SL baseball can't prevent Eagles' late-inning surge

Entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Spring Lake's varsity baseball team faced a manageable 7-5 deficit against Grand Rapids Christian in the Division 2 baseball regional semifinals at Hope College.
Tribune Staff
Jun 11, 2012


But the talented Eagles proved why they had only lost five games all season, as they socked the Lakers for eight runs on seven hits in the bottom of the sixth to enforce a mercy-shortened 15-5 victory.

The Eagles went on to also rout Hudsonville Unity Christian in the finals, 11-1.

“We swung the bats extremely well and until the last few outs, we felt we were right in it,” said Spring Lake coach Brian Sabo, whose squad ends its season with a 18-12 record. “But that’s why they are so talented. They came up and just smoked the ball. We could not get them out. In fact, we didn’t get an out in the sixth.”

The Eagles had a 3-0 lead after two innings, but Spring Lake battled back to plate two in the third to trim the deficit to one run.

The teams exchanged runs through the next two innings until the Eagles put an exclamation point on their victory.

Carter Bench had a two-RBI single for the Lakers, while Jeff Marod had a big game at the plate with a single and a double in the fourth inning that missed clearing the fence for a home run by a few inches.

Michael Dillingham went 2-for-3 and Nic Bectel also singled for Spring Lake.

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