Spring Lake’s varsity baseball team swept a doubleheader from Ludington on Thursday, improving to 4-1 in Lakes Eight Conference play.
The Lakers won the opener, 11-1, before taking Game 2, 10-5.
Kyle Houts threw a great opening game for the Lakers, going five innings. He struck out eight, walked four, allowed four hits and gave up just one run.
Offensively, Codey Houts and Dillon Groover were each 1-for-3 with three RBIs. Groover scored a pair of runs, while Kyle Zietlow went 2-for-3 with a run driven in.
Game 2 saw Michael Dillingham go the distance on the mound. He surrendered 10 hits while striking out four.
J.P. Batts went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, while Groover was 3-for-3 with a run driven in. Dillingham helped his own cause by going 2-for-3 with an RBI.
“Our bats woke up in the first game,” said Lakers’ coach Jeff Lindsey, whose team is 7-2 overall. “Theirs woke up in the second game, but our pitching helped us get the win.”
The Lakers will host the Mike Bernard Memorial on Saturday in honor of longtime program supporter Mike Bernard, who passed away several years ago. Spring Lake will battle Hudsonville Unity Christian at 10 a.m., while West Ottawa takes on St. Joseph. The losers of the opening-round games meet at 12:30 p.m., with the winners facing off at 3 p.m.
BUCS BLANKED BY RAMS
Rockford scored a 5-0 win over Grand Haven in an O-K Red Conference baseball showdown on Thursday.
John Cahalan went the distance for the Bucs on the mound and pitched well, keeping a talented Rockford lineup in check for much of the night.
Wyatt Suchecki had two of the Bucs’ four hits. Connor Grimes added a base hit, and Hayden Modaff belted a double.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven scored eight runs in the bottom of the seventh inning, but still came up just short in an 11-10 loss to Rockford.
Freshmen: Grand Haven suffered a 7-3 loss to Rockford.
TROJANS CONQUOR VIKINGS
Tyler Fehler and Mitch Ferguson combined to pitch six solid innings, leading Fruitport to a 12-3 win over Whitehall.
Fehler fanned five batters over four innings while allowing five hits and three runs. Ferguson tossed two scoreless innings of relief for the Trojans, who are now 4-2 on the season.
Fruitport pounded out 12 hits, including three from Andrew Slocum, who drive in a pair of runs. Amilio Flores added two hits, including a triple, and two RBIs, while Brandon Lee and Kolin Lakatos both had multiple hits.
The Trojans will compete in the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association meet on Saturday. They’ll open play against Muskegon.