Connor Grimes’ complete-game gem helped Grand Haven’s varsity baseball team salvage a split in Tuesday’s O-K Red Conference doubleheader against East Kentwood.
Grimes allowed two earned runs and five hits, striking out five and walking three as the Bucs scored a 5-3 victory.
Hayden Modaff paced the Bucs offensively with a 3-for-3 performance, including two doubles and four RBIs.
Grimes added an RBI single in the first inning for Grand Haven.
East Kentwood won the opener, 2-1. The Bucs lost despite a great start by Ty VanWieren, who allowed just two earned runs while striking out seven and walking two.
East Kentwood managed just four hits.
Jeff Stevens drove in the Bucs’ lone run.
Grand Haven and East Kentwood will tangle again in a single game on Thursday at Grand Haven High School.
Junior Varsity: Grand Haven swept East Kentwood, winning 14-5 and 12-5. Winning pitchers were Jacob Kostner in the opener and Nate Bonter in the second game. The Bucs had double-digit hits in both games.
Freshmen: Grand Haven topped East Kentwood, 4-0, behind Ethan Styck’s complete-game one-hitter. The Bucs (7-5) also won Game 2, 7-5, with Stone Whipple earning the win and Garrison Mast picking up the save.
LAKERS SCORE SWEEP
Dillon Groover and Jorge Lozano each pitched strong games, and the bats came alive as Spring Lake swept a doubleheader from Tri-County on Tuesday.
Groover pitched the opener, which saw the Lakers jump out to an early lead and win 10-6. Cody Houts had the big blast for Spring Lake with a grand slam. He finished 2-for-5 with five RBIs.
Carter Bench had a 3-for-3 effort at the plate, while Kyle Zietlow, J.P. Batts and Groover each had two hits.
Lozano was dominating in Game 2 as he allowed just two hits and struck out 10 in a 4-1 Lakers’ victory.
Batts went 2-for-3 with two runs scored, while Lozano was 1-for-3 with an RBI and Bench scored a run.
“Jorge had his best stuff going today,” said coach Jeff Lindsey, whose team is now 6-1 in league games. “His fast ballw as popping and he had his curve ball and change-up working. Our bats really came alive as well. This team is starting to gel.”
The Lakers play a twinbill at Grant on Thursday.
TROJANS SPLIT TWINBILL
Fruitport and Fremont split a Lakes Eight Conference doubleheader on Tuesday, with the Trojans taking Game 1 in dramatic fashion.
Trailing 3-1 in the seventh, the Trojans put two runners on base, then Brandon Lee hit an 0-2 pitch past the Packers’ third baseman to tie the game.
A passed ball eventually allowed Lee to score, then Mitchell Reyes and Justin Wierengo had RBI hits as the Trojans won 7-3.
Travis Grimm earned the win, going all seven innings and striking out a pair.
In the nightcap, Fremont raced to a 7-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 victory.
Reyes had two hits for the Trojans, while Austin Curtis suffered the loss on the mound.