Grand Haven’s varsity softball team found out it has a long ways to go to be considered one of the favorites in the O-K Red Conference, much like Grandville is this season.
Grandville limited the Bucs to just a mere single — off the bat of Madison Barshaw — and Grand Haven’s defense continued to struggle with 10 errors in its mercy-shortened 15-0 loss on Thursday at Grand Haven High School.
Grand Haven’s pitchers also struggled with control, as starter Kaylee Hartwell and reliever RJ Morrow combined to walk 10 Bulldogs batters.
The Bucs face another tough league challenger at home on Tuesday with Rockford visiting. Tonight, the Bucs host Godwin Heights at 4:15 p.m.
LAKERS LOSE PAIR
Spring Lake suffered a pair of tough-luck 3-2 losses to Ravenna on Thursday.
In the opener, the Lakers led 2-0 early, but Ravenna battled back and took the lead with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning. With a runner on second, the Bulldogs put down a swinging bunt that the Lakers couldn’t handle cleanly. The throw to first got away, allowing the run to score from second.
In the second game, Spring Lake scored the tying run in the top of the seventh on an inside-the-park home run by Emily Blahnik, but Ravenna won it in the bottom of the inning as the Lakers’ defense again threw the ball around, allowing a runner to score from second.
Ashley Keena and Desi Parker each threw a strong game for the Lakers, but didn’t receive much help.
“We were disappointed with our run support,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core, whose team falls to 1-3. “Both pitchers allow three runs, and we lose both games.”
In the opener, Kelsee Zuidema had three hits for the Lakers. Blahnik and Parker each had two hits in the second game.
Spring Lake will play in the Orchard View Invitational on Saturday. The Lakers will take on Whitehall and Western Michigan Christian.