Haven baseball wins Big Buc crown

Grand Haven's varsity baseball team captured first place at Saturday's Big Buc Invitational, defeating Spring Lake in the opener and Whitehall in the championship game.
Tribune Staff
Apr 16, 2012

The Buccaneers’ offense was the story in the championship game as the host team belted out 13 hits, led by junior shortstop Jeff Stevens. Stevens was 3-for-4 against the Vikings with two doubles and three RBIs.

Doug Zelenka and Ty VanWieren each went 2-for-4 with an RBI, and Will VerDuin was 2-for-3 with a run driven in.

The Bucs scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning, then added three runs in the third and again in the fourth to lead 9-0.

Cody Sutton, given the big lead to work with, earned the win on the mound. He went six innings, allowing two runs.

The Buccaneers earned a spot in the title game thanks to a 6-5 win over rival Spring Lake in the first game of the day. The game wasn’t close through five innings as Grand Haven held a 6-0 lead, but the Lakers pushed across three runs in the top of the sixth and two more in the seventh to trim the Grand Haven lead down to one.

Danny Cotter earned the win, throwing a complete game and allowing just one earned run.

Offensively, Matt Kroll, Zelenka, Cotter and VanWieren each drove in a run. VerDuin was 3-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base.

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