SL drops opener despite Weerstra's no-hitter

Spring Lake's varsity softball team couldn't have turned in a weirder scenario to open its season on Tuesday. Senior pitcher Sam Weerstra threw a no-hitter against visiting West Ottawa, but the Lakers still suffered a 6-4 loss in the season-opener for both teams. Spring Lake had a 4-0 lead over the Panthers entering the fifth inning, but coach Bill Core said the wheels began to fall off for his team from that point. The Panthers surged ahead thanks to four walks, two Lakers' errors and a sacrifice fly to score their runs and pull out the victory.
Nate Thompson
Mar 30, 2011


West Ottawa retired the last 10 Spring Lake batters to preserve the win.
Weerstra struck out two and walked eight batters — including the first three in the decisive fifth inning.
Rachael Adams had a nice debut for Spring Lake as she had two hits — including a triple off the centerfield fence — and scored two runs. Evie Lorimer added a single, as the Lakers were limited to three hits.
The Lakers contest against Montague today has been cancelled as requested by the Wildcats, due to a lack of outdoor practice time.
Junior Varsity: Spring Lake dropped a 14-4 decision to West Ottawa on Tuesday. Rylie Leete scored two runs for the Lakers, Mikaela Ederer had a run and stolen base, and Lizzy Gall had two stolen bases and a run. 


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