Here's a look at how all the Buccaneer, Laker, Trojan and Warriors squads fared in their make-or-break contests.
SL SOFTBALL OPENS WITH A ROAR
SPRING LAKE TWP. — If it is tough to beat a team three times, four must be a challenge, but the Spring Lake softball team doesn't subscribe to old adages, especially if they involve losing.
The Lakers kicked off their district tournament run with a ballistic 15-0 mercy victory over Coopersville in three innings Tuesday. A 13-run second inning powered the victory, while Leah Vaughan threw a gem, giving up one hit with four strikeouts and one walk over her nine-out outing.
"In 2003, we beat Fruitport three times in the season and then lost to them in the districts. We know is one game at a time and anything can happen," said Spring Lake head coach Bill Core. "Our team hits one through nine and has been steady all year. We scored 13 runs in the third inning and they only made one error. When you hit all the way through the lineup, that happens."
Nelson got the scoring started in the top of the first, as Spring Lake served as the away team in their home park, reaching base with a single and scoring from third on a wild pitch.
Vaughan walked her first batter before throwing three straight strikeouts to finish the first inning down 1-0.
In the second, the Laker bats were singing. Molly Poole started the inning with a double, putting Janna Ercole in the base path as a courtesy runner, who scored on a single by Jenna Core. Alicia Mumby then belted a two-run home run to go up, 4-0.
Lauren Somers, Kileah Rymal and Lauren Hellman followed with singles, with Somers scoring from second base on the third hit. Nelson then brought home Rymal on a double before Linsey Paggeot pushed the lead to 8-0 with a 2 RBI single.
Vaughan belted a triple in her first at-bat, scoring Paggeot, bringing Poole back up to the plate. The junior catcher knocked another single, putting Ercole back in the basepath. Core followed with a double, pushing Ercole to third and a new Bronco pitcher to the mound.
Mumby then picked up a walk to load the bases and Somers brought home Ercole with a single. Rymal then cleared the bases with a two-RBI sacrifice, as she got thrown out attempting to leg a triple. Nelson and Paggeot then picked up the final two outs to end the ballistic inning.
Vaughan whipped through the bottom of the second inning with one strikeout and two groundouts, putting the Lakers back at the plate needing just one run to enter three-inning mercy territory.
Alyssa Bowen picked up a walk to start the all-important inning, advancing to second on an Ercole sacrifice. Core picked up the fifteenth run on an RBI double before getting stranded at third base.
Coopersville needed one run on the bottom of the third inning to keep the game alive. They picked up their lone hit of the contest with one out down, before ending their season on a double play.
GRAND HAVEN BASEBALL DRUBS BIG REDS
The Grand Haven baseball team picked up a dominating win in their first game of the Division 1 district tournament Tuesday with a 15-0 victory over Muskegon in four innings.
The Bucs plated two runs in the first inning, seven in the second and three in the third and fourth to trigger the mercy rule.
The Grand Haven pitchers put together a combined no-hitter. Owen Krizan took the win from the mound, pitching two innings and giving up zero runs with one walk and four strikeouts. Jax Mast threw one inning of relief with three strikeouts and Tyler Harp finished the job with one inning pitched and one strikeout.
Hunter Brown led the Bucs' offense, finishing 2-for-2 with two runs scored. Connor Worthington batted in 2 RBIs to lead the team. 11 Bucs in total picked up a base hit.
The victory earns Grand Haven a date with Holland in the district semifinals on Saturday at Mona Shores High School with start time scheduled for 10 a.m.
FRUITPORT SOCCER ROLLS MUSKEGON
The Fruitport girls soccer team made sure there would be no antics in their opening round of district play, as they rolled past the Muskegon Big Reds by a score of 8-0 on Tuesday.
Isabelle Raven and Jaydie Hanks, who each scored two goals, led the Trojans' attack. Kylie Oberlin, Ellie Fisher, Kayla Hooker and Maddie Wescott each added one goal to push Fruitport to their impressive offensive outing. Hanks led the team with two assists, while Oberlin, Hooker and Chloe Kern each added one assist.
Madalyn Fett registered the shutout in net.
The Trojans improve to 11-6-1 on the season and advance to play Coopersville in the district semifinals at home on Thursday with kickoff set for 5 p.m.
FRUITPORT BASEBALL ADVANCES
The Fruitport baseball team scored a 7-4 win over the reigning regional champions from Allendale on Tuesday in their pre-district matchup to advance to this weekend's district tournament at Spring Lake High School.
Parker Tawney was the winning pitcher in relief, going four innings and giving up one hit.
Nick Kleinheksel recorded two hits to lead the Trojans from the plate, while Luke Hronek registered three walks. The Trojans also stole 10 bases on the night.
Fruitport advances to play Coopersville at 10 a.m. Saturday at Spring Lake High School.
WMC SOCCER SHUTS OUT FRUITPORT CALVARY
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team rolled to a 3-0 shutout win over Fruitport Calvary Christian on Tuesday in the opening round of the district playoffs at Muskegon Catholic Central High School.
Emily Myers got things rolling for the Warriors, scoring the opening goal on an assist from Emily Rosema.
Adayla Liggett would score an unassisted goal to put the Warriors up by two scores and Morgan Kinnucan added the final tally on a penalty kick goal in the second half for the 3-0 win.
"For a team that started out 2-8, we have seen great improvement going 9-2 in the last 11 games," said WMC head coach David Hulings. "The players have a done a great job of not getting discouraged and continuing to work. That work has paid off and improved their record."
The Warriors will play Ravenna in the district semifinals at 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Muskegon Catholic Central High School.
WMCC SOFTBALL WRAPS UP REGULAR SEASON
The Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team wrapped up its regular season with a 5-0 road loss to Hart.
WMCC had eight hits, but couldn't push a run across the plate.
Catherine Bradford-Royle (WMC) led the Warriors from the plate with three hits and Stephanie Weesies (WMC) added two hits. Also collecting hits were Hannah Nestell (WMC), Abby Sweetman (WMC), and Rebecca Ter Haar (WMC).
Sophie Hawke (WMC) and Maria Sanocki (MCC) shared time in the circle, combining to strike out three.
WMCC finishes the regular season at 9-18 overall and 3-9 in Lakes Eight Conference play.
"While I think we could have done better against Hart, I was pleased with our effort today," said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. "We had some hard-hit balls, but unfortunately, we hit them right to the defense and couldn't get any of our runners across the plate. Our focus now is on preparing for districts on Saturday."
WMCC will play Montague at noon on Saturday in the district semifinals at Ravenna High School. The Wildcats defeated North Muskegon 18-8 on Tuesday to advance.