Bill Core tried his best to avoid his own version of a cold-water challenge, but in the end, he couldn’t escape.
Core was eventually corralled by, among others, his son Jackson, and endured a chilly shower compliments of junior pitcher R.J. Morrow.
His jersey soaked and clinging to his skin, Core said he’d happily endure the soaking when the trade-off is a share of the Lakes Eight Conference championship.
“I put a lot of pressure on the girls all year,” a drenched Core said after Tuesday’s doubleheader sweep of visiting Tri-County. “When you win a conference, it means you were consistent all year, and that’s the rewarding part of a conference championship. So for them to let loose a little bit, have some fun, I’ll take a water bath any time.”
The Lakers shared the conference championship with Fruitport. The Trojans saw their season come to a close with a 6-0 loss to Allendale in pre-district action earlier Tuesday. After that loss, coach Bob Dorman’s team made its way to Wanroy Field to watch the Lakers battle Tri-County.
They saw the home team pound out three homers and play outstanding defense in completing the sweep, but still had the chance to celebrate a bit when they were announced as co-champions after the game.
“Bob did a great job with Fruitport — conference champs, county champs,” Core said. “He’s done a great job, and we split with them this year, so congratulations to them.”
Winning the conference is nothing new to Spring Lake — Core’s teams have either shared our won the outright league title eight of the past 12 years.
On Tuesday, it was sophomore Katie Mumby who led the way.
She got things started in the first inning of Game 1. Anne-Marie Galloway was hit by a pitch, then Ashley Keena had a base hit. Morrow reached on an error, then Kelsee Zuidema walked in a run.
Mumby then emptied the bases with one swing of the bat as she sent her first career home run over the right-center field fence. That propelled the Lakers to a 13-1 win in five innings.
Mumby did it again in Game 2, this time in the third inning. With the Lakers leading 1-0 and two runners on, the second-sacker belted another ball out of the park, paving the way for a 7-3 win.
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