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Multiple Teams · Bucs Pride Night for Baseball

Duncan MacLean

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — They say good defense breeds offense, and that you are only as good as your next play. The Buccaneers and Lakers proved that in their doubleheader at Grand Haven High School on Friday.

The Grand Haven and Spring Lake baseball teams met as part of Grand Haven’s Bucs Pride Night that brought together the junior varisty and varsity softball and baseball teams for a Drawbridge Classic extraordinaire.

The Bucs took Game 1 in dramatic fashion, grabbing the tying, go-ahead and winning runs in one fell swoop in the bottom of the first extra inning.

The Lakers turned their play around in Game 2, following up a stalwart defensive performance with a barrage of offense, while the Bucs followed up their dramatic victory with a healthy dose of antics.

Game 1 featured a marquee pitching mathchup between Grand Haven’s Sean Casey and Spring Lake’s C.J. Saxe. The two went back-and-forth for all seven regular innings; dealing strikeouts, fly outs, groundouts and very few walks.

“Their pitcher kept us off-balance,” Grand Haven head coach Mike Hansen said. “We couldn’t square anything up. When you get a guy who throws faster or slower than you are used to seeing, you have to adjust. Our guys just did not adjust.”

“C.J. (Saxe) did a heck of a job today,” Spring Lake head coach Jeff Lindsey said. ”He has never gone that far in a game, that was great.”

By the end of the seventh, each team had mustered just two hits apiece and neither had… click here to read the rest of the article by the Grand Haven Tribune.