BY: Tribune Staff
GH soccer edges East Kentwood
The Grand Haven girls soccer team took on their second O-K Red Conference game of the season Thursday after a 2-0 win over Caledonia on Tuesday.
As any O-K Red team, the Falcons brought their best game to the Lakeshore, pushing the Bucs all the way to the final whistle in a 1-0 game.
Neither team found the net in the first half as blustery conditions manipulated play. With 15 minutes left to play, the game sat tied at 0-0.
Alli Keyser netted the game-winner late in the second half, cleaning up a rebound in traffic to put the Bucs ahead. Their defense would hold, improving their conference record to 2-0.
“The wind was strong today,” said Grand Haven head coach Yvonne McKessy. “This is when you really have to rise above the conditions and get it done.
“EK has some really fast girls and Mark is doing a really nice job organizing his defense. They are building something there. In this conference, you have to take everyone seriously.
“In the back, we were organized well and moving the ball well. We have to work on switching the field, the wind played a part in that today it was blowing everything to the east side of the field, but we have to be able to recognize those things and play through them.
“Alli was able to finish a ball out of a scrum in the box, like she does. She is always on,” McKessy added.
Grand Haven returns to action Saturday as they host Waterford Mott at 7 p.m.
Grand Haven baseball splits Caledonia
The Grand Haven baseball team finished up the second game of Tuesday’s doubleheader against Caledonia on Thursday night before blitzing the Fighting Scots in Game 3 of the series.
Game 2 was postponed Tuesday due to darkness with the Scots holding a 5-0 lead through five innings. The Bucs couldn’t muster a comeback Thursday, falling 6-0.
Game 3 was a different story, as Grand Haven used a seven-run second inning to coast to an 8-1 victory.
Owen Kemp took the start and the win, throwing two innings, giving up one earned run and two walks with three strikeouts. Caleb King threw five innings of relief, walking two batters and striking out one.
Grand Haven as efficient on the base path, turning just six hits into eight runs. Tanner Williams, Owen Krizan, Riley Walcott, Alex Kapala, Ethan Prins and Connor Worthington all knocked base hits, while Krizan and Prins each batted in two runners to lead the offense.
Grand Haven returns to action Saturday at Mona Shores for a doubleheader, starting at 10 a.m.
Fruitport soccer downs Muskegon Catholic
The Fruitport girls soccer team played its first game coming back from spring break Wednesday evening, defeating Muskegon Catholic Central 6-0.
The Trojans hit the pitch slowly but build into a dominating performance. Sydney Bol kicked things off with a goal at the 29-minute mark, assisted by Kennah Vermerris.
Vermerris tallied two more assists the rest of the way. Sarah Zielinski netted two goals, while Ellie Risher converted three to go with a pair of assists.
Keeper Madalyn Fett recorded eight saves in the net.
The Trojans travel to Western Michigan Christian on Saturday for a North-South Challenge.