A triple play turned by Lakers’ third baseman Katie Mumby highlighted Spring Lake’s sweep of Grand Haven as the Lakers maintained the Battle of the Bridge trophy.
The softball series began in 2010, and has been dominated by Spring Lake, which won Friday’s games, 9-3 and 13-5.
In the opener, the Lakers raced to a 7-0 lead. Ashley Keena earned the win, allowing three hits while striking out four.
Spring Lake pounded out 14 hits against Bucs’ pitcher Rachel Morrow.
Emily Blahnik led the way with three hits and three runs scored, while Kelsee Zuidema, Randi Rice, Lizzie Goll and Alicia Holmes each had two hits.
For the Bucs, Katelyn Messer had a triple while Emily Shaler and Maddie Barshaw each had singles.
In Game 2, the teams traded runs back and forth until Spring Lake pulled away with two runs in the fifth and two more in the sixth.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, with the Lakers up 13-5, the Bucs loaded the bases with nobody out. Shaler drilled a line drive that was caught by Mumby. She stepped on third base for the second out, then fired a throw to first before the Bucs’ base runner could return to the bag to complete the rare triple play.
“It was bang-bang-bang, one of the finest high school plays I’ve ever seen,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core.
Keena earned the win for Spring Lake, allowing seven hits and six walks while striking out six.
Kaylee Hartwell got the start for Grand Haven, then Morrow came on in relief.
Blahnik, Keena, Zuidema and Mumby each had two hits, while Keena and Rice scored three runs each.
Messer, Jordan Buckingham and Shaler each had two hits for the Bucs.
“This was a good week for us,” said Core, whose team is now 17-13. “We clinched a tie for the conference on Tuesday, then won the Battle of the Bridge on Friday. This gives us some nice momentum going into the pre-district game on Tuesday.”
The Lakers will host Coopersville on Tuesday at 4 p.m., with the winner advancing to Saturday’s district tournament.
“We haven’t played Coopersville, but they’re right around .500,” Core said. “From what I’ve seen, it should be a pretty even game. We played really good defense today. That will be key on Tueday.”