West Ottawa took Game 1 of Tuesday’s baseball doubleheader from rival Grand Haven, but the host Buccaneers avoided the sweep by battling back to win Game 2.
In the opener, the Panthers’ Ed Neumaan limited the Bucs to just six hits and three runs.
Noah Wittkopp took the mound for the Bucs and allowed 10 hits and five earned runs over 5 1/3 innings. Johnny Miller closed out the game with 1 2/3 scoreless innings.
Hayden Modaff had two hits for the Bucs. He also drove in a run.
Jared Kelly and Joe Zelenka added RBIs, while Elliott Martin, Nate Bonter, Chad Mattson and Cody Jonas chipped in with base hits.
In Game 2, Kelly earned the win for Grand Haven as he allowed six hits and three runs over five innings of work. Miller nailed down the save, limiting the Panthers to three hits and one run over the final two innings.
Bonter, Levi Overway and Mattson each had two hits and an RBI for the Bucs, while Connor Grimes had a hit, an RBI and a run scored.
Bonter scored twice for Grand Haven.
The Bucs continue a busy week today as they travel to West Ottawa for another meeting with the Panthers.