The Spring Lake softball team hosted Traverse City Central for a non-conference doubleheader Friday afternoon, splitting the series.
The Lakers took Game 1, 7-2, but dropped a narrow Game 2, 5-3.
Leah Vaughan dominated in Game 1, fanning 11 strikeouts while allowing just four hits from the circle and leading the offense, along with Avery Flynn, with a pair of hits each.
Flynn took the mound for Game 2, allowing just two earned runs. Molly Poole, Janna Ercole and Alicia Mumby all knocked a pair of hits in the loss.
“I thought our pitching was very good today,” said Spring Lake head coach Bill Core. “Good enough to win both games. Leah was dominant, and Avery threw very well for a freshman and her first game on the mound.
“We had too many errors and stranded too many runners in scoring position to get it done, especially in Game 2. We graduated five starters and three All-State players, so today we had seven new players starting in defensive positions. Not bad for the first games of the season. We will get better.”
Spring Lake’s record stands at 1-1 on the year, while TCC improves to 5-3.
The Lakers return to action today at Softball World in Muskegon for the Lakeshore Grand Slam. They will play Oakridge at 9 a.m., Forest Hills Eastern at 10:40 a.m., Wayland at 12:10 p.m., and in the championship round at 2 p.m.
Fruitport, Zeeland West, Allendale and Whitehall will also be in attendance.
Fruitport track takes on Rocket Invite
The Fruitport boys and girls track and field teams performed well at the Reeths-Puffer Rocket Invitational on Friday.
The boys took home runner-up honors with 115 points, behind Hudsonville with 188.33 and ahead of Saugatuck (109.66), Greenville (103) and Holland (82) to round out the top five.
The girls took eighth overall with 71 points, just ahead of Reeths-Puffer (51) and behind West Ottawa (84), Benzie Central (88), Saugatuck (88), Traverse City West (93), Holland (97), Ludington (104) and Hudsonville (186).
The boys 800-meter relay team led the way with a first-place finish at 1 minute, 32.71 seconds, while the 1,600 relay team took second at 3:31.59 and the 3,200 relay team took third at 8:29.76.
Dakota Mitchell finished second overall in the high jump with a leap of 6-0, while Robbie DeWaard took third in the pole vault at 11-6; Ethan Flores took second in 110 hurdles at 15.20 and fifth in the 300 hurdles at 43.25. Brenden Deneen (2:05.98) and Jon Wildey (2:07.58) took sixth and seventh overall in the 800, while Zach Pray took fifth in the 200 at 23.91.
Faith Clark led the girls with a fourth-place finish in the 800 at 3:31.53, while Kylie Rudolph (15-04) and Areona Robinson (15-03.5) took fifth and sixth in the long jump.
SL boys lax drubs Byron Center
The Spring Lake boys lacrosse team kicked off its conference season in style Thursday night with an 18-7 victory over visiting Byron Center.
The Lakers were rolling early, jumping out to an 8-1 lead through the first quarter and pulling away from there.
Colby Brown converted a hat trick in the opening quarter, finishing with six goals total to lead the way. San Carrns netted four goals to go with two assists, while Dominik Molotky scored twice and assisted three times. Jake Vinkemulder added a pair of goals and three assists, while Gavin Alban, Caleb Montgomery, Colin Arends and Danton Molotky each scored once.
Montgomery handled face-off duties, winning 16-of-22 meetings, with help on the wings from Mitch Payne, Joe Chittendon and Wyatt Lisman.
The Laker defense — led by Noah Verlinde, O'Donnell and DeVries — shut down the Bulldog attack, holding the visitors to just 12 shots on the evening.
The win moves Spring Lake to 2-0 on the year and 1-0 in conference play. They return to action Tuesday at Holland Christian.
Junior varsity: Spring Lake defeated Byron Center 6-3 Thursday night.