Bucs softball splits with Caledonia
No. 15 Grand Haven softball upset No. 7 Caledonia on the road Friday night, earning a hard-fought 8-2 victory in Game 1.
The game was tied at two entering the top of the sixth inning, when Grand Haven’s Kaelyn Stafford hit a towering two-run home run.
Stafford led the Bucs with four RBIs and three hits, blasting home runs in the sixth and seventh innings. The Bucs hit three home runs overall in Game 1, with Regan Riemersma also crushing one over the fence in the sixth inning.
Grand Haven tallied 11 hits in the game. Haley Aldred, Stafford and Baby Hang each racked up multiple hits. The Bucs were also reliable in the field, making it through the game without committing a single error.
Unfortunately for Grand Haven, they dropped Game 2 against Caledonia, 3-2, completing the doubleheader split.
Riemersma was in the pitcher's circle for Grand Haven. She went three innings, allowing three runs on six hits and walking one batter. Madison Shumaker threw three innings in relief.
Stafford led the Bucs with two hits in Game 2.
“I asked the girls three questions last night: No. 1, how good are you? No. 2, how good do you want to be? And No. 3, what will it take to get there and stay there?” said Bucs head coach John Hall. “We had one of best practices of the year last night. We talked about this test as a proving ground. We were going up against the No. 7-ranked team in the state on their diamond and we had just cracked the top 15 for the first time in nearly three or four years.
“We stayed patient and poised until we took the lid off of game one. Kaelyn Stafford has been nothing short of All-State caliber this season and she showed again tonight that she deserved that billing hitting a triple and two home runs in Game 1. We did all the little things necessary until we did the big things with our bats.
“Game 2 was a battle of wills, and although we were down 3-0, they never quit.”
Bucs tennis falls to Hudsonville
The Grand Haven girls tennis team played Hudsonville on Friday in the first match of a rained-out week and lost, 9-0.
The Bucs started out shorthanded with three players missing from the lineup due to illnesses and injuries.
“Hudsonville is a very good team all the way down their lineup,” said Grand Haven head coach Chris Wilton. “I was glad to see us able to give so many players an opportunity to play a varsity match, too. Megan Graham, Claire Cowman, Lily Boomgaard and Eve Smit all had the chance to play, which is great.
Lakers softball sweeps doubleheader
Spring Lake softball flexed its muscles against Grand Rapids West Catholic on Friday, picking up wins of 14-3 and 7-3.
The Lakers had three home runs in Game 1, including a walk off, three-run home run to force a five-inning mercy. Jenna Core and Alica Mumby also homered for Spring Lake.
Poole, Mumby and winning pitcher Leah Vaughan each had two hits, and Juliette Goldberg scored three runs. Vaughan had five strikeouts in the win.
Spring Lake completed the sweep with Vaughan and Core collecting three hits apiece in Game 2, while Mumby knocked another one over the fence.
With the win, Spring Lake improved to 16-2 overall and 8-0 in the O-K Blue Conference this season. The Lakers have now won 86 straight conference games, and they are ranked No. 6 in D2.
Lax boys suffer first loss
Spring Lake’s boys lacrosse team has enjoyed a marvelous start to the season, but it dropped its first game Thursday at home against Zeeland East.
The Lakers lost 6-5 in a hard-fought contest, falling to 7-1 this season.
Girls tennis picks up two wins
Making up two conference matches Friday, Spring Lake girls tennis earned victories over West Catholic and Kelloggsville.
The Lakers defeated West Catholic 5-3, and upended Kelloggsville 7-1 in dominant fashion.
No. 1 singles Jensen Hussey dominated her opponents and didn't give up a game in either match. She defeated both West Catholic and Kelloggsville 6-0, 6-0.
No. 2 singles Taylor Duer won both of her matches 6-1, 6-4, and 6-0, 6-0. No. 3 singles Maddy Duer defeated West Catholic 6-2, 7-5, and Kelloggsville 6-0, 6-2.
No. 2 doubles Erin Burke and Zoe Walters had an easy night defeating West Catholic 6-2, 6-3 and Kelloggsville 6-0, 6-0; No. 4 doubles Mahli Braak and Abbi Perkins also swept their opponents, defeating West Catholic 6-2, 6-3, and Kelloggsville 6-2, 6-2.
The Lakers are now 6-0 in conference play. They next host Comstock Park on Monday.
Laker baseball sweeps doubleheader against West Catholic
Spring Lake baseball swept West Catholic on Friday with wins of 2-1 and 5-0.
Isiah Lindsey earned the Game 1 win, racking up five strikeouts in five innings. Kenyon Bolling and Pierce Glore led the offense with two hits apiece. Grant VanSingel added an RBI.
The Lakers enjoyed a much more relaxing second game, with starting pitcher Zach Foster striking out four batters and allowing zero earned runs in five innings of work. VanSingel collected three hits with a run scored and an RBI to lead the offense.