Junior Alyssa Henderson took over the pitching duties for Spring Lake and had a tremendous outing, allowing one run, three hits and five walks while striking out three batters over six innings.
“Everybody rallied and played really well, and Alyssa came in and battled,” Core said.
Evie Lorimer had two hits, including an RBI triple, and scored a run. Rachael Adams went 3-for-3, and her solo homer in the fifth was one of the longest balls Core has seen hit at the Lakers’ Wanrooy Field.
Defensively, Emma Kendro at shortstop and Alex Spinner at third base were rock solid, combining for eight assists.
On Friday, the Lakers host Fremont, one of the favorites in the Lakes Eight Conference, for a pair of games.
On Saturday, Spring Lake and Whitehall co-host the Lakeshore Grand Slam tournament, which takes place at Softball World in Muskegon. Each of the eight teams involved plays four games, which will begin at 10 a.m., noon, 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Two of the participants — Cadillac and Wayland — are honorable mention in the latest state rankings.
Junior Varsity: The Lakers suffered an 11-10 loss to Zeeland West on Wednesday. Ashley Keena, Mikaela Ederer and Lizzie Goll each had three hits.
BUCS SWEEP TWIN BILL
Grand Haven’s varsity softball team swept a doubleheader from Forest Hills Eastern on Wednesday, winning 7-3 and 15-4.
In the opener, Leigh Jacobs went 3-for-3 and Emily Shaler drove in a pair of runs. Chelsea Meloche earned the win, allowing three hits while striking out 10.
Shaler had another big game in the nightcap as she went 4-for-4 with three RBIs. Kelsey Dushane added three hits and Brittney Brown was 2-for-2 with three RBIs.
Meloche added four RBIs while Kari Bareham gave up five hits while earning the win.
The Buccaneers (2-1) host Zeeland East today.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven scored a pair of lopsided victories over Forest Hills Eastern, winning 20-0 and 21-3. Abby Styck pitched a perfect game in the opener, making a diving catch in the process. She struck out seven. Jessica Gonzalez and Louisa Johnson each went 3-for-4. In Game 2, Styck pitched another solid game while Johnson, Miranda Regenold, Maddison Harloff, Shae Phipps, Karri Burnside and Cierra Slocum each contributed on offense and defense.