A trying season for the Grand Haven varsity baseball team continued on Thursday as the Buccaneers suffered a crushing 8-7 loss to Grandville.
Grand Haven led 6-3 in the bottom of the sixth inning, only to give up five runs as the host Bulldogs grabbed an 8-6 lead.
In the seventh, the Bucs scored once and had a runner on second, but a line drive by Jared Kelly was caught for a game-ending double play.
Chad Mattson was fantastic offensively for the Bucs, going 4-for-4, including a triple to lead off the seventh inning.
Jeff Stevens added three hits, including a double, while Connor Grimes and Nathan Bonter had two hits each.
The Bucs’ red-hot bats finished with 15 hits on the day.
SOFTBALL SUFFERS ANOTHER LOSS
Grand Haven’s varsity softball team was handed a 6-0 loss by O-K Red foe Rockford on Thursday.
SL SOFTBALL MERCIED BY PUFFER
An injury and sickness-riddled Spring Lake softball team was no match for a talented Reeths-Puffer squad on Thursday, as the Rockets scored a 10-0 win in five innings.
Spring Lake played without freshman standout Desi Parker, who is scheduled to get an MRI on her injured knee today. Senior Emily Blahnik, who has an injured thumb, was used only in the field, and junior second baseman Jamie Kossuth has missed the past three days due to illness.
Still, Lakers’ coach Bill Core strongly believed it could have been a 0-0 game, as starting pitcher Ashley Keena was superb, but Spring Lake’s defense committed eight errors, five of which came in the outfield.
The Rockets kept the Lakers’ offense in check, as Mikaela Ederer had their only hit.
Spring Lake will play in the Traverse City West Invitational on Saturday, where the Lakers will face Lake Orion (No. 3 in Division 1) and Troy (honorable mention in Division 1).