The stands at Grand Valley’s softball field will be near capacity soon as fans cheer on the Lakers, a team that has made five College World Series appearances since 2002. In the spring season, the Lakers went 45-10.
The team plays on an award-winning field. Grand Valley’s Grounds Department earned, in 2017, a four-star rating — the highest level possible — from the Professional Grounds Management Society (PGMS) Landscape Management and Operations Accreditation program. The rating recognizes excellence in several categories, including management practices, sustainability initiatives, and environmental awareness and stewardship. The COVID-19 pandemic interrupted renewal of the PGMS certificate.