SL swept in key Lakes 8 softball showdown

It would have been a tremendous challenge for Spring Lake to defeat Lakes Eight Conference favorites Fremont on the softball diamond with senior Sam Weerstra on the mound. Without her, the odds were clearly stacked against the Lakers on Friday at Wanrooy Field. Weerstra, who is feared to be lost for the season with what is believed to be a broken bone in her heel, could only watch from the bench as the Packers gained early momentum in the league race, sweeping a doubleheader from the hosts, 19-2 and 7-2.
Nate Thompson
Apr 16, 2011

 

The losses drop the Lakers to 1-3 overall and 0-2 in the Lakes Eight.

Weerstra suffered the injury while stepping awkwardly onto third base during Wednesday’s win against Zeeland West. She had an MRI today on her swollen, bruised foot and should know the extent of her injury soon.

“We were facing one of the league favorites, without our best pitcher and against a team that has probably the best player in the league,” Spring Lake coach Bill Core said, highlighting the Packers’ ace McKenze Supernaw. “I kind of let that first one get out of hand on purpose, just to teach some of our younger girls a lesson. We’ve could have done some things to try to get out of it sooner, but it’s about developing team unity and overcoming adversity. It’s a long season. We’ve got seven new starters and a lot of them are getting their first swings on varsity.”

Lakers’ pitchers Cassie Appel and Alyssa Henderson combined to issue a whopping 20 walks to the Packers in Game 1, including seven straight in the fifth inning as Fremont blew open the contest with 11 runs.

Supernaw, a hard-throwing junior right-hander, was nearly untouchable, as she allowed one hit — to the Lakers’ Rachael Adams — and struck out nine in the mercy-shortened five innings.

It was more of the same for the Packers in Game 2, as Supernaw retired the first nine batters she faced, and the Packers surged to a 6-0 lead. Spring Lake’s inexperience defensively and on the mound showed, as the Lakers committed seven errors, and Henderson, a junior, allowed seven walks.

Core was pleased with his team’s resiliency, as they refused to pack it in despite bone-chilling temperatures and wind gusts that created dust storms on the infield. He highlighted an all-out hustle play by Appel at first base in the third inning, as she dove head-first for a foul ball that landed just out of her reach.

Spring Lake’s Evie Lorimer ended Supernaw’s no-hit bid in the fourth, as she cranked a fastball deep over the left-center field fence for a solo home run. It was the talented junior’s only hit of the day.

Spring Lake added another run in the inning on an RBI groundout from Appel, scoring Adams, who reached on a triple.

Fremont padded its lead with a run in the sixth, and the contest was called after the Lakers’ at-bats in the inning due to darkness.

Supernaw fanned 13 batters in the victory and also swung an impressive bat, going 3-for-4 with three singles. Bev Ansorge and Mercedes Beardsley also had RBI singles for the Packers (5-0-1, 2-0 Lakes Eight).

NOTE: Spring Lake’s scheduled trip to the Lakeshore Grand Slam tournament at Softball World in Muskegon today has been canceled due to  forecasted inclement weather.

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake took Game 1 of a doubleheader with Fremont, 12-2, and was leading 11-0 in Game 2 when the game was called due to darkness. Shelby Kiser earned the win in the opener, striking out two batters. Emily Blahnik made a fantastic diving catch for the Lakers.

 

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