A pair of crippling injuries and a pair of top-flight opponents added up to a long weekend for the Spring Lake varsity softball team.
The Lakers, playing without leading hitter Emily Blahnik (broken thumb) and top pitcher and freshman phenom Desi Parker (knee), the Lakers were outscored 38-0 in a trio of games at Traverse City.
The Lakers lost twice to Lake Orion, which entered the weekend ranked No. 4 in Div. 1, before falling to Troy, an honorable mention in the Div. 1 state rankings.
“Going in, we knew we were a little undermanned with injures, and the competition would be great,” Lakers’ coach Bill Core said. “We had a tough time.”
Things started out bad for the Lakers, as they trailed Lake Orion 10-0 before they ever got a chance to bat. They lost that first game, 15-0, in four innings, and didn’t manage a hit.
Spring Lake took on Lake Orion again and lost 11-0 before falling to Troy, 12-0.
On the day, the Lakers managed five hits, didn’t draw a single walk, and struck out 31 times.
“We were pretty dominated up there,” Core said.
Kelsee Zuidema had a pair of hits for the Lakers, while Lizzie Goll, Mikaela Ederer and Katie Mumby each added hits.
The Lakers fall to 13-13 on the season, but Core is more interested in his team’s 7-3 mark in the Lakes Eight Conference.
Spring Lake hosts Orchard View on Tuesday with a chance to earn a share of the league title.
“We do need a little help from our rival,” Core said.
Fruitport takes on Grant on Tuesday. The Tigers are a game ahead of the Lakers in the league standings at 8-2.
Core said he’s encouraged that Blahnik has started to see some time in the field at second base, but she’s still unable to bat with her broken thumb.
Parker, the Lakers’ top pitcher and one of the team’s best bats, had an MRI on her injured knee and could be lost for an extended period of time.
“We’re hoping it’s just a sprain or a strain,” Core said. “Our top two hitters have been out of our lineup the last 4-5 games, but we’ve just got to keep going. Our biggest thing now is, we’re playing for a conference championship. We’ve got to make sure we have a great practice today and bring our best tomorrow.”
The Lakers will honor their three seniors — Blahnik, Goll and Ederer — between games on Tuesday.