BATTLE CREEK (DETROIT FREE PRESS) - Hudsonville managed to find a way to score nine runs on only six hits.
Warren De La Salle helped a bit.
Hudsonville combined some clutch hitting with timely pitching to capture the Division 1 state championship Saturday with a 9-6 victory over De La Salle.
Half of Hudsonville's hits came in the third inning, which was capped by Tyler Baar's three-run home run.
"It was the biggest one of my life," said Baar. "It is indescribable. There was mad adrenalin flowing through me. I was looking for a fastball and that's what I got."
Baar's blast gave Hudsonville (33-5) a 4-2 lead, but De La Salle (20-23-1) and it's never-say-die attitude quickly tied the game and forced Baar from the mound.
"It was very frustrating," Baar said, "but that's what you want in a state championship -- the best game."