“We hit the ball hard at times but Whitehall made all the plays and Kuipers shut us down. They deserved to win,” Spring Lake coach Brian Sabo said. “Kuipers had a quality season for Whitehall, giving up 18 hits and 11 earned runs all season. It’s very similar to Keller’s stats.”
Kuipers also picked up the win in relief in the district championship game against Orchard View, a 14-13 thriller.
Keller, a senior, struck out nine Vikings in his last time on the mound for the Lakers, but Whitehall scored what turned out to be the game-winning runs in the first inning.
Whitehall had its first two batters reach safely on an error and an infield single, and Vikings’ clean-up hitter Jared Gensler plated them both, thanks to his two-RBI single to left. Gensler made his impact felt again in the third, as he led off the inning with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt, then scored following an RBI single from Kuipers.
GH SOFTBALL FALLS IN DISTRICT FINALS
Grand Haven’s varsity softball team advanced to Saturday’s Division 1 district championship game with a 9-6 win over Muskegon, then fell short against Mona Shores in the title contest, 9-3.
The Buccaneers’ Sarah Deal went 3-for-4 while Leigh Jacobs and Chelsea Meloche each had run-scoring hits in their team’s win over Muskegon. Emily Shaler added a hit while Kelsey DuShane drove in a pair of runs. Carly Grimes and Morgan Reister each added an RBI.
In the title game, Riley Sokolow led the Bucs, going 3-for-3. Deal and Meloche each had two hits and an RBI, while Grimes had a run-scoring hit. Abby Styck and Jacobs each added hits for Grand Haven.
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