Bucs baseball edges Mona Shores
The Grand Haven baseball team traveled to Mona Shores on Saturday for a non-conference single game, defeating the Sailors 3-2.
Alex Kapala took the win on the mound for Grand Haven, throwing a complete game while giving up seven hits and two earned runs powered by eight strikeouts.
Tanner Williams led the offense with three hits and one run scored, while Connor Worthington recorded one hit for one RBI and a run scored. Riley Walcott and Kapala brought home the Bucs’ other RBIs.
Grand Haven took a lead with two runs in the top of the fourth inning, answered immediately as the Sailors tied the game in the bottom of the inning. The game-winning run came in the top of the eighth on a solo home run by Worthington.
Buc softball sweeps Saturday
The Grand Haven softball team took on Mona Shores and Traverse City Central on Saturday, winning both games.
The Bucs took a late lead and pulled away from Traverse City Central, winning 11-6.
The game sat tied at five in the bottom of the sixth when Haley Aldred laced a three-run home run, opening the floodgates for the Bucs.
Aldred led the offense with a 3-for-3 day at the plate, complete with four RBIs.
Regan Riemersma took the win, allowing eight hits and five runs over five innings, striking out two and walking one, despite taking a line drive to the mask in the fourth inning.
“TC Central is a scrappy team, we knew that going into the game,” said Grand Haven head coach John Hall. “We had to be patient and take what they gave us until we could take the top off the game.
“I am proud of these girls, the play for each other. In the top of the fourth, our pitcher took a line drive directly to the mask. The trainer came out, made all the necessary assessments to make sure she was OK and asked if she wanted to keep pitching. She said yes, and retired the next five batters in a row. I really believe that motivated our team, her toughness became our team’s toughness and we closed them out with a big sixth inning.”
Game 2 against Mona Shores was a closer affair, as the Bucs took a 6-4 victory over the Sailors on a walk-off single.
Madison Shumaker did the honors, singling on the first pitch she saw in the bottom of the seventh inning to clinch the victory.
Hang and Shumaker led the offense. Hang went 3-for-4 at the plate as the Bucs finished with just five hits.
The win improves Grand Haven to 4-0 on the year heading into conference play.
Laker golf runner-up at Rockford
The Spring Lake boys golf team took on the Rockford Invitational on Saturday, finishing in second place overall with a score of 329.
Host Rockford took top honors on a chilly day at Cedar Chase golf course with a score of 329.
Nick Krueger took first-overall individually with a one-over-par score of 73, followed by Jack Ogden tied for fifth overall at 81.
“It was very windy and chilly Saturday,” said Spring Lake head coach Ben Armey. “It took the guys a little while to get warmed up and playing their game, but they grinded through the day for some good scores.”
Laker baseball competes at Coldwater
The Spring Lake baseball team took on the Coldwater Tournament Saturday, finishing 2-1 with a loss in the championship game.
Game 1 saw a 6-5 victory over Three Rivers. Connor Saxe pitched the win going six innings and giving up five runs (one earned), with seven strikeouts and three walks.
Zach Keyser led the hitters going 1-for-3 with one RBI and one run scored, while Isiah Lindsey went 1-for-3 with a sacrifice, a walk an RBI and a run scored. Callum Saxe finished 1-for-2 with one RBI.
“We were up and down in the defensive game,” said Spring Lake head coach Jeff Lindsey. “But, Connor stayed the course to finish with a brilliant performance.”
Game 2 saw a 5-1 victory over Traverse City Central. Jimmy Duer took the win, throwing 6 and two-thirds innings, giving up one run, three strikeouts, and two walks.
“Jimm controlled the game,” Lindsey said. “The greatest thing about it was with 20 total outs, 16 of them were fly outs.”
Grant Kieft went 1-for-2 with a walk and a sacrifice, two stolen bases and two runs scored. Lucas Lyyski finished 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs.
Mattawan defeated Spring Lake in the tournament finals, 9-0. Trace VanDyke Started the game, going one inning and giving up five runs. Grant Kieft took over in relief to throw three innings, giving up three runs. Josh Duer finished the last two innings, giving up one unearned run and picking up two strikeouts.
Laker softball hosts Lakeshore Grand Slam
The Spring Lake softball team co-hosted the Lakeshore Grand Slam tournament Saturday, finishing 3-1 on the day.
Game 1 brought on eventual-champion Oakridge, who defeated the Lakers 3-2 on a walkoff victory.
Spring Lake led 2-0 heading into the final half inning, where Oakridge executed the gut-punch comeback.
Game 2 was a dominant victory over Forest Hills Eastern, 15-0, in just three innings. Game 4 was more of the same, as the Lakers defeated Allendale 20-5 in five innings.
Leah Vaughan won one and lost one from the mound, finishing with 18 strikeouts total. Avery Flynn finished 2-0.
Vaughan also led the offense with seven total hits, while Molly Poole earned five, and Flynn and Alicia Mumby each produced four, including homeruns.
Sophomore Lindsey Smith, freshmen Halle Courier and Elise Lindsey and junior Juliette Goldberg all picked up their first varsity hits.
The weekend improves Spring Lake to 4-1 on the season as they kick off conference play this week.
Trojan softball sweeps tournament
The Fruitport softball team finished 3-1 at the Lakeshore Grand Slam tournament in Muskegon, with wins over Zeeland West, Allendale and Whitehall and a loss to Oakridge in the tournament final.
Game 1 was an 11-1 drubbing of Zeeland West. Cassie Kohnke took the win from the pitching circle, while Kennadi Dykstra led the offense going 3-for-4 from the plate.
Game 1 was a 9-5 win over Allendale. Jessica Paquin took the win, while a six-run sixth inning sealed the victory.
Game 3 was closer as the Trojans took a 7-4 win over Whitehall with Kohnke on the start and Rachel Paulson on the save.
In the tournament championship game, Fruitport lost to Oakridge, 10-0.
Western Michigan Christian
Warrior soccer drops two
The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team had a busy Saturday, taking on Fruitport and Harbor Springs. They lost both games, 3-1 and 3-0, respectively.
The Warriors scored the first goal of the day, but couldn’t find the net again, as Adayla Liggett finished a breakaway chance seven minutes into their matchup with Fruitport.
Bad luck stunted WMC’s potential, as starting keeper Katie Johnson went down with an injury 10 minutes into Game 1. They would hold a lead until the 21-minute mark before falling behind for good.
In Game 2, Harbor Springs netted a goal in the opening minutes of the game and two more in the second half after WMC center back Grace VanBeek went down with an injury.
“We had a tough day,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “We lost both games and a couple of players to injury. We had good growth and have much to work on.
“Since we have no experience with any backup keeper, we used a variety of players to fill that hole. We started the Harbor Springs game poorly. We didn’t have much of an attack and then lost our center back.”
The Warriors return to action Tuesday against Covenant Christian.
Warrior track takes on Houseward
The Western Michigan Christian track and field teams competed in the nine-team Houseward Invitational on Saturday, hosted by Hudsonville Unity Christian.
Abby VanderKooi led the girls team to a fifth-place finish overall, picking up wins in the 1,600- (5:07.18) and 3,200-meter runs, setting a new WMC school record in the 3,200 at 11 minutes, 1.62 seconds.
Anika Eenigenburg took second in the 100 hurdles (20.11), while Ema Davis finished runner-up in the 300 hurdles (1:01.18).
Also scoring points for the Warriors were Peyton Allen in the 100-meter dash (6th, 14.49), Sarah VanderKooi (4th, 2:39.69) and Josie Aardema (6th, 2:50.05)in the 800; and K. Summerfield, P. Allen, Davis and Eenigenburg in the 400 relay (5th, 58.99).
“With just 10 athletes, these big Saturday invitationals stretch us to our maximum as we look to compete well and also not overwork our athletes, especially early in the season,” said WMC girls head coach Greg Gould. “Add in Saturday’s cold temperature and strong winds and it was a tough day to compete. I’m so impressed with how the girls responded today and battled in every event.”
The boys raced to sixth place as a team, led by third-place finishes for Jack Zuidema in the 3,200 (10:27) and the 400 relay team of Solomon Waller, Isaac Parker, Jaron Childers and Prince Budu (48.05).
Finishing in fourth place were Brandon Sytsema in the high jump (5-6), Evan Ruiter in the shot put (37-4), Isaiah Visker in the 110 hurdles (19.34) and the 800 relay team of Solomon Waller, Joe Waller, Sandisele Masumps and Khanya Mbutuma.
Finishing in fifth were Eli Rotman in the 800 (2:12), Jack Zuidema in the 1,600 (4:57) and Visker in the 300 hurdles (47.37).
Finishing in sixth were Evan Ruiter in the discus (112-8) and the 3,200 relay team of Caleb Croff, Danial Plaisier, Zuidema and Eli Rotman.