Local sports roundup: Wind wreaks havoc on area teams

A wicked wind wreaked havoc on Spring Lake's softball contest at Zeeland West, but the Lakers held on to defeat the host Dux, 6-5.
Tribune Staff
Apr 17, 2012

“In my 23 years of coaching, this is probably the most wind-aided game I’ve ever been apart of,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core. “Balls hit to left field ended up in the infield. Pop-ups on the infield were blowing behind the backstop. Their catcher had to use their pitcher as a cut-off on throws to second because she couldn’t get it there from home.

“It was an adventure on every fly ball.”

The win was evident on the first at-bat of the game as Spring Lake’s Evie Lorimer crushed a ball that Core said “would have been over the fence by 30 feet” but was knocked down by the stiff breeze. Lorimer settled for a triple and scored moments later.

The Lakers scored four more runs in the top of the fourth, only to see the Dux respond with five runs in the bottom of the inning to tie the game.

Spring Lake scored the game-winner in the sixth as JV call-up Deserae Sherwood led off with a double. She stole third, then scored on a Lorimer ground-out.

SL TENNIS TIES NM

A pair of three-set victories helped North Muskegon’s girls tennis team score a 4-4 tie against Spring Lake on Monday.

The Norsemen’s Ginny Hoch edged the Lakers’ Abbey Cook at No. 1 singles, 4-6, 6-0, 6-4.

The other three-setter took place at second doubles, where North Muskegon’s Brielle Johnson and Allie Bogner held on to beat Spring Lake’s Faith Lee and Morgan Khem, 6-7 (6), 7-5, 6-2.

SL GOLF WINS AT OV

After finishing well behind Ludington at Friday’s Ludington Invitational, Spring Lake boys golf coach George Bitner said he was confident his team could defeat the rival Orioles on a neutral course.

He was right.

Spring Lake took first place at Monday’s Lakes Eight Jamboree at Orchard View’s Univeristy Park, shooting a 165.

Fremont was second at 168, and Ludington was third at 179. Fruitport, Orchard View and Tri-County all tied for fourth at 187.

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