Grandville pitcher Joe Malone kept Grand Haven’s bats relatively silent, and his teammate’s got hot in the fifth inning, leading the visiting Bulldogs to a 13-0 victory Thursday.
The Grandville ace held Grand Haven to one hit, with Hayden Modaff being the lone Buccaneer to connect.
“He was throwing curve balls for strikes, and mixing a lot of off-speed in there,” said Modaff, who was 1-for-2 on the day. “We were just missing his fastball, it had a little cut on it. We just came up a little bit short there.”
“He’s in the strike zone,” added Grand Haven coach Michael Hansen. “He put us on defense, he made us swing the bat. He’s a nice pitcher.
“Six strikeouts in five innings, and he walked one guy, anytime you can strikeout out six and walk one, that’s a good ratio. Of course we only got one hit off him. He’s deceptive; he’s got a short arm. He gets up on hitters quicker than you think because he does have that short arm span.”
Grandville’s offensive production was steady throughout the early part of the game.
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