Mona Shores starter Kyle Lawson struck out 15 batters, helping the Sailors top the Buccaneers of Grand Haven on Saturday in Division 1 district tournament play, 9-4.
Lawson allowed seven hits and two walks, but his strikeouts, and solid defense behind him, allowed the Sailors to advance to the district title game, where they edged Reeths-Puffer, 5-4.
Mona Shores jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, and eventually led 6-0 before Grand Haven scored all four of its runs in the top of the sixth inning.
In that frame, Jeff Stevens led off with a double, then scored on Nate Bonter’s base hit.
Connor Grimes followed with a single, then Cody Jonas drew a walk.
RBI hits by Chad Mattson and Haden Modaff had the Bucs looking to do even more damage, but Lawson struck out the next batter to end the threat.
Bonter and Grimes each finished with two hits for the Bucs.
Ty VanWieren suffered the loss on the mound, allowing seven hits and three earned runs over five innings. He struck out six.
Cody Jonas entered the game in the sixth and got just one out, issuing three walks and allowing three runs. Grimes got the final two outs for the Bucs.
In addition to his sparkling pitching performance, Lawson had three hits for the Sailors.