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Lakers, Bucs softball earn All-State honors

Tribune Staff • Jul 1, 2019 at 12:15 AM

The Michigan High School Softball Coaches Association announced its All-State teams this week, highlighting stellar seasons by a number of local athletes.

Spring Lake’s run to the state quarterfinals yielded three All-State awards, while the Bucs’ placed a pair of players among the state’s best.

Leah Vaughan highlights the crew, earning the Senior Pitcher of the Year Award for Division 2. Vaughan’s final season as a Laker finished with a 25-4 overall record featuring 295 strikeouts and a 1.81 ERA. She held her opponents to a .195 hitting average.

Her 2019 All-State selection is her third recognition, as she was awarded honorable mention status for her sophomore and junior seasons.

Vaughan ends her Laker career with an 89-11 overall record with 815 strikeouts. Her four years of stellar varsity pitching earned her four All-Conference, -District and –Regional awards.

Also picking up All-State nods for the Lakers were senior first baseman Jenna Core and senior catcher Molly Poole.

All three players, as well as Janna Ercole, earned Academic All-State Awards, leading Spring Lake’s team GPA of 3.58 for a team Academic All-State distinction.

Grand Haven was not left out of the postseason award haul, as a pair of Bucs took home All-State honors.

Kaelyn Stafford finished her junior season as a Division 1 All-State honoree — one of seven outfielders selected — while senior Baby Hang earned honorable mention status from her position of shortstop.

Vaughan, Core and Poole’s All-State honors as seniors earn them a spot at the MHSSCA All-Star Game at Central Michigan University on July 17. Spring Lake head coach Bill Core will also represent the Lakers as an All-Star coach.

All three Laker All-stars will continue their softball careers in college. Core plans to compete for Hope College on both the volleyball and softball teams, while Poole will take her talents to Cornerstone and Vaughan to Aquinas.

Grand Haven’s Hang also will continue her softball career, electing to join the ranks at Ferris State University.

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