FRUITPORT — Despite seeing its five-run lead whittled down by the end, Fruitport’s girls softball team still held off North Muskegon for a 5-3 victory on Saturday in the Tier 2 championship game of the Greater Muskegon Athletic Association tournament Saturday.

Kadence Springstead got the win for the Trojans. She allowed eight hits and three runs over seven innings, striking out 10.

Madison Balon took the loss for North Muskegon. She allowed six hits and five runs over six innings, striking out four.

North Muskegon scored three runs in the fifth inning in a failed comeback on a single by Megan Houseman and a home run by Baila Lang.

Fruitport tallied three runs in the third inning. The Trojans scored its runs on a single by Brooklyn Russell.

Olive Staal, Teagan Schultz, Russell, Lusk, Brylee Dewitt, and Riley Zwar each managed one hit to lead the Trojans.

North Muskegon Norse totaled eight hits. Houseman and Lang each managed multiple hits for the Norse. Houseman was 3-for-4 to lead the way.

Maddie Kohnke had all the right stuff in the semifinal round, besting Muskegon High School by a score of 15-0. Kohnke allowed three hits and struck out six.

Fruitport secured the victory with nine runs in the first inning.

The offensive onslaught by Fruitport was led by Kadence Springstead, Rylee Lusk, Mylee Mineni, Kohnke, Sabi Miel, and Teagan Schultz, who each had RBIs in the inning.

Lusk went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead the Trojans. Fruitport was sure-handed in the field and didn’t commit a single error. Brylee Dewitt had the most chances in the field with seven.

Phto below is courtesy of LSJ photographer Leo Valdez