Wyoming Lee and star pitcher Amanda Emelander turned out to be as good as advertised.
Behind the dominant arm of Emelander, Lee didn’t allow a run and took first place in Saturday’s Flahive/VanPopering Memorial Softball Tournament, hosted by Grand Haven and Spring Lake.
Lee defeated Buchanan, 2-0, in the championship game.
The Buccaneers finished 1-2 in the day. After beating Oakridge, 11-9, Grand Haven lost to Buchanan, 11-0, then fell to North Muskegon in the third-place game, 7-5.
The Bucs’ R.J. Morrow and Katelyn Messner each drove in a pair of runs in the win over Oakridge. Audrey Boersen also drove in a run for the Bucs.
Morrow finished with two doubles and a single, while Madison Barshaw added a triple and Cheyanne Ray had a double.
Morrow and Hartwell both took turns in the pitching circle for the Bucs, who committed eight errors but also turned a key fourth-inning double play.
Against Buchanan, Grand Haven managed just four base hits, one each by Jordan Buckingham, Barshaw, Morrow and Emily Shaler.
Morrow suffered the loss, while the Bucs’ defense committed six errors.
In the third-place contest, Grand Haven again had issues on defense, committing eight errors, which hurt Morrow’s chances for the win in the pitcher’s circle.
Louisa Johnson, Shaler and Ray each had an RBI, while Messer had a pair of base hits.
Spring Lake had a rough day, going 0-3. The Lakers were blanked by Lee in their opener, 6-0; fell to Fennville in their second game, 5-0; and lost to Oakridge in eight innings in the seventh-place game, 5-4.
“Our pitchers were pretty good, with a combined 19 strikeouts and four walks,” said Lakers’ coach Bill Core, whose team is now 11-9. “That’s good enough to win you most games. Our defense was fairly solid. We just didn’t have our hitting shoes on Saturday.”
Against Lee, the Lakers managed just one hit, a seventh-inning double by Lizzie Parker. Emelander had a double and a home run for lee.
Lizzie Goll had the Lakers’ lone hit against Fennville.
Spring Lake’s bats finally came alive against Oakridge, but they stranded 10 runners in scoring position.
“We just couldn’t get any key hits,” Core said.
Ashley Keena had three hits while Parker and Kelsee Zuidema had two each.
The Lakers travel to Whitehall for a doubleheader today.
WARRIORS DROP PAIR TO ONEKAMA
The WMC Lady Warriors dropped two games to Onekama on Saturday. The games were played at Mona Shores High School due to wet conditions at Hile Field.
In the opener, Onekama pulled away for a 13-4 win. Collecting hits for the Lady Warriors were Ariana Brondyke, Anna Sweetman, Lorelle Hallenbeck, Carly Poel, Emilee Pell, Sara Katje, and Elizabeth Pell.
Pell drove in two runs while Carley Poel and Katje each drove in a run.
Hallenbeck and Sweetman split the pitching duties, each pitching three innings. They struck out three.
In the second game, played in mist, rain and wind, the Warriors fell 11-3.
Collecting hits for the Lady Warriors were Brondyke, Sweetman, and Poel. Sweetman scored two runs while Poel drove in a pair.
Sweetman pitched five innings, striking out five.
“These were our two best games of the year, and the first two that went the scheduled number of innings,” said WMC coach Jeff Nestell. “We did very well at the plate and cut down our errors in the field. It was great to see so many girls get hits and get on base. I was very happy with how we played today and am looking forward to building on our 'wins' from today."