Baseball roundup: Hard-luck Bucs drop pair of 1-run games

Grand Haven's varsity baseball team suffered a pair of tough-luck losses to Grandville on Thursday. The Buccaneers dropped the opener, 4-3 in nine innings, then came up short in the second game, 5-4, in a game called after five innings due to darkness. Game 1 saw the Bucs' Adam Poel throw seven innings, allowing just four hits while striking out eight. He didn't allow a run. In Game 2, Doug Zelenka threw five innings, striking out five while allowing three earned runs.
Apr 22, 2011


The Bucs led 3-2 going into the final inning, but three Grandville runs in the bottom of the fifth gave the Bulldogs the win.


Nick Keller, who threw a no-hitter for Spring Lake last week, tossed a one-hitter over five innings on Thursday as the Lakers beat Oakridge, 4-2.

The Lakers took advantage of some timely hitting. Ryan Walling’s two-out single drove in a pair of runs, then J.P. Batts provided a two-out double that drove in two more.

Adam Clauss and Logan Pellegrom added hits for Spring Lake, while Nic Bectel pitched two hitless innings to earn the save.


Fruitport senior pitcher Cody Merkins keeps on turning in sparkling performances on the mound, but the Trojans have only one win to show for it this season.

Merkins suffered another hard-luck loss on Thursday, as Ravenna downed Fruitport, 4-2, despite a two-hit, nine-strikeout outing from Merkins.

Errors plagued the Trojans on Thursday, including three in the first inning that paved the way for three unearned runs for the Bulldogs (2-2 overall).

Fruitport clawed back with a double from Erik Johnson and a sacrifice fly from Gene Archer for its first run. The Trojans added another run in the seventh inning, as Zack Goldman scored on an RBI single from John Sullivan.

Fruitport finished with just three hits during the evening.

To read more of this story, see today's print edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.


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