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PREP ROUNDUP: Core reaches 600-win milestone with doubleheader sweep

Tribune Staff • Updated May 24, 2018 at 1:11 AM

The Spring Lake softball team took two dominating road victories over Whitehall on Wednesday winning Game 1 of their doubleheader, 9-0, and Game 2 by a score of 9-1.

Leah Vaughan threw a one-hit shutout in Game 1, picking up nine strikeouts along the way. Molly Poole, Alicia Mumby and Lauren Somers each had two hits for the game.

Somers pitched Game 2, allowing two hits and one run. Madelyn Nelson and Vaughan paced the Laker offense with three hits each, while Lauren Hellman and Linsey Paggeot each knocked two hits.

The wins improve Spring Lake to 32-0 on the season and earned long-time coach Bill Core his 600th career victory.

GRAND HAVEN

BUCS SOCCER DOWNS CALEDONIA

The Grand Haven girls soccer team finished their regular season with an O-K Red Conference victory over Caledonia on Wednesday, 6-2.

The Fighting Scots struck first just two minutes into the game, cleaning up a rebound with 38 minutes left in the first half.

Alli Keyser answered with a goal, assisted by Jennifer Dear just five minutes later. With 24:32 left in the opening half, Keyser added an assist, sending a ball to Ellary Bylsma for a goal.

Caledonia evened the scored two minutes later before Keyser wrestled back the lead with 14:48 left in the half, scoring unassisted.

Keyser looked to open up their lead with just under five minutes left in the half, sending a hard shot toward the Hudsonville keeper. A block sent the ball to the feet of Bylsma, who finished to give Grand Haven a 4-2 lead at halftime.

The scoring slowed down in the second half. Five minutes in, Keyser secured her hat trick with another unassisted goal. Lucy Toppen iced the victory with eight minutes left to play, sending a ball to Bylsma, who netted a hat trick of her own.

The win caps Grand Haven’s record at 10-6-2 overall and 7-4-1 in conference. They take on West Ottawa to kick off the district tournament Tuesday at Jenison at 6 p.m.

BUCCANEER BASEBALL FALLS TO HUDSONVILLE

The Grand Haven baseball team dropped their O-K Red Conference series with Hudsonville, 2-1 after a 7-6 loss at Hudsonville on Wednesday.

The Bucs jumped out to an early lead, plating five runs in the second inning and adding one in the fourth to go up 6-0. Three runs in the fourth and sixth innings for the Eagles tied things up and Grand Haven failed to add an insurance run in the top of the seventh. Hudsonville scored one for the walk-off victory.

Ethan Prins took the start, throwing five innings, allowing three runs (two earned) on four hits with five walks and four strikeouts. Landon Keeler pitched one inning of relief and picked up the loss, giving up four runs (three earned) on two hits with two walks.

Ryan Mattson led at the dish, finishing 3-for-3 with one run scored. Riley Walcott followed with two hits and two RBIs, ahead of Owen Krizan with two hits, two runs scored and one RBI.

BUCS SOFTBALL SPLITS WITH GRANDVILLE

The Grand Haven split an O-K Red Conference doubleheader Wednesday night against Grandville, dropping Game 1, 16-6, and winning Game 2, 11-8.

Baby Hang took the Game 1 start for the Bucs, surrendering eight runs on six hits over one and two-thirds innings with one strikeout. Megan Faber threw three innings of relief.

Madison Shumaker led the offense with three of the Bucs’ nine hits.

Game 2 sat tied at eight runs apiece in the top of the sixth when Jackie Crow stole the win with a two-run double, facing a full count.

Shumaker took the Game 2 start for Grand Haven, giving up eight runs on 17 hits over the complete game while picking up three strikeouts.

Ashlyn Hall and Crow each tallied three hits to lead the Bucs.

“We did not play buccaneer softball in Game 1,” said Grand Haven head coach John Hall. “But, we came out in Game 2 and competed until the end.

“Ashlyn had three doubles in Game 2 but our lone senior, Jackie crow, did what seniors are supposed to do when the game is tied with runners on second and third and two outs. On a 3-2 pitch, she doubled to the center field wall scoring the go-ahead runs. Grandville can hit, but we played great defense and never quit.”

WMC GIRLS SOCCER EDGES FRUITPORT 

The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team took on Fruitport in their regular season finale, escaping with a 1-0 victory to finish the year at an even 10-10. Fruitport concludes their season at 9-6-1.

The game sat scoreless well into the second half. With 18 minutes left on the clock, Morgan Kinnucan served up a well-touched cross to Emily Rosema, who finished the ball into the goal. Fruitport made a push as the game wound down, but stalwart play in goal kept them scoreless.

The Trojans outshot WMC, 20-3, over the course of the contest.

“This was a great tune-up for the district games next week,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “Fruitport played tough against us. Our back line — Kinnucan, Anna Sytsema, Claudia Kingma and Madison Pearce — did another great job keeping a team out of our net tonight. Ashlyn Lane got the shutout and made several great saves in the final minutes to secure the win.

“This team has come a long way since the first games. I was proud of them.”

The Warriors return to action against Fruitport Calvary Christian in the opening round of the district tournament Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at Muskegon Catholic Central.

Fruitport will finish their conference season Thursday night against Muskegon before turning around to face the Big Reds again in the opening round of districts at home Tuesday at 6 p.m.

WMCC SOFTBALL SPLITS ON SENIOR NIGHT

It was Senior Night for the Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team, as they hosted Ludington on Wednesday for a Lakes Eight Conference doubleheader. WMCC took the first game, 16-6, but Ludington bounced back to take the second game, 10-2.

GAME 1: WMCC 16, Ludington 6

In the first game, each team scored two runs in the opening inning. After Ludington took a 3-2 lead, WMCC scored 14 runs combined in the fourth and fifth innings to come away with the 16-6 win.

Leading the WMCC 18-hit attack were Catherine Bradford-Royle (WMC), Kelcea Waller (WMC), Taylor Mosher (WMC), and Rebecca Ter Haar (WMC), all with three hits each. Bradford-Royle and Ter Haar also drove in two runs.

Abby Sweetman (WMC) and Hannah Nestell (WMC) each had two hits and drove in two and three runs, respectively. Sophie Hawke (WMC) picked up the win, pitching five innings and giving up six runs on nine hits.

GAME 2: Ludington 10, WMCC 2

After a scoreless first inning in Game 2, Ludington broke through and put two runs on the board to take a 2-0 lead. WMCC responded with a run, cutting the lead to 2-1. Ludington came right back, scoring five in the third inning and two more in the fourth to open up a 9-1 lead. Both teams traded runs in the seventh to give Ludington a 10-2 victory.

WMCC was limited to four hits: two from Ter Haar and one each from Nestell and Stephanie Weesies (WMC). Sweetman and Maria Sanocki (MCC) shared the pitching duties, combining to strike out seven.

WMCC is now 8-16 overall and 2-9 in Lakes Eight Conference play.

“We came out a little slow in the first game, but I was pleased to see us come alive in the last two innings and get the win,” said WMCC head coach Jeff Nestell. “I thought that momentum would carry us into the second game, but we ran into a good pitcher and we let some distractions affect our play. We’ll play Ludington again tomorrow; I’m looking forward to seeing how we bounce back.

“Overall, it was a good day. It was great to honor our seniors, three of whom are four-year players. All four seniors have meant a lot to this program and have contributed with their abilities and with their leadership. It’s been an honor and a privilege to be their coach and I’m excited about how God will use these young ladies in the future.”

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