It was a heck of a turnaround, but all good things must come to an end.
The Fruitport varsity baseball team, which at one point during the season was just 7-10 before finishing with a flourish, lost to East Grand Rapids in Division 2 regional action at Hope College on Saturday, 8-2.
"I'm depressed that we didn't go any farther than we did, but we did win districts and we made it to regionals," said Fruitport senior Mitchell Reyes. "I'm happy with that, I'm happy with the team that we have. I love everybody that I've been playing with … We've got nine seniors, and I've been playing with all of them since I was 5 years old."
Saturday started out as a close contest, before the Pioneers pulled away midway through the game.
Fruitport catcher Kolin Lakatos poked a single into left field at the top of the fourth inning, bringing home Andrew Slocum, and tying the score at 1-1.
The fourth was kinder to EGR. Several well-placed hits, coupled with several Trojans' errors, led to a 5-1 lead for the Pioneers.
"We gave them five or six outs that inning. You can't do that against a good team," said coach Nick Reed.
A groundout in the fifth inning by Carmean brought Alex Bowen home to make it 5-2, but once again, the bleeding continued for the Trojans at the bottom of the inning. The Pioneers found home plate twice more, to take a 7-2 lead.
Travis Grimm replaced Austin Curtis part way through the inning, holding EGR to only one more run the rest of the way, but the Fruitport bats could not manage another score.
"We put up a fight. We hit the ball," Lakatos said. "We put the ball in play and they got the outs. We just couldn't finish. We had some struggles. We had some mental errors out in the field. That's kind of what made the runs on their team, that's kind of what helped them out."
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