An eight-run sixth inning had things looking up for the Spring Lake varsity baseball team.
But three runs by Coopersville in the top of the seventh spoiled the Lakers’ comeback in a 14-12 Broncos’ victory at Hickan Field.
The Broncos led 10-2 after scoring six runs in the top of the third inning, but the Lakers battled back with two in the bottom of the third, then six in the eighth to lead 12-11.
Jack Cummingham led Coopersville with three hits and three RBIs.
Dillon Groover came back from a sprained ankle to key the Lakers’ offense with three hits and three RBIs. Mark Williamson also had three hits and drove in a pair of runs.
Brandon DeYoung suffered the loss in relief for the Lakers, who have a key Lakes Eight Conference showdown at Fremont scheduled for today.
LAKERS’ SOFTBALL FALLS TO BRONCOS
Spring Lake got off to a fast start in Monday’s contest against Coopersville, but couldn’t hold on in a 10-5 loss to the Broncos.
The Lakers scored three runs in the first inning and added two more in the third to lead 5-3.
But Coopersville’s bats remained hot from start to finish as the Broncos scored in every inning but the third and seventh.
The Lakers’ spotty defense didn’t help the team’s cause.
“We had five infield errors that led to six unearned runs,” said coach Bill Core, whose team is now 3-4 on the young season. “That was an Achilles heel for us in Saturday’s tournament, too. Another back-breaker is the fact that we loaded the bases in the sixth inning and didn’t score a run.”
Ashley Keena suffered the loss for Spring Lake, allowing 10 hits and three walks while striking out one.
R.J. Marrow paced the Lakers’ offense with three hits, including two doubles, and three RBIs. Anne Marie Galloway had two hits and two runs scored, while Kelsee Zuidema added two hits.
The Lakers head to Fremont for a Lakes Eight doubleheader today.
On Saturday, Spring Lake lost to Coopersville in the fifth-place game of the Lakeshore Grand Slam tournament in Muskegon.
Hudsonville Unity Christian won the event, beating Wayland in the title game, 3-0.
Spring Lake opened the tournament with a 6-5 win over Whitehall, then lost 9-0 to Unity Christian.
The Lakers lost 10-3 to Allendale before coming up short against Coopersville, 10-7.
Desi Sherwood provided the fireworks for the Lakers with a pair of home runs, bringing her season total to three.
Gallwaoy had two hits and two runs scored against Whitehall, while Jamie Kossuth belted her first career homer against Whitehall.
Keena had four hits in the loss to Coopersville, while Sherwood banged out two hits against Allendale.