Prep Roundup: Spring Lake girls lacrosse blanks Northview

Tribune Staff • May 2, 2017 at 12:28 AM

The Spring Lake girls lacrosse team hosted Northview on Monday night, rolling to a 20-0 shutout win.

Lauren Sharp recorded the shutout in net, while Julia Clover successfully took the draw during most of the contest for the Lakers.

Scoring goals for the Lakers were: seniors Grace VandenBosch, Audrey Van Linn, Reiko Johnson, Macie Kosch and Meg Ready; juniors Kailey Cleveland and Josie Brown; sophomores Kate Vinkemulder, Julia Clover and McKenzie Ely; and freshman Madison Kaurich.

The Lakers travel to Davenport University on Wednesday for a 7 p.m. contest against Lowell.

WMC girls soccer holds of MCC

The Western Michigan Christian girls soccer team hosted Lakes Eight Conference rival Muskegon Catholic Central on Monday and came away with a narrow 2-1 win.

The Warriors struck first with a goal just three minutes into the game on a pass from Maria Michaels to Molly Patton.

Fifteen minutes later, Maddie Woods took a long shot from outside the box and Morgan Kinnucan chipped it in to give the Warriors a 2-0 lead at the half.

“This was a very competitive game. MCC was one of the best teams we have played all season, and we were fortunate to hang on for the win,” said WMC head coach David Hulings. “With a 2-0 lead at half, and having to play against the wind, we were playing not to lose.

“The worst thing you can do in soccer is play not to lose. But with the wind in your face and a two-goal lead, we took a chance. Once they scored, we changed our pace a little and enough attacks in their end of the field to keep pressure on them. That helped just enough to keep them out of our end of the field and close out the game.”

The Warriors improve to 6-5-2 overall and 2-1 in the Lakes Eight Conference.

WMCC softball splits with Manistee

The Western Michigan Christian and Muskegon Catholic Central co-op softball team hosted Manistee on Monday for a Lakes Eight Conference doubleheader. The squad split their two games, with the Warriors taking the opener, 8-7, and dropping the nightcap, 10-3.

In the first game, WMCC got on the board first when leadoff hitter Amelia Heminger (MCC) reached on a dropped third strike, stole second, moved to third on a groundout, and scored on a Haylee Moser (WMC) double.

Manistee came back with a 4-spot in the top of the second to open up a 4-1 lead. WMCC came back to tie the game with a 3-run third inning, highlighted by an RBI single by Hannah Nestell (WMC) and a 2-RBI single by Rebecca Ter Haar (WMC).

WMCC took the lead in the fourth on a 2-RBI single by Ashley Sandin (WMC), and then added 2 more runs in the fifth on an RBI single from Taylor Mosher (WMC) and a sacrifice fly by Heminger. Manistee closed the gap to 8-7 in the top of the sixth, and after holding WMCC scoreless in the bottom of the frame, had the tying run on third base in the seventh when a popout to third base ended the game and gave WMCC the 8-7 victory.

Leading the WMCC offense was Maria Sanocki (MCC) and Sandin with three hits each, while Sandin also added 2 RBIs. Ter Haar, Moser and Nestell each had two hits.

Moser picked up the win from the mound, pitching seven innings, giving up nine hits and seven runs while striking out one batter.

In the second game, Manistee jumped out to a 6-0 lead in the second inning. WMCC came back and scored three runs in the third inning. Leah Sweetman (WMC) led off with a walk, followed by a Moser single. Heminger hit a single to score Sweetman and then Sanocki lined a double to plate Moser. Sanocki scored on a passed ball.

Manistee added a run in the fifth and three runs in the sixth. The game was called due to darkness after the sixth inning, with Manistee coming out on top, 10-3.

The WMCC offense was led by Heminger with two hits, while Sanocki, Sandin and Moser each had one hit.

Abby Sweetman started in the circle and took the loss, allowing five runs on four hits and striking out one. Moser pitched the final 3 2/3 innings, allowing five runs on three hits, striking out two.

WMCC softball is now 6-4 overall and 2-2 in Lakes 8 Conference play.

"Today was a good day for WMCC softball. I was happy with how we played on offense, defense and with our pitching,” said WMC coach Jeff Nestell. Haylee fought through the first game, keeping their hitters off balance and keeping base runners from scoring. Some key defensive plays got us out of a few innings.

“We received some timely hits and kept playing our game throughout. Each day we get better and today was a big step in that process. In the second game, they jumped out to a big lead, and we were unable to get a consistent offense against their pitcher.

“A few errors helped them score some insurance runs late in the game and put it out of reach for us. We come right back tomorrow (Tuesday) and play another tough conference team as we host Orchard View. If we keep playing good fundamental softball, good things will happen for this team."

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