Lions maul Lakers' softball

Riding a five-game winning streak, Spring Lake's varsity softball team was looking to make a statement going into Wednesday's make-up doubleheader against Newaygo. Instead, it was the Lions who made an emphatic statement, thumping the Lakers in both ends of the twin bill, 16-1 and 10-2. The pair of wins helps Newaygo leapfrog Spring Lake into third place in the final Lakes Eight Conference standings and leaves Lakers' coach Bill Core wondering how his team will respond in Saturday's district tournament.
Tribune Staff
Jun 2, 2011

“I was quick to remind them that it’s over and everybody’s 0-0,” Core said. “Now we’ll concentrate on Whitehall on Saturday. This should really force us to refocus and have two great practices. We had won five in a row going in, and sometimes you need a little reminder that somebody needs to focus a little better.”

The Lakers threw their No. 1 pitcher, Sam Weerstra, in both games, and she was hit hard by a Newaygo lineup that features a ton of talent.

“In talking to most coaches, they said Newaygo’s top five hitters are as good as anyone in the league, and I’m a believer,” Core said. “They had 10 of Newaygo’s 12 hits, 12 of their 12 runs and two home runs (in Game 1).”

Weerstra lasted just 2 2/3 innings for the Lakers, then Alyssa Henderson came on to close out the game.

The Lakers started hot as Evie Lorimer opened with a double and scored on Micanna Pelkey’s base hit. Spring Lake managed just one more hit the rest of the way.

The Lions’ top five hitters were on fire again in Game 2 as they scored all 10 of their team’s runs and had 11 of the team’s 13 hits, including another home run.

Rachael Adams, Weerstra and Ashley Keena had two hits each for Spring Lake, which left the bases loaded three times.

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