Spring Lake broke out of a hitting slump that plagued it during three tournament losses on Saturday, as the Lakers pounded out 27 hits and scored 26 runs in a doubleheader sweep of Whitehall on Monday, 14-9 and 12-6.
“Our top of the order has hit pretty well most of the year, it’s just a matter of the bottom of the order being more consistent,” said Spring Lake coach Bill Core. “(Monday) we got that. We hit throughout the lineup. We had all nine players get hits in Game 2 and seven of nine hit in Game 1.”
Freshman Desi Parker sparked the Lakers to the opening game victory with three hits, three runs scored and three RBIs. She also secured the pitching win, although she allowed nine hits to the Vikings.
Jamie Kossuth also swung a hot bat in the opener with two hits, including a double.
Baileigh Yeager provided a defensive gem, making a running catch in the outfield.
Core said Parker injured her knee while running hard into first base early in Game 2, adding to the team’s recent injury problems. Leading hitter Emily Blahnik fractured her thumb on Saturday, meaning the Lakers’ top two hitters could miss significant time.
“We’re hoping Desi’s injury isn’t serious and that she just tweaked it,” Core said. “We’ll see.”
The Lakers had plenty of players pick up the slack in the nightcap, including Alycia Holmes, who tallied four hits. Ashley Keena had a three-hit, three-run performance, while Kelsee Zuidema also tallied three hits.
Keena struggled in the pitching circle, but the Lakers provided enough run support to help her earn the win.
Core also highlighted a strong defensive play by Jody Kremer, as she made a nice catch with the bases loaded to end a potential rally by the Vikings.
Spring Lake’s scheduled doubleheader with East Grand Rapids today has been cancelled, meaning the Lakers’ next game will be on Thursday at Reeths-Puffer.