Boys golf outduels Spring Lake
The Bucs’ boys golf team defeated Spring Lake in a dual match Friday 161-168 at Spring Lake Country Club.
Tai Chamberlain paced Grand Haven with an even-par 37. Kai Rensland continued his stellar play with a 2-over 39, and Logan Melcher shot a 42 to help lead the Bucs to an impressive win over the Lakers.
Grand Valley State University commit Nick Krueger led Spring Lake with a 38. Freshman phenom Evan McDermott also fired a 38 for the Lakers.
Softball impresses at Blue Chip Invite
The Bucs earned two wins Saturday at the Byron Center Blue Chip Tournament, but lost to the host team late in the day.
Grand Haven defeated Farmington Hills 5-4, with Baby Hang’s three hits leading the offense.
The Bucs then beat Plymouth 8-5 after grabbing the lead late, breaking out of a 5-5 tie. Haley Aldred plated two runs on a single in the fourth inning to break the deadlock. Grand Haven scattered 11 hits in the game.
In the final game, Grand Haven lost 10-2 to Byron Center, falling behind early and unable to climb back into the game.
Madison Shumaker surrendered six runs on 11 hits over five innings, striking out four. Regan Riemersma threw two innings in relief.
Kaelyn Stafford hit a home run in the sixth inning.
“All in all it was a really good day for Grand Haven Softball,” said coach John Hall. “We took second in our eight-team bracket. We beat two really tough, high quality teams from the east side in Farmington Hills Mercy and Plymouth.
“The score of the championship game was not indicative of how the game was played. We hit the ball extremely hard, but they made more plays than we did. To take a runner-up finish with the quality of opponents we faced is a highly respectable outcome for this team.”
Girls soccer falls to Kalamazoo Christian
Western Michigan Christian girls soccer played at Hope College on Saturday, losing 4-1 to Kalamazoo Christian in a non-conference game.
WMC’s Adayla Liggett scored to make the game 1-1, but the team ran out of energy in the second half with no substitutions remaining.
WMC head coach was pleased with the team’s defensive shape, stating that Grace VanBeek, Abby Oppenhuizen and Maddie Pearce all had great games in defense.
Now 5-7-2 this season, WMC next plays Monday against Muskegon Orchard View.
Softball produces strong showing at Blue Chip Invite
The Lakers softball team went 2-1 Saturday at the Byron Center Blue Chip Tournament.
Spring Lake started the day with a 6-5 loss to eventual tournament champion Grandville, only to bounce back with a 9-1 win over Central Montcalm and a 15-9 win over Petoskey.
Jenna Core and Alicia Mumby each had two hits and a home run for the Lakers against Grandville. Senior ace Leah Vaughan suffered the loss despite striking out six batters.
Although Central Montcalm was ranked honorable mention in Division 3, the Lakers pounced all over them Saturday. Avery Flynn earned the win with a fine pitching performance, and she hit a grand slam to help her cause.
Flynn stayed hot in Game 3, finishing the win over Petoskey with four hits. Mumby added three hits. Spring Lake gave up nine runs in that game, but none of them were earned runs.