Bucs, Lakers score softball sweeps

Grand Haven's varsity softball team earned a pair of much-needed wins, sweeping Muskegon in an O-K Red Conference doubleheader on Wednesday, winning 11-4 and 9-2. The Buccaneers were led by Franchesca Porath, who went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs. Morgan Reister and Riley Sokolow each had two hits, while Carly Grimes, Hailey Vandenberg, Chelsea Meloche, Sarah Deal and Abby Styck each added a hit. Meloche earned the win, allowing four runs on six hits while striking out seven.
Tribune Staff
May 5, 2011

In Game 2, Styck and Grimes each went 2-for-4 with an RBI. Emily Shaler added a hit before leaving the game with an injury, while Sokolow, Vandenberg and Meloche each added a hit.

Brittany Brown earned the win, holding Muskegon to four hits while striking out four.

The Bucs, now 6-9 overall and 2-4 in league play, host conference foe Jenison for a doubleheader today.

LAKERS SWEEP LUDINGTON

Spring Lake took a pair of thrilling softball games from Lakes Eight rival Ludington on Wednesday, winning 10-9 in nine innings, then 5-4.

In the opener, Spring Lake trailed 6-0 and needed runs in the bottom of the seventh and the eighth innings to stay alive. In the bottom of the ninth, the Lakers’ Jessica Lewakowski led off with a walk, stole second, and scored the winning run on Alex Spinner’s base hit.

Freshman Ashley Keena took over pitching duties in the third inning and threw six strong innings to earn the win.

Rachael Adams had four hits, including two doubles and a triple, to pace the Lakers’ offense. She added three RBIs and scored three runs. Evie Lorimer added two hits and scored three runs.

In Game 2, the Lakers scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Emma Kendro reached on an error, moved to second on a passed ball, and scored on Keena’s base hit.

Cassie Appel earned the win for the Lakers. Adams, Keena and Skylar Bench each had two hits.

The Lakers are now 5-4 overall and 4-2 in league play heading into today’s twin bill at North Muskegon. Spring Lake is in a stretch of 17 games without a practice due to several make-up games added to the schedule.

“It’s a busy stretch,” coach Bill Core said. “If you’re playing well, it’s good. If you’re not, you pray for rain.”

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake swept Ludington, winning 14-4 and 11-3. Deserae Sherwood earned the win in Game 1 and had two hits. In Game 2,  Mikaela Ederer eared the win. Ederer and Emily Blahnik each had three hits.

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