5. Hawke picked up the victory, pitching 4-2/3 innings of relief.
The victory improves WMCC to 5-6 overall and 1-2 in Lakes Eight play.
"The game started out well for us, taking the early 7-0 lead, but from there it seemed like neither team wanted to win," said WMC head coach Jeff Nestell. "I think we let up a little with the early lead and let Ludington back into the game. Give credit to Ludington for not backing down and keeping themselves in the game and even giving themselves a chance to win. I was pleased with our ability to battle back after Ludington tied it in the seventh. It was an overall team effort today that enabled us to go home with the win."