Spring Lake and Fruitport softball split their doubleheader at Spring Lake on Tuesday.
With their eyes set on conference titles, and harboring great respect for their rival, both teams were just happy to not finish the day 0-2.
Spring Lake won Game 1, 7-3, while Fruitport took Game 2, 6-2.
“That’s exactly what we wanted, said Fruitport coach Bob Dorman. “We wanted to come in with at least a split. That was the minimum we wanted.
“We’re coming off the weekend, winning the county tournament in Muskegon. I shared with the girls that anything less than a split would almost be a letdown, and that tournament didn’t really mean anything. That was the whole drive.”
Lakers’ coach Bill Core agreed that a split didn’t sound so bad, until his team won the opening game.
“We were expecting a dog fight, which is what we got,” Core said. “Going in, if you said, ‘Well, you know what, you might split.’ You’d say, ‘Well, you know what, they’ve got no losses in the league, (and) they just won the county tournament. Yeah, I might take a split.’ But when you win the first game, a split isn’t very exciting. And that’s what happened today.
“We won the first game, we played better, we deserved to win. They won the second game, they played better, they deserved to win. It was pretty simple. I think both teams are fairly equal. I know Bob really likes his team, I like my team too.”
Spring Lake’s hitting was especially likeable in Game 1. Freshman leadoff hitter Ann Marie Galloway started things off with a bang for the Lakers, hitting a home run in the games’ first at bat. Desi Sherwood also had an RBI single in the inning, putting Spring Lake up 2-0.