Sweep the best team in the Far West League, and keep destiny in the hands of those who want it, or lose a game and hope that the gods of baseball smile favorably upon a team struggling to break .500 for the season.
Those were the two options for the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team as they headed into Friday’s doubleheader matchup against the Lancers of South Umpqua.
The Bruins needed to win both games against the Lancers, or win one and have North Bend sweep Douglas.
The second option is what they got as they lost game one, 3-8, through mental errors on defense and then strung together three 2-run innings in the second game to split the doubleheader with a 6-2 victory in the second.
In the first game, A.J. Briganti was left hanging to dry by his defense as fielding errors allowed all but three of the runs score, and the Bruins’ bats just couldn’t find purchase until the fifth inning when Tyler Kido’s solo home run sparked a too-little-too late offensive drive.
In game two Tyler Kido took to the mound for 5.1 innings before Trevor Gallian took over in relief.
“I knew I had to come in and throw strikes,” Gallian said, “and do what I could to get an out.”
Offensively the Bruins got off to a solid start with 2 runs in both the first and second innings, and then two more in the fourth.
The fourth-inning runs were the product of excellent baseball strategy and solid hitting when a single by Corey Garvin scored Joey LeFebvre and Garvin worked the pickle long enough to allow Isaac Sanders to score from third.
“I’m happy for the kids,” Head Coach Darrel Nelson said. “They came out and worked hard. It would have been easy to just come out and mail in the game after losing the first one, but they got it taken care of.”
The Bruins face either North Valley or Klamath Union next week in an OSAA round-of-32 play-in game.