LAKER SOCCER ROLLS SPARTA
The Spring Lake girls soccer team scored a 5-0 shutout win over Sparta on Wednesday night in O-K Blue Conference action.
Sophomore standout Phoebe Saunders got things going for the Laker attack early on in the game, assisting teammates Taylor Colquitt and Emily Batts on goals to give Spring Lake an early 2-0 advantage.
Batts would find fellow forward Laney Peasley for the Lakers' third goal of the game.
Shortly after that, Saunders and Batts connected again, with Saunders placing a ball to Batts, who finished for her second goal of the game. The final goal on the night came when junior Madeline Zenas found Peasley for her second goal in the contest to bring the game to its final tally.
Starting keeper Kamryn Lewkowski registered her 11th shutout of the 2018 season.
The Lakers travel to Grand Rapids Catholic Central today at 6:45 p.m. for a critical conference clash.
LAKER SOFTBALL MAKES IT 78 STRAIGHT
The Spring Lake softball team had no problem extending its conference win streak to 78 games Thursday afternoon with an 18-0 bludgeoning of Grand Rapids Catholic Central in four innings.
Leah Vaughan threw a four-inning perfect game with six strikeouts in the 18-0 mercy-rule win. Madelyn Nelson and Jenna Core each had three hits, while Lauren Hellman, Linsey Paggeot, Leah Vaughan, Alicia Mumby and Janna Ercole all had two hits apiece.
Spring Lake is 33-0 overall and finishes 18-0 in the O-K Blue Conference.
The Lakers will host Grand Haven today in a non-conference doubleheader at 4 p.m.
LAKER BASEBALL NIPS GRCC
The Spring Lake baseball team scored a narrow 6-3 win over Grand Rapids Catholic Central on Thursday in O-K Blue Conference action.
Conner Saxe was the winning pitcher for the Lakers, going all seven inning, giving up two hits, three walks and striking out two.
David Rumptz went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI, while T.J. Cunningham went 1-for-2 with two runs scored and Mason Holmes went 1-for-2 with an RBI.
TROJAN SOCCER ROUTS MUSKEGON
The Fruitport girls soccer team used a balanced attack to cruise past Muskegon in a 5-0 shutout win Thursday in O-K Black Conference action.
The Trojans scored first-half goals by Kylie Oberlin and Jordan Werschem to take a 2-0 lead into the half and continued to add to their lead in the second half behind goals from Jaydie Hanks, Mia Thompson and Haileigh Christiansen. Assisting on goals for the Trojans were Jaydie Hanks and Jordan Werschem.
Fruitport improves to 10-6-1 overall and 9-2-1 in the O-K Black Conference.
The Trojans return to action next Tuesday, as they host the Big Reds again in the opening round of Division 2 districts with kickoff slated for 6 p.m.
TROJAN BASEBALL FLATTENS BIG REDS
The Fruitport baseball team used a strong performance at the plate to make short work of the Muskegon Big Reds on Thursday in a 12-1 win in O-K Black Conference action.
Lucas Kleyn was the winning pitcher for the Trojans, going five innings, giving up three hits and recording seven strikeouts.
Luke Hronek, Logan Wadland and Parker Tawney each had two hits to lead the Trojans from the plate.
GRAND HAVEN JV SOCCER EDGES CALEDONIA
The Grand Haven girls junior varsity soccer team scored a narrow 1-0 win over Caledonia on Wednesday in O-K Red Conference action.
Leah Huyler scored the game-winning goal on an assist from teammate Amelia Strohmeyer.
WESTERN MICHIGAN CHRISTIAN
WARRIOR BASEBALL SWEPT BY LUDINGTON
The Western Michigan Christian baseball team celebrated Senior Night on Wednesday, honoring four seniors who have been four-year varsity starters for the team.
Unfortunately, the visiting Ludington Orioles crashed the party, taking a doubleheader sweep of the Warriors by scores of 8-2 and 6-3.
"Tonight was very special, as we had an opportunity to honor our graduating seniors," said WMC head coach Chris VanHekken. "Cam Beisel (Muskegon Community College), Casey Fink (Calvin College), Jake Moser (Indiana Wesleyan University) and Tyler VanBeek (Muskegon Community College) have all have played four years of varsity baseball at WMC.
"Their dedication during the season and especially in the offseason has really set the bar for future classes. These four players will be missed next season. I am very thankful for them and their supportive parents the past four seasons.
"As far as the games went tonight, we faced a very tough opponent in Ludington. They won our conference and are the best team we will play this season. We battled them, especially in the second game, but unfortunately, we came up a little short. These games only will help prepare us for our upcoming district tournament."
The Warriors' postseason begins June 2 at Muskegon Catholic Central High School with a district semifinal matchup against Holland Calvary Christian.
WMCC SOFTBALL SPLITS AT LUDINGTON
The Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team traveled to Ludington on Thursday to take on the Orioles and Mason County Central in a pair of single-game competitions.
The Warriors took a 17-6 win over Ludington in the opener, but lost to Mason County Central 8-2 in the nightcap.
GAME 1: WMCC 17, Ludington 6
In the opener, WMCC jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first. That lead was extended to 7-1 in the middle of the second inning. Ludington came back with a four-spot in the bottom of the second to cut the lead to 7-5. Over the next two innings, WMCC scored 10 runs to take a 17-5 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth. Ludington added a run in the bottom of the fourth, after which the game was called due to the time limit.
WMCC was led on offense by Hannah Nestell (WMC), Abby Sweetman (WMC), and Kelcea Waller (WMC) with two hits apiece. Nestell and Taylor Mosher (WMC) drove in three runs, while Sweetman drove in two. Sophie Hawke (WMC) picked up the win, pitching four innings and striking out four.
GAME 2: MASON COUNTY CENTRAL 8, WMCC 2
After trading runs in the first inning, Mason County Central added a run in the bottom of the second to take a 2-1 lead. That lead held until the top of the fourth, when WMCC's Maria Sanocki (MCC) led off with a single and scored on a groundout by Sweetman. MCC quickly responded with a run in the bottom of the frame to regain the lead at 3-2. After keeping WMCC off the board in the fifth, MCC scored five runs in the bottom of the inning to take an 8-2 lead and put the game away.
WMCC had four hits, two from Sanocki and one each from Catherine Bradford-Royle (WMC) and Waller. Nestell and Sweetman each drove in a run. Sanocki and Hawke handled the pitching duties and combined to strike out one batter.
WMCC is now 9-17 overall and 3-9 in Lakes Eight Conference play.
"I was pleased with how we played today," said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. "Before the game, we talked about getting an early lead and they responded with a five-run first inning. We kept the offense going all game, even coming back to score four runs on a pitcher who shut us down Wednesday. Sophie pitched another great game, and, along with our defense, kept Ludington from getting back into the game.
"Against Mason County Central, we kept the game close until the end. When we didn't put a lot of runs on the board, again it was our pitching and defense that kept the game close. Even though we let the game slip away at the end, I was pleased with our performance. Our regular season is quickly coming to a close with a final doubleheader next Tuesday and then it's on to districts. We're looking to finish strong."