Haven softball ends SL curse

Tribune Staff • Jul 21, 2015 at 2:32 PM

Grand Haven’s varsity softball team entered Friday’s doubleheader at Spring Lake having lost 15 consecutive games to the Lakers.

The Buccaneers ended that streak emphatically Friday afternoon as their bats caught fire in a pair of victories.

Grand Haven won the opener, 14-1 in five innings, then pulled away for a 9-5 win in Game 2.

The Bucs’ top four hitters in their lineup — Kaylee Hartwell, Mikayla Gronback, Jordan Buckingham and Kylie Masko — combined to bang out 21 hits and score 17 runs.

“We did have a season-high 12 errors in the doubleheader, but Grand Haven put a whooping on us,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core. “That snaps a 15-game winning streak for us against Grand Haven. We had won 25 out of the last 28 against them.

“My hat goes off to (Bucs’ coach) Paul (Masko) and his team. They outplayed us. They won in every phase of the game. They deserved to win this doubleheader. I just wish we could have brought a little better game and been more competitive.”

Hartwell earned the victory in Game 1, allowing five hits and striking out six. R.J. Morrow, a former Buccaneer, took the loss, lasting just two innings.

Audrey Boersen drove in five runs for the Bucs. 

Morrow doubled to drive in Ashley Keena for the Lakers’ lone run.

In Game 2, Masko earned the win, striking out eight while allowing four hits. Morrow was again the losing pitcher for the Lakers.

Kelsee Zuidema had two hits for Spring Lake.

The Lakers will look for a better showing on Tuesday, when they host Tri-County for a pair of games. A Spring Lake sweep would give the Lakers a share of the Lakes Eight Conference title.

“I told our girls that our next three sets of games, we were playing for championships,” Core said. “Tonight was the Battle for the Bridge. Tuesday is the conference championship, and Saturday, we’re playing for the district championship.

“I also told them that athletes have to have short memories. We’re going to try to wash this from our memory, have a good practice on Monday and play for a conference championship on Tuesday.”

Grand Haven visits East Kentwood on Wednesday before traveling to Reeths-Puffer for the Division 1 district tournament next Saturday.

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