Grand Haven’s varsity softball team reached the finals of Saturday’s Byron Center Invitational, and looked to be on its way to a championship before the host school stormed back.
The Bucs led 4-1, only to see Byron Center chip away at the lead, tying the game before winning the contest in extra innings.
Louisa Johnson had a two-run single for the Bucs, while Jordan Buckingham went 2-for-2 in the title game.
Grand Haven opened with a 4-2 win over Godfrey Lee.
The Bucs scored runs on an RBI single from Mikayla Gronback, followed by a defensive error by Lee.
Johnson added an RBI double in the fifth, then Hartwell banged out an RBI double in the sixth.
Hartwell earned the win, striking out three while allowing seven hits.
The Bucs then took down Hesperia, 7-2, thanks to a solid game by pitcher Kylie Masko. She fanned six and walked just two.
Johnson, Gronback and Hartwell each went 2-for-3 and combined for three runs scored and five RBIs on the game.