Bucs overcome bad karma; topple Trojans

Some “baseball karma” in the fifth inning got visiting Fruitport back into Thursday’s contest against Grand Haven, but the Buccaneers’ bats caught fire in the sixth, scoring four runs to take an 8-4 win.
Nich Wolak
May 1, 2014

Grand Haven held a 4-0 lead heading into the fifth inning, and starter Noah Wittkopp had a perfect game at that point. 

What happened next, Grand Haven coach Michael Hansen and Fruitport coach Nick Reed referred to as “baseball karma.”

On a grounder hit to the mound in the fifth inning, Wittkopp fielded it and walked the ball to first base rather than tossing the ball to the bag. The Trojans took that as poor sportsmanship, and they let their bats do the talking.

“Their kid threw hard, he threw strikes,” said Reed. “We were a little behind. He had a perfect game through four, a ton of strikeouts. We were taking good cuts in the fifth.

“We had a shot over the middle, he fields it, and walks it over to first. Then the baseball karma kind of gets him. We smoke one to right, and we score three that inning. We started to string some hits together and have more productive at bats.”

Travis Grimm scored the Trojans’ first run on a single by Austin Curtis.

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I wonder if the pitcher even knew he was doing something unsportsmanlike? That's one thing not being coached at GH... "the game". The little things only baseball players understand.


westside444 - Is that why the coach called time out after the play and had a meeting with his pitcher in the middle of a perfect game? Why else would he do that? You have no idea what you're talking about.

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