Game 1 was over quickly, as the Lakers took a 15-1 victory by mercy in five innings.
Spring Lake pounded out 15 runs in the game. Jenna Core had three hits and scored three runs while Molly Poole, Alicia Mumby, Layni Wyns and Juliette Goldberg each had two hits. Avery Flynn took the win from the pitching circle.
Game 2 flipped the script, as Zeeland made a late rally to force extra innings before Spring Lake was able to put them away 8-5 in eight innings.
The Lakers held a 5-1 lead early in the contest but left eight runners stranded in scoring position down the stretch, before giving up two unearned runs in the top of the seventh, allowing the game to head to extras.
The visitors took care of business in the top of the eighth, scoring three runs to seal the win.
Leah Vaughan took the victory from the pitching circle with a career-high 18 strikeouts.
Friday’s pitchers excelled from the mound, as Vaughan and Flynn combined for six hits, including five doubles in Game 2. Alicia Mumby also added three hits, including one home run.
“In that second game, as couldn’t get a hit,” said Spring Lake head coach Bill Core. “We were ahead 5-1 and just couldn’t put them away. We left runners on and then dropped a fly ball with two outs in the last inning to tie the game. This is the third time we have let someone hang around and send the game into extras this year. I think we just have to get a little meaner and figure out how to put people away.
“I was very pleased with how we responded in extras, though. I would have hated to see an 18-strikeout game go to waste. Vaughan was just overpowering kids. She did have four walks, and she’s only had one through her first four games, but it was a great night for her.
“We managed to come away with two wins and our younger players will be better for it.”
The Lakers return to action Monday for a rivalry doubleheader at Fruitport.
“They have a lot of experienced kids,” Core said of the Trojans. “We have been playing against some of them for a long time, since ninth or 10th grade. They have a great senior class and are well coached. A lot of their girls play travel ball with our girls. It will be a game, for sure.”
First pitch for Game 1 of the doubleheader is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Fruitport High School.