In the process, the Lakers played some great baseball, only to fall short in the title game.
Mike Bernard was a longtime supporter of Spring Lake athletics and announcer for the Lakers’ baseball team who passed away in 2004. His children were athletes at Spring Lake, and on Saturday, his four grandkids threw out the ceremonial opening pitches to Lakers' players Kyle Houts, Kyle Zietlow, Dillon Groover and Jorge Lozano.
"It was awesome," said Lakers' coach Jeff Lindsey. "They've been having the tradition of one of the kids throws out the first pitch every year. We decided to make all of them happy this year. The kids enjoyed it, and our players enjoyed that whole presentation. We had on our pink camo (uniforms) to represent Mr. Bernard."
Once the action began, the Lakers scored a thrilling 11-inning win over West Ottawa to advance to the championship game. There, Spring Lake ran into a red-hot St. Joseph team and lost, 13-6.
The Lakers started out quick against St. Joseph, leading 4-0 thanks to three shutout innings by pitcher David Nagy.
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