SL seniors spark idea for cancer awareness game

When Grand Haven and Spring Lake meet on the softball diamond Friday afternoon, there will be much more at stake than which team takes home the traveling Battle of the Bridge trophy. The two teams will be raising money for cancer research by seeking out sponsors and selling T-shirts. The idea was first brought up by Lakers' seniors Sam Weerstra and Alex Spinner.
Tribune Staff
May 25, 2011

“A couple of my seniors approached me about it,” Lakers’ coach Bill Core said. “Obviously our football team and our conference (held a cancer awareness game), and Grand Haven did the Blue-Out for fallen policemen. When my captains approached me, I contacted (Grand Haven) coach J.R. (Serna) and he said, ‘What a great idea.’”

Core said that his two seniors sought out sponsors for the game and landed several, including Mike Schaap Builders, Benchmark Wood Studio, Little Lakers learning Center, Hall Family Chiropractic, and The Burton Family, in memory of Doug Burton.

Each player will wear a special commemorative jersey for the game and will play in support of a cancer survivor or in memory of someone who lost their life to the disease.

Friday’s doubleheader will be played at Grand Haven, with first pitch of the opening game scheduled for 4:15 p.m.

The two teams began playing for the Battle of the Bridge trophy last year, with Spring Lake winning the inaugural meeting. Core noted that in the event of a doubleheader split, the team that allowed the fewest runs over the course of the two games will be awarded the trophy.

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