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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