The Big Buc Invitational baseball tournament was slated to showcase Grand Haven and three other baseball teams in a celebration of the new spring season, but failure to schedule a fourth team and a failure to show by the third left just one opponent for the Bucs to beat up on.
In an on the fly doubleheader, Grand Haven took both victories by mercy, totaling the day at 29-0 over Fremont in seven innings. The Bucs took Game 1, 14-0, through four innings, and Game 2, 15-0, after three innings, improving their record to 2-3 on the year.
“I expected that we would play good baseball, and that is all I expected,” Grand Haven head coach Mike Hansen said of the schedule change. “I felt good about the way we approached the game. We try to not let those things bother us, we just show up and play ball and have a good time.”
The Bucs certainly showed up in Game 1. Any worries of a lack of focus were erased as they raced to crack 15 hits in four innings of play.
The hitting streak combined with poor Fremont fielding added up to 15 runs to trigger an early mercy.
Leading the clean plate club was Ryan Mattson, who went 3-for-3 at the dish, while driving in three runs. All three trips to the bases ended at home for a run, along with… to read more about boys baseball by the Grand Haven Tribune click here.