By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Two big innings at the plate doomed the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team as the Henley Hornets scored five runs on two occasions on their way to a 10-0 victory in the second round of the playoffs Tuesday.
"We didn't play quite as well as we were capable of and they were a very good team," Coach Steve Padilla said. "They had a good pitcher and good hitters."
Henley's sophomore pitcher Autumn Wedan held the Bruins to just one hit as she struck out 12 batters in a gem of a pitching performance.
Freshman Vanessa Meirer recorded the only hit for the Bruins with an infield single in the third inning.
After putting the Hornets down in order in the first inning, starting pitcher Jessie Goergen got out of the jam in the second as the Hornets threatened with runners on second and third with just one out.
But in the third inning, the Hornets got on the board as Brittany Grant hit a two-run home run with two outs to give the Hornets a 2-0 lead.
Following back-to-back singles, Tia Sellars hit a two-run double to score Wedan and Mariah Mahon to extend the Hornet lead.
Henley added another run in the inning all of them scored with two outs and held a 5-0 advantage after three innings of play.
Goergen and the Bruin defense snuck out of another bind in the fourth inning as the Hornets once again had runners on second and third with just one out.
The Bruins continued to struggle at the plate and could not muster any run production in the top of the fifth inning.
In the bottom of the inning, the Hornets ended the game with five runs.
The big blow came from Sierra Patzke as she cleared the bases with a three-run base hit and then came all the way home on a throwing error by the Bruins.
Pinch-hitter Kayla Prock knocked in the game-winning run to conclude the scoring, giving Henley the 10-0 win.
The loss marked the final high school game for five Bruin seniors Goergen, Kara Miller, Brooke Blofsky, Jamie Kay and Jennifer Sirchuck.
The Bruins ended the season with a final record of 15-12 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs with a 4-1 win over Junction City last Friday.
"I'm just proud of what our girls accomplished over the course of our season," Padilla said. "They're a fantastic group of kids."