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Multiple Teams · Baseball Gets Win Over Fruitport

Duncan MacLean

FRUITPORT — Local bragging rights are a hot commodity along the Lakeshore, regardless of class, division or conference.

The Grand Haven baseball team got theirs Friday night as they crossed the drawbridge and beyond to battle Fruitport on the road. The Trojans had no answer for the hot Buccaneer bats, which lit up the home team for a 19-0 victory.

“Everything went our way, and nothing went theirs,” Grand Haven head coach Mike Hansen said. “We certainly are not 19 runs better than that team, but that is how it goes sometimes.”

Prolific hitting by Grand Haven and a few key errors for the Trojans allowed the game to get out of hand early, putting the Trojans in the hot seat right away.

Grand Haven took a commanding lead in the second inning, beginning with a Trojan error. A blooper single turned into a triple for Brandon Tuuk as the throw sailed over the Fruitport first baseman.

Jarret Prins took the next at bat for Grand Haven and a free base after Newsted connected with his first of three batters. A squeeze bunt by Max Schweikert brought home the Bucs’ first run, and the rest was history.

The antics continued for the Fruitport defense as errors and misplays allowed the runs to pile up. Grand Haven poured on four in the second inning, six in the third and nine in the fourth to seal the mercy victory.

“That’s baseball,” Fruitport head coach Nick Reed said. “When they are hitting the holes and gaps and then you kick the ball around and give them extra outs, it is going to happen like that. It is uncharacteristic of us to kick it around like that, but credit to them, they took advantage.”

A few players stood out from the droves of Grand Haven base hits, RBIs and steals for coach Hansen.

“It was nice to see Max Schweikert get some at bats. He is our catcher and usually gets pinch hit for, but today he got some nice at bats,” Hansen said. “Brady Jonas had some nice hits today to get his bat going a little bit and Owen Krizan, our freshman, had a long double that was a first for him and It was good to see him throw four innings of good baseball.”

The Trojans managed just three hits in the outing. Dominic Colegrove and Jakob Carlisle knocked… click here to read more by the Grand Haven Tribune.