Laker softball grabs 30th win, O-K Blue title
The Spring Lake softball team made short work of Grand Rapids Catholic Central in their O-K Blue Conference doubleheader Tuesday, winning Game 1, 15-0, in four innings; and Game 2, 16-1, in four innings.
Leah Vaughn threw a two-hit shutout in Game 1, racking up 10 strikeouts. Madelyn Nelson led the offense with four hits and four runs scored, while Vaughan belted three hits, and Alicia Mumby and Linsey Paggeot knocked two. Jenna Core belted her ninth home run of the year, while Alyssa Bowen converted one inside the park.
Lauren Somers threw a one-hitter in Game 2 for the win, striking out six. Lauren Hellman and Vaughan each had three hits, while Nelson, Molly Poole, Core, Mumby and Bowen each added two hits.
The Lakers are now 30-0 overall and 17-0 in the O-K Blue, clinching their sixth straight conference championship and 12th in the last 16 years.
They return to the diamond at Whitehall today for a doubleheader scheduled for a 4 p.m. start.
Laker golf battles at Mona Shores
The Spring Lake boys golf team took on the Mona Shores Invite on Monday, finishing eighth out of 15 teams with 340 total strokes at the Muskegon Country Club.
Nick Krueger finished fifth overall, carding a 76 over 18 holes, three strokes behind the medalist.
The remaining Lakers were Chance Fry (86), Adam Boes (86), Jack Johnson (88), Zach Lisman (90) and Jack Ogden (97).
“We persevered through rain and 50-degree temperatures to end up in eighth place,” said Spring Lake head coach Ben Armey. “We competed against several larger schools and proved that we are a team that can compete with anyone.”
Grand Haven also competed at the Muskegon Country Club, finishing tied with Reeths-Puffer for sixth with 331 strokes.
Buccaneer baseball splits with Hudsonville
The Grand Haven baseball team hosted Hudsonville for an O-K Red Conference doubleheader Tuesday, dropping Game 1, 5-2, but rebounding for a 2-1 Game 2 victory.
Hudsonville broke the scoreless tie in Game 1 with a two-run fourth inning and three-run fifth before Grand Haven got on the board. A late rally by the Bucs didn’t stick, as they plated two runs in the sixth inning.
Owen Krizan took the loss, throwing seven innings, allowing seven hits and three earned runs, while striking out seven and walking two.
Krizan and Ryan Mattson batted in Grand Haven’s two runs, scoring Connor Worthington and Jax Mast.
The Bucs repeated their scoring pattern in Game 2, scoring two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Hudsonville couldn’t muster another after scoring one in the fifth.
Mast took the win for Grand Haven, throwing seven innings and allowing one earned run on five hits with two walks and one strikeout.
Mast and Krizan batted in the Bucs’ runs, scoring Alex Kapala and Tanner Williams.
Buccaneer softball swept by Hudsonville
The Grand Haven softball team took on Hudsonville in an O-K Red Conference doubleheader Tuesday, dropping Game 1, 7-0, and Game 2, 4-2.
Baby Hang pitched Game 1 for the Bucs, throwing seven innings with seven runs on 11 hits.
Ashlyn Hall, Madison Shumaker and Hang each knocked one hit to lead Grand Haven.
Game 2 was a heartbreaker for the Bucs, as they blew a 2-1 seventh-inning lead.
Madison Shumaker toed the rubber for Grand Haven, throwing seven innings, allowing 11 hits and four runs while striking out two and walking one.
The Bucs tallied nine hits. Shumaker, Aldred and Kaelyn Stafford all tallied multiple hits with Shumaker leading the way, going 3-for-4.
“I am so proud of this team,” said Grand Haven head coach John Hall. “I am admittedly one of the most competitive people on the planet. I have told everyone that has played for me that I hate losing, but I don’t mind getting beat.
“The girls can sleep well tonight because they didn’t lose this game, they got beat by a very good team.”
The Bucs return to action today with another conference doubleheader against Grandville.
Trojan baseball sweeps Big Reds
The Fruitport baseball team trounced O-K Black Conference opponent Muskegon in their doubleheader Tuesday, winning both games by a score of 12-0.
Parker Tawney took the Game 1 win, going five innings with two hits, one walk and five strikeouts. Leading the offense were Jeremiah Bosse with two hits and three RBIs and Lucas Kleyn with three hits.
Logan Wadland took the win in Game 2, throwing a no-hitter with nine strikeouts and two walks. Bosee, Jakob Carlisle and Landon Fielstra each knocked two hits.
Western Michigan Christian
Warrior soccer drubs Orchard View
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team took on Orchard View on Tuesday in Lakes Eight Conference action, coming away with a 5-0 victory.
It was wire-to-wire dominance by the Warriors, as they scored their first goal less than one minute into the game on a cross by Morgan Kinnucan to Abby Oppenhuizen.
Emily Rosen scored second, working through a few defenders before unleashing a long-range shot just five minutes into the game.
Grace VanBeek struck unassisted to push the halftime lead to 3-0.
The last two goals of the game came in the final 10 minutes of play as Audrey Braak and Lily Zenz netted their first varsity goals, back-to-back. They were assisted by Anna Sytsema and Oppenhuizen.
The Warriors improve to 9-10 overall and 5-1 in conference play with the win and earn a share of the Lakes Eight title. They return to the pitch for their regular season finale against Fruitport today.