“Don’t look so sad. I know it’s over.” — As sung by Ray Price and written by Kris Kristofferson
The Wayland High School softball team’s continued run of remarkable successes came to an end 7-6 in the Division 2 regional finals Saturday at Hope College with a loss to Spring Lake.
Meanwhile, both the Hopkins baseball and softball teams had their seasons ended earlier in the day in the Division 3 regionals at Coloma. The Vikings were defeated by Buchanan in both games.
It was a day marked by revenge, as has the entire season. The Lady Wildcats earlier this spring defeated Spring Lake 9-4 in the finals of the Lakeshore Slam to avenge a defeat in the same tourney a year ago.
Wayland blanked Forest Hills Eastern in the regional opener 12-0 in yet another revenge contest. The Hawks upset coach Cheri Ritz’s group 5-4 last month. It was the first time the Lady Wildcats had lost an O-K Gold Conference matchup since 2012, when South Christian turned the trick and had the impertinence to share the league championship.
Forest Hills was no slouch, recording a 30-11 overall record for the campaign, with two of its losses coming at the hands of Wayland.
Wayland finished the season with a 25-8 overall record, its ninth straight district championship and its 13th consecutive league title. The Lady Wildcats won the regional crown on this same Hope College diamond a year ago.
Spring Lake now will take on coach Denny Dock and Stevensville Lakeshore Tuesday afternoon at Davenport University in the quarterfinals.
Hopkins’ baseball season was upended by a 10-3 loss to the Bucks. The Vikings wound up 20-5-1 overall and were O-K Silver Conference and district champions. The Lady Vikings finished their season with an overall record of 18-10, but six of the defeats came at the hands of larger Division 2 schools such as Wyoming, Kenowa Hills and Grand Haven.
(Photo courtesy of Laura Hibbits Teunissen)