Bucs softball kicks off postseason
The Grand Haven softball team kicked off the district tournament at home Tuesday afternoon with a 6-1 victory over Holland.
The Bucs fired up the offense in the second inning with a run scored by Skyler Covelli after reaching base on a walk. They pulled away for good with a two-run fourth inning, where Haley Aldred picked up a two-run double.
Aldred continued her scoring tear in the sixth inning, driving in runs along with Kaelyn Stafford and Madison Shumaker.
Shumaker took the win from the pitching circle, giving up just one run on six hits over seven innings with four strikeouts and one walk.
The Bucs totaled 12 hits in the game, with Stafford and Ashlyn Hall each connecting for multiple bases. Stafford finished 3-for-3 from the plate.
Grand Haven made every play in the field, committing zero errors.
The Bucs return to action Saturday as they host Mona Shores for the district semifinals at 12:30 p.m. A win advances them to the finals later in the afternoon, also at home.
Laker softball eliminates Fruitport
The Spring Lake and Fruitport softball teams met for a rivalry-sweetened district tournament opening matchup Tuesday night with the Lakers taking a 10-4 victory.
Lindsey Smith got the Laker offense going in the second inning, bringing Janna Ercole home on an RBI double.
Spring Lake pulled away with a five-run third inning thanks to a few timely hits, well-executed sacrifice bunts, a wild pitch and an error. The Lakers scored two more runs before Fruitport got on the board in the fourth, adding three runs in the seventh in a valiant rally attempt.
Leah Vaughan took the win from the pitching circle with eight strikeouts, aiding her cause with four hits from the plate, while Avery Flynn and Alicia Mumby each knocked two.
Spring Lake improves to 30-4 on the season, making it four straight years with as many wins. They advance to the district semifinals Saturday against Coopersville.
Laker soccer continues to steamroll opponents
Spring Lake girls soccer earned a spot in the district finals Tuesday after defeating Sparta 6-0 at Coopersville High School.
Lakers freshman Meah Bajt scored the team’s first goal on an unassisted breakaway.
Senior Laney Peasley scored Spring Lake’s next two goals, adding to her new school record, after finishing off brilliant passes from Bajt and senior Madeline Zenas.
Junior Phoebe Saunders grabbed two second-half goals, while freshman Ryann Gilchrist also found the back of the net.
Spring Lake now faces Muskegon Reeths-Puffer in the district final.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
Warrior soccer wins shootout; advances to district final
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team won a district semifinal thriller Tuesday night against Ravenna, needing a shootout to separate the two teams.
With the score tied after regulation and a 10-minute overtime, WMC and Ravenna fought for a spot in the district final with a dramatic shootout, which the Warriors won on the seventh shooter.
WMC suffered a horrific setback before the game even started, losing senior captain Morgan Kinnucan to a severe ankle injury during pre-game warmups.
“In 27 years of coaching I have never had (something like) this happen,” said head coach David Hulings. “The injury ended Morgan’s four-year career and was like a gut punch to our players.
“It took the entire game to work through the injury emotionally. I could not have been prouder of how our team responded.
WMC improved to 8-7-2 with the win, but now have to face Division 4 powerhouse North Muskegon in the district final.
Baseball moves on to district semifinal
WMC faced a tough opponent Tuesday in its district opener but had no problem dispatching Montague.
The Warriors won 5-2, defeating a Montague team that reached the quarterfinals last season.
Brant Zeerip led WMC with three hits offensively, and he pitched five solid innings to hold Montague at bay.
“Brant did a great job on the mound and at the plate to lead us tonight,” said head coach Chris VanHekken. “These are the games that Seniors need to step up and he did.”