By Jason Goorman
MUSKEGON – The Muskegon Catholic baseball team knew it would take a great effort to beat rival Mona Shores in a non-league showdown on Wednesday.
The Crusaders got that from standout pitcher Nick Holt.
“(Holt) threw his off speed stuff a lot, but you know that’s a really good hitting Mona Shores team and they squared up on a couple of them,” said MCC coach Mark Schuitema. “But we hit the ball good today and found a good start.”
Dominic Woodard stepped up with a sacrifice fly to drive in his brother Anthony from third base and Winzer from second to give MCC a 2-0 lead.
MCC struck again in the second inning on Anthony Woodard’s RBI double, which drove in Griffen Seymour. The Crusaders added runs in the fifth and sixth innings.
“We had a couple chances but the thing about Holt is he just pounded the strike zone,” said Mona Shores coach Walt Gawkowski. “He got his fastball over and his breaking ball over and that makes it tough.”
Noah Dykstra started the Sailors’ first rally in the fourth inning with a base hit. He eventually scored on a Ryan Bramer grounder. Mona Shores added its final run in the seventh inning on Elijah Wilson’s RBI single that drove in Chase Baker, who reached base with a triple.