Local Sports Journal

It didn’t seem to matter who Coach Kevin Buchberger sent out to the mound. Each got the job done on Tuesday night in the Blue Bombers 1-0 victory over the Red Hawks in the Marsh Field All-Star Classic baseball game.

The turnout for the evening was announced at 600.

The only hit allowed came off starting pitcher Zach Zweigle, who allowed a one-out line single to center by Orchard View’s Jake Kriger. Zweigle, from Whitehall, later allowed a walk, but got the final two outs. He got one out in the second before giving way to Mona Shores’ Kyle Lawson. He was followed by Montague’s Tristan Schultz, Muskegon Catholic’s Dom DeTorres, Ludington’s Blake Collins, Shelby’s Spencer Peters and North Muskegon’s Adrian Anderson.

“It was a lot of fun being here,” Buchberger said. “I don’t know if you want to call it coaching. I had the best seat in the house over there at third base and I just sat back and watched these guys do their thing.”

The game’s lone run came in the bottom of the first inning. Shelby’s Shane Kajtazi singled to center and Montague’s Zac Gaule followed with a single to right. A wild pitch advanced the runners to second and third. A dropped fly ball off the bat of Anderson allowed Kajtazi to score. Further damage was averted when Holton pitcher Adam Wiegand struck out the next two hitters.

The Red Raiders put two on base in the fifth, but could not get a key hit to either tie the game or take the lead. In the sixth, Mona Shores’ Collin Adams walked, stole second, made it to third, but was stranded there.