Fruitport’s varsity softball team squandered a potential win against neighboring rival Mona Shores on Wednesday at Fruitport High School, allowing the Sailors to score four runs in the top of the seventh inning in a 5-2 victory, sweeping a non-conference doubleheader.
The Trojans grabbed a 2-1 lead in the third inning as they plated a pair of unearned runs thanks to some defensive miscues by the Sailors.
The early-going of the opener between the two schools was also tight, as Mona Shores held just a 3-0 lead through four innings. But the Sailors exploded for an eight-run fifth, sparked by a pair of bases-clearing triples and two fielding blunders by the Trojans that extended Shores’ rally against pitcher Andrea Benson.
Fruitport’s offense couldn’t produce against Sailors’ starter Kendall Sells, as the Trojans went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the fifth to end the game in a mercy-shortened 11-0 final.
Junior catcher Lindsey Helsen had two hits for the Trojans during the evening, while Stephanie Hosko paced the Sailors with four hits.
Pitcher Lauren Johnson struck out nine Fruitport batters in Game 2.