The Bucs continued their storybook season with a 2-0 win over No. 12 Saginaw Heritage in the state quarterfinals at Central Michigan University on Tuesday, earning them a spot in the Division 1 Final Four and a date with Northville in the semifinals. That game will be played Thursday at 9 .m. at Michigan State University.
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After their chain of seventh-inning miracles in the regional tournament, the Bucs flipped the script and took an early lead over the Hawks, putting up two runs in the fifth inning.
That lead carried all the way into the final half inning, when Heritage nearly gave Grand Haven a taste of their own medicine.
Beginning their walk-off inning with two singles, Heritage caught a glimpse of the semifinals with the winning run at the plate and no outs.
The Bucs recorded their first out on a bunt try, as Schweikert charged the plate, scooped the short bunt and got it to second baseman Jarrett Prins covering first base.
With runners at second and third and the Hawk’s No. 3 hitter in the hole, Grand Haven coach Mike Hansen had a tough call to make.
“We needed a double play,” he said. “Their left-handed hitter against a right-handed pitcher has the advantage, and he is one of their better hitters.”
Hansen elected to intentionally walk the lefty, bringing up a notorious Heritage hitter, as mentioned in a scouting report.
“I was told to avoid their No. 1 and 3 hitters with runners in scoring position if you can,” Hansen said. “But, you gotta go with what baseball tells you. Baseball says you put the guy on and put the double play in order and take your chances with the big hitter. He is… click here to read more about the Bucs Baseball teams’ run by the Grand Haven Tribune.