Local Sports Journal
The Grand Haven softball team put the area on notice Thursday by sweeping a doubleheader from highly-regarded North Muskegon, 5-4 and 8-5.
Mikayla Gronback’s RBI double in the top of the seventh lifted the Bucs over the Norse in Game 1. Grand Haven rallied for four runs in the fifth after it allowed four Norse runs in the first. Maddie Barshaw led Grand Haven at the plate with three hits and two RBI.
Kayle Hartwell struck out seven to get the win on the mound for Grand Haven.
North Muskegon’s Katie Hendrickson had a two-run homer and a double.
Grand Haven’s Audrey Boersen pitched a complete game win in Game 2 over the Norse, who entered the season ranked ninth in the state in Division 4.
The Bucs combined for 13 hits. Gronback led the way with four, Kylie Masko added three while Jordan Buckingham and Louisa Johnson each had two.
Hendrickson hit a solo home run for the Norse while Jenna Corgan and Anna Osborn both had two hits.
Mona Shores 18-2, West Ottawa 2-7 – The Sailors exploded for 19 hits to grab the win in the opener. Desi Parker had five hits, including a three-run homer, and six RBI. She also got the win on the mound, striking out six. Mona Shores only managed two runs in the nightcap, allowing the Panthers to even things up. Amy Giddings had a solo homer for Mona Shores (2-1).
Covenant Christian 15-16, Western Michigan Christian 0-2 – The Warriors had a rough time in the River Valley Conference doubleheader. In the first game, Haylee Moser recorded the only hit for WMC. Pitcher Anna Sweetman struck out four. In the second game, Ashley Sandin had the only hit for WMC while Sweetman and Carly Poel both scored runs.
Fremont 7, Hesperia 5 – Fremont rallied from a two-run deficit in the third inning to steal a 7-5 victory in non-league action. The Packers scored two runs in the fourth inning and three in the sixth to capture the victory.
Holton 18-12, Hart 1-0 – Holton pitching gave up just one hit to Hart in the two games combined. Rachel Younts struck out eight in the four inning Game 1 and gave up one hit. Katie Wildfong had three hits, Ashley Friend had two hits and four RBI and Emily Larabee and Younts had two hits apiece. Kaylee Slowik had three RBI for Holton. In Game 2, Rachel Younts and Shelby Younts combined for the no-hitter. Dominique Waltz hit a 3-run home run for the Red Devils and Friend finished with three hits.