Baseball/Softball: Spring Lake sweeps Grant

Spring Lake's varsity baseball and softball teams each scored doubleheader sweeps in their Lakes Eight Conference openers with visiting Grant on Friday.
Matt DeYoung
Apr 14, 2012

In softball action at Wanrooy Field, Spring Lake dominated the opener, winning 12-2 in six innings.

Ashley Keena earned the win on the mound, striking out five while allowing six hits.

Evie Lorimer sparked the Lakers’ offense with two hits, three runs and four stolen bases.

Game 2 featured much more drama. The teams were tied 3-3 in the top of the seventh. Grant put a runner on second base with two outs, then hit a single to right field.

The Lakers’ Skylar Bench threw a dart to Lewakowski behind the plate to get the runner and end the game.

The Lakers host the Lakeshore Grand Slam tournament today at Softball World in Muskegon. Games begin at 10 a.m.

Junior Varsity: Spring Lake took a pair of games from Grant, winning 21-8 and 10-8. Laura Park earned the win in the opener. Alycia Holmes was 4-for-6, and Baileigh Yeager was 5-for-5 with five runs scored. In Game 2, Deserae Sherwood earned the win. Park, Kelsey Zuidema and Sierra Woods were each 2-2.

LAKERS’ BASEBALL SWEEPS

Spring Lake’s bats came alive in both ends of a doubleheader sweep as the Lakers defeated Grant 8-2 and 19-4.

Brian Chappell earned the win in Game 1, going six innings and allowing five hits and two runs. He struck out three and didn’t issue a walk.

Carter Bench went 3-for-3 with an RBI; Codey Houts was 2-for-3 with two doubles; and Dillon Groover was 2-for-3 for the Lakers. Nic Bectel and Logan Pellegrom each added an RBI.

In Game 2, Michael Zietlow earned the win despite allowing four second-inning runs. He gave up just two hits while striking out for and walking four.

The Lakers had 15 hits in the nightcap, including six in the first inning. J.P. Batts was 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs.

The Lakers are 4-1 overall and 2-0 in league play heading into today’s Big Buc Tournament at Grand Haven. The Lakers meet the host Buccaneers at 11 a.m.

BULLDOGS BITE BUCS

Grand Haven couldn’t complete the Grandville sweep.

The Buccaneers’ baseball team defeated the Bulldogs earlier in the week, but on Friday, the host ‘Dawgs of Grandville held on for an 11-7 victory.

Doug Zelenka had two doubles while Adak Krizan had a double and two RBIs for the Bucs.

TROJANS’ SOFTBALL SPLITS

Lakes Eight Conference favorites Fruitport and Orchard View met in a pair of tremendous softball clashes on Friday, with each team taking home a win.

The Cardinals won the opener, 2-1, thanks to a controversial play in the final inning.

Orchard View led 2-1 in the seventh inning when the Lakers’ Lindsey Helsen led off with a base hit. Next up was Lindsay Slocum, whose bunt down the first base line had runners on first and third with no outs. But Slocum was called out because of runner interference, and Helsen was sent back to first base.

The game featured two tremendous pitchers. Orchard View’s Megan VanderWal struck out 11 while allowing seven hits. Fruitport’s Bari Lee fanned seven and gave up four hits and no earned runs.

The Trojans showed their metal as they battled back to win Game 2, 8-4, despite trailing 4-0 in the top of the first inning.

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