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District Dominance

Josh VanDyke • Jun 2, 2018 at 6:45 PM

It was a busy day for all spring sports across Michigan, but few schools did as much celebrating Saturday as Spring Lake did.

The Laker baseball, softball and girls soccer teams all captured their respective district championships, ending the day with trophy presentations, smiles and cheers and plenty of photo ops. 

SPRING LAKE BASEBALL

After a turbulent 2017 season, the Spring Lake baseball team entered the 2018 postseason motivated to cap off a turnaround season with a district championship at Hickman Field. 

The Lakers did just that, surviving an extra-innings affair with Kenowa Hills in the district semifinals (4-3) to set up a district finals showdown with O-K Blue Conference foe Coopersville. 

Spring Lake flexed its muscle on the mound, shutting out the Broncos 5-0 to capture the district crown. 

The Lakers advance to play Middleville Thornapple Kellogg next Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Division 2 regional semifinals at Hope College. 

SPRING LAKE SOFTBALL

The Spring Lake softball team was also hosting their district tournament Saturday, as they entered the postseason with a 36-0 record. 

The Lakers leaned on dominant pitching from junior Leah Vaughan to record a 7-2 win over rival Fruitport in the district semifinals and used a similar formula in the district championship game against Allendale.

Spring Lake scored three runs in the opening inning and gradually wore down the Falcons at the plate in a 7-1 win.

While this particular group of Lakers has made district championships a common occurrence, no Spring Lake softball squad has ever accomplished the feat so dominantly. With the win, the Lakers improve to 38-0 on the season and set a new school record for wins in a season. 

They advance to play Wayland Union next Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Division 2 regional semifinals at Hope College.

SPRING LAKE SOCCER

The Spring Lake girls soccer team used an early surge to fend off rival Fruitport on Saturday in the Division 2 district championship match at Fruitport High School.

The Lakers jumped out to an early 2-0 lead and added a late second-half goal by Madeline Zenas to close out a 3-0 win over the Trojans and take home the district championship trophy. 

Spring Lake did suffer a pair of injuries during the game, with both Keara Fritsche and Emily Batts leaving the contest in the first half with lower-body injuries. It’s feared Fritsche may have broken her ankle and will likely be sidelined for the remainder of the season, while the severity of Batts’ injury is still uncertain.

The Lakers will play the winner of Byron Center and Zeeland East on Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Division 2 regional semifinals at Holland Christian High School. 

For an in-depth look at each team’s run to the district championship, check out Monday’s edition of the Grand Haven Tribune. 

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