Lakers savor share of Lakes 8 title

Spring Lake was supposed to be too young to contend for a Lakes Eight Conference championship this season, but time after time, the Lakers put together timely hitting and clutch pitching and defense when it mattered the most. The formula worked again on Friday for the Lakers, as they pulled out a pair of tight wins over Newaygo at Tom Hickman Field, 5-4 and 2-0, to improve to 12-2 in league play. That is the same mark as Tri-County, who split with Fruitport on Friday.
Tribune Staff
May 28, 2011

 

It is the Lakers’ second league title in three seasons under coach Brian Sabo.

Spring Lake fell behind 3-0 to Newaygo in the second inning, but clawed back and rallied into the lead in the sixth. In the sixth, Michael Zietlow walked, then was pushed to third on a single from Codey Houts. Zietlow then scored on a sacrifice bunt from Tony Sabo. 

Carter Bench led the Lakers’ offensive charge in the win by going 2-for-3 with two RBIs. Ryan Walling also had a double and an RBI. 

Starting pitcher Nick Keller struggled with his control, as he issued seven walks, but also struck out seven and allowed just three hits in 5 2/3 innings. 

Brian Chappell pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save.

In Game 2, Spring Lake received a spectacular pitching effort from Nic Bectel, as he tossed a complete game two-hitter. 

The Lakers scored both of their runs in the fourth, thanks to an RBI double from ZIetlow and an RBI single from Houts.

FRUITPORT HELPS OUT LAKERS

Fruitport doesn’t pay favors to rival Spring Lake often, but the Trojans did so on Friday, splitting with Tri-County to help the Lakers to a share of the Lakes Eight title. 

The Vikings, the No. 9-ranked team in Division 2, rolled to a 5-1 win in Game 1 over Fruitport; but the Trojans stormed back in the nightcap, winning 5-4.

Fruitport coach Paul Masko pulled up sophomore pitcher Dylan Mumby and freshman Alex Bowen to try to catch the powerful hitting Vikings off guard, and the strategy worked. The duo combined for 10 innings pitched during the doubleheader and gave up only three earned runs.

“Those 10 innings were filled with pop flies and weak grounders,” Masko said. 

Bowen earned the win by going three innings in a supurb relief effort. 

Fruitport scored two runs int he bottom of the fifth to tie the contest at 4, then took the lead in the sixth on an RBI single from Lance Gilbert. The Trojans managed only three hits during the win, but frustrated the Vikings with their bunting skills. 

Mike Ryan picked up the save, despite the Vikings loading the bases with one out. Ryan calmly struck out the next two batters to secure the one-run victory. 

The Trojans close their regular season at 15-11 overall and 8-6 in the Lakes Eight.

WEST OTTAWA EDGES GH

Grand Haven allowed only three hits to host West Ottawa on Friday, but the Bucs were on the short end of a 3-1 outcome to the Panthers. 

The loss drops the Bucs to 12-11 overall and 7-7 in the O-K Red Conference, putting Grand Haven in tied for fourth place.

The Bucs’ lone run came in the sixth, as Danny Cotter singled and eventually scored on a fielder’s choice.

West Ottawa scored a run in the first inning on an RBI hit from Connor Ryan, then added two more in the fifth. 

Doug Zelenka started on the mound for the Bucs and allowed just two hits and one earned run in four innings of work. Adam Poel closed out the game and gave up one hit in three innings.

Zelenka had two hits for the Bucs; while Kroll, Poel, Eric Martin and Cotter each had one hit.

 

 

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