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GAMETRACK: SL baseball falls in regional final

Duncan MacLean • Jun 9, 2018 at 8:30 PM

The Spring Lake baseball team etched their names into Laker history Saturday with their play in the Division 2 regional tournament as they won their first regional tournament game in 23 seasons with a 3-0 semifinal victory over Thornapple-Kellogg.

In the finals, the Spring Lake run came to a halt as they took on O-K Blue Conference foe Grand Rapids West Catholic for the fourth time this season, eventually falling 8-5.

Rylan Peets threw a gem in the semifinals at Boeve Baseball Stadium on the campus of Hope College, pitching a complete seven inning shutout, giving up just five hits and one walk with five strikeouts.

Isiah Lindsey scored the Lakers’ first run of the day in the second inning, reaching second on a double and scoring from there on a wild pick-off attempt. Connor Saxe crossed the plate in the third following his single and a sacrifice bunt by Austin Schubert before Griffin Lorimer brought him home with another single. Finally, Kenyon Bolling scored on a Saxe double after pinch running for a Mason Holmes single.

Lindsey took the mound in the finals, through five and one third innings, giving up five runs on 11 hits with three walks and one strikeout. Saxe threw two thirds of an inning in relief, giving up three runs.

West Catholic took a 4-0 lead through three innings before the Laker bats got going. They would plate three runs in the fourth on an RBI double by Peets, a pickle-distraction by Jack Leech, scoring Peets and an RBI single by Zack Keyser.

West Catholic scored another in the fifth, matched with Mason Holmes scoring on a wild pitch in the sixth. West Catholic plated three more runs in the sixth, taking an 8-4 lead into a crucial seventh inning.

The Lakers managed to bring the tying run to the plate with two outs gone on a double by T.J. Cunningham and single by Rumptz, before striking out the game-tying opportunity.

The postseason run to the regional finals, including a district championship, capped a resurgent season for the Lakers who finished their 2017 campaign at 3-15 overall.

Check out Monday’s edition of the Tribune for a full breakdown of Saturday’s tournament with reactions and thoughts from coaches and players.

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