The Grand Haven softball team hit the ground running as they kicked off their season hosting Northview for a doubleheader Wednesday night.
Game 1 got out of hand quickly, as Madi Shumaker knocked back a 2-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. Highlighting the offense from then on were Haley Aldred with a 2-for-3 day at the plate and Erika Suchecki with a pair of doubles.
Seven of the Bucs’ 16 hits were for extra bases in the 15-0 victory. The game lasted just three innings.
Shumaker took the start and the win, facing just 12 batters in three innings of work, giving up three hits to match three strikeouts.
Game 2 lasted a full seven innings, as the Bucs took home a 9-1 victory with one run in the first, second, fourth and sixth innings, buoyed by a four-run third inning.
Regan Riemersma took the win in a complete game, giving up one earned run and five hits with seven strikeouts, even tacking on a home run of her own in her first varsity start.
This time, 10 of Grand Haven’s 14 hits were for extra bases. Kaelyn Stafford finished 4-for-4 from the plate with one home run and three doubles. Baby Hang and Ashlyn Hall each had a pair of doubles.
“I could not be prouder of this group of kids,” said Grand Haven head coach John Hall. “They have worked extremely hard this offseason and their hard work showed tonight. It is always great as a coach to see what you planned on paper to actually come to fruition. We played really well in all phases of the game. We hit the ball extremely hard, we fielded the ball really well and we pitched masterfully. Our youngsters all got in and really showed maturity beyond their years. Our future is bright, but we have a lot of hard work ahead of us.”
The Bucs return to action today at Montague for a doubleheader, with Game 1 kicking off at 4 p.m.
Junior varsity: Grand Haven defeated Northview 17-4. All nine batters recorded a hit. Kylie Talsma and Mercedes Ybarra led with two doubles each. Hannah Bowen threw five strikeouts.
Laker girls lax drubs West Ottawa
The Spring Lake girls lacrosse team kicked off its conference season with a convincing win at West Ottawa on Wednesday, 16-6.
Sophomore Masen Carey led the way with six goals; while senior Kate Vinkemulder added three goals and five assists; and Inez Allard, Anna Bisacky, Isabelle Cobb, Taylor Garrison, Madison Kaurich and Paige Sharp all scored solo goals.
Grace Nass led the Laker defense, buoyed by strong performances from Lauren Constantine and Carley Llewellyn.
Senior Paris Heard and freshman Leila Kahler split time in the cage.
Spring Lake returns to action Monday as they travel to Lowell to continue the conference season.
Laker tennis wins conference opener
The Spring Lake girls tennis team hosted Sparta to open the O-K Blue Conference season, dismissing the Spartans by a score of 7-1.
The doubles teams swept their matchups. No. 1 pair Adeline Sherman and Rachel Oostinde took a three-set thriller, 4-6, 6-1, 6-4. No. 2 pair Erin Burke and Zoe Walters made short work of their game-winning 6-0, 6-2; as did the No. 3 pair Taylor Gates and Erika McSheehy with a sweep, 6-0, 6-0; and the No. 4 duo of Abbi Perkins and Mahli Braak, 6-1, 6-0.
The singles flights hardly gave up a game. No. 1 Jensen Hussey swept her match 6-0, 6-0; No. 2 Taylor Duer won 6-0, 6-1; and No. 3 Maddy Duer won 6-1, 6-2.
No. 4 singles player Morgan Whitaker fell 6-2, 6-3 in a hard-fought match.
Spring Lake returns to action today as they host Grant and Fremont with action kicking off at 3 p.m.
Fruitport track falls to Jenison
The Fruitport boys and girls track and field teams traveled to Jenison on Wednesday to kick off the O-K Black Conference season.
The girls fell by a final score of 80-52, while the boys fell 70-63.
Faith Clark led the girls team with wins in the 800-meter run (2:46.27), the 1,600 (5:46.92), and the 1,600 relay (4:38.98) joining with Analiza Sanchez, Taylor Burke and Kylie Rudolph.
Avery Wilks also picked up a pair of wins, taking the shot put with a throw of 27-09 and the discus with a throw of 78-05.
Jordyn Carlyle won the high jump in 4-08, while Rudolph won the long jump in 16-08 and Burke the 400-meter in 1:08.47.
Cameron Weaver won the 400 for the boys in 54.25. Brendan Deneen took the 1,600 in 4:54.99 and Jon Wildey won the 3,200 in 11:06.98.
Ethan Flores won the 110 hurdles in 15.78 and the 300hurdles in 44.83. Dakota Mitchell took the high jump in 5-2, while Robbie DeWaard won the pole vault in 11-00 and Weaver the long jump in 19-8 to round out the Trojan winners.
Grand Haven track vs. West Ottawa canceled
The Grand Haven track and field teams fell to unfavorable weather for the second time this season, canceling their meet at West Ottawa. Rescheduling date is to be determined.