Earlier in his at-bat, Bectel hit a sharp liner foul that connected on the back window of a vehicle parked near-by, smashing it to bits. Turns out, the car belonged to Bectel’s grandparents.
Bectel shared some laughs with fellow Lakers’ fans who suggested he may not be receiving any birthday or Christmas presents from his grandparents any time soon.
“I know,” he said with sheepish grin.
A conference title may be a sweeter gift for Bectel, who, along with the rest of the Lakers (10-10-1, 8-2 Lakes Eight), must now root for Fruitport to take down Tri-County in a doubleheader on Friday. The Vikings currently hold a 1 1/2 game lead on Spring Lake in the Lakes Eight standings.
“This was huge because it keeps us in the conference conversation,” Bectel said. “Now we just have to worry about Fruitport beating Tri-County. We feel we’re sitting in a good spot right now.”
The Trojans (13-9, 6-4 Lakes Eight)) thought they were in a good spot in the bottom of the 10th, as they put their first two on with perfectly-executed bunt singles from John Sullivan and Zack Goldman. Mike Ryan followed with a sacrifice bunt that moved the runners to second and third.
For defensive purposes, Spring Lake coach Brian Sabo opted for an intentional walk to load the bases and face the Trojans’ Cody Bayle and then Kody Schultz.
The plan worked wonderfully thanks to Lakers’ senior pitcher Nick Keller, who buckled down and struck out both to get out of the inning unscathed.
“That was the biggest sting; to have the bases loaded and come up empty,” Fruitport coach Paul Masko said. “We’re at least a good enough team to put the ball in play and cause the opponent to make a play at the plate. But kudos to Keller. He kept on pumping strikes and did his job.”
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