Both the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team and softball team headed into the final two games of the season needing wins to secure playoff spots.
When the dust had settled, both teams had earned the right to contend for a 4A state championship.
The Bruins entered Friday’s home doubleheader against South Umpqua in the middle of a Far West league log jam. Depending on what they did against the Lancers, the Bruins could have finished as high as second place or miss the playoffs all together.
BHHS made sure that didn’t happen, sweeping the Lancers in convincing fashion, 4-1 in the first game and 6-1 in the second. Their record entering the playoffs is 15-9-1, and their 11-7 league record is good enough for a second place finish in the Far West league.
“That was a huge goal for us is earning a home playoff game, it hasn’t happened here since 2007,” said Bruin head coach Keith Wallin. “We love everything about our field and we love our fans.
The Bruins will host a home playoff game next week and on Monday morning will find out who they play.
“This is our last season so we want to go as far as possible and get as much out of baseball while we still have time left,” said Chandler Dodd.
Lady Bruin Softball
Entering Friday’s doubleheader at South Umpqua High School the Lady Bruins held their fate in their hands. If they swept the Lancers the Lady Bruins would be crowned Far West league champions. The problem was they were facing a league-leading Lancer team that wasn’t about to let the Lady Bruins come to their house and take a league title away from them.
The Lancers took care of business early on Friday, shutting out the Lady Bruins, 6-0, in the first game of the doubleheader, securing the Far West league title.
BHHS bounced back and won the second game 10-4. They then had to wait and see what Douglas did against Sutherlin to know their playoff fate.
Douglas’ sweep of the Bulldogs meant BHHS finished third in the hotly contested Far West league and will have to travel next week in the play-in round of the playoffs.
The Lady Bruins finished the season 19-6, 13-5 in league. They find out Monday where they will travel too and look to be a tough opponent for any team to draw.