It doesn’t matter what sport, there’s always plenty of emotion swirling when Spring Lake and Fruitport do battle.
But on Tuesday, Trojans’ varsity softball coach Bob Dorman said his squad didn’t have much fire burning in its belly as Fruitport was swept by Spring Lake in a key Lakes Eight Conference showdown.
“I never thought I’d have to get a team pumped up to play Spring Lake,” Dorman said after his team was shut out twice in back-to-back 6-0 losses to the Lakers. “This one will be a learning experience for us.”
The Lakers, who are playing tremendous ball the past several days, used a pair of strong pitching performances and some outstanding defense to improve to 7-4 overall and 3-1 in Lakes Eight play.
Spring Lake’s Ashley Keena earned the win in Game 1, allowing just three hits. She only struck out two batters, meaning the defense behind her was counted on to make a lot of plays.
Desi Parker had a similar line in Game 2, as she fanned seven batters while allowing just three hits.
“That first game, we only had two strikeouts, so we had some fairly decent defense to get the shutout,” Lakers’ coach Bill Core said. “That means you’re getting 19 outs from your defense.”
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