Parker helps SL softball earn split with Sailors

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 12:32 PM

After suffering a close loss in Game 1 of Monday’s doubleheader with Mona Shores, Spring Lake’s varsity softball team put it all together for Game 2.

The Lakers shut out the Sailors 6-0 in the second game after falling 5-3 in the opener.

“In the first game, our defense hurt us a bit,” said coach Bill Core, whose team is 5-4 heading into tonight’s key doubleheader at Fruitport. “We had four errors that hurt us. The second game was probably our best game of the year. We only had one error, so our defense was good, and Desi Parker threw a great game.”

Parker struck out seven Sailors’ batters one her way to a three-hit shutout. She also had two hits, including an RBI triple.

Kelsee Zuidema added an RBI double as six different Lakers scored.

In the opener, Ashley Keena threw a solid game, striking out six, but she also walked six batters.

Emily Blahnik and Zuidema each had two hits for the Lakers.

Core said playing in so many close games early in the season has been both good and bad for his young team.

“It helps us to prepare for close games in the conference and district, but a lot of situations are occurring that we haven’t had a chance to prepare for,” Core said.

Now the Lakers turn their attention to the Trojans.

“It’s a big conference rivalry game,” Core said. “I know we’ve had more games than they have because of the tournament this weekend, but it’s going to be a big game.”


Spring Lake’s varsity baseball team suffered a 6-5 loss at the hands of Mona Shores on Monday.

Jeff Marod took to the mound for his first start of the season and turned in a solid outing, going four innings and allowing just two runs.

“He did a heck of a job for us,” said coach Jeff Lindsey.

Kyle Zietlow led the Lakers’ offensive charge with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate, including an RBI. J.P. Batts was also 3-for-4 while Kyle Houts and Jorge Lozano were each 2-for-4.

The Lakers had chances to win the game late, but couldn’t come up with a key hit with the bases loaded and one out in the sixth.

“Overally, I feel very confident in our team,” Lindsay said. “We played some very gritty ball. We just couldn’t put the ball in play at the end with the bases loaded.”

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