Baseball Roundup: Lakers wrap up Lakes 8 crown

SL secures league title with sweep of Orchard View
Matt DeYoung
May 22, 2013

Spring Lake’s varsity baseball team secured the Lakes Eight Conference title in dominating fashion on Tuesday.

The Lakers swept a doubleheader from Orchard View, winning 16-1 and 11-1.

“We’re now 10-1-1, and everybody else has at least three league losses, so this wrapped up the Lakes Eight Conference” said an excited first-year coach Jeff Lindsey.

Dillon Groover was the hero of Game 1 for the Lakers as he pitched four innings, striking out three and allowing just one unearned run.

He was also red-hot from the pate as he went 2-for-3 with a home run.

Michael Dillingham added a 2-for-2 performance with three runs scored and three RBIs.

J.P. Batts went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBIs, and Kyle Houts was 2-for-3 with three runs scored.

In the second game, Jorge Lozano was dominant on the mound as he allowed just three hits while striking out five.

Batts sparked the Lakers’ offense with a 2-for-3 performance, including a three-run homer in the first inning.

Groover was 3-for-3 with a run scored, while Codey Houts went 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBIs.

The Lakers are off for the rest of the week.

TROJANS SWEEP TIGERS

Fruitport won a pair of games against Lakes Eight Conference foe Grant on Tuesday.

The Trojans took the opener, 11-0 in five innings, thanks to eight runs in the first.

Travis Grimm earned the win, tossing a no-hitter.

“He was locked in from the start,” said coach Nick Reed, who noted that Grimm walked just one batter. “Travis got into a groove and was working quick. The defense was very solid behind Travis and did not commit any errors.”

Jacob Breese, Kyle Fialek and Austin Curtis each had two hits for the Trojans.

In Game 2, the Trojans pulled away for a 7-3 victory. Tyler Fehler got the start, striking out four but walking six batters. Curtis came on in relief and earned the win, going two innings, allowing three hits and striking out three.

Grant grabbed a 3-0 lead, but Fruitport chipped away, tying the game in the fifth, then taking the lead with four runs in the sixth.

Alex Bowen had three hits and Brandon Lee added a pair for the Trojans.

Fruitport wraps up the Lakes Eight Conference at 9-3, and is 13-6 overall. The Trojans host Oakridge on Friday.

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