By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
A pair of three-run home runs in the fifth inning aided the North Bend Bulldogs as they rolled to a 15-2 victory over the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team Tuesday evening.
Junior Fred Corpening started the game for the Bruins and had a few control issues early.
After walking the bases loaded, Corpening was able to get out of the jam with minor damage, striking out two batters while only giving up one run in the inning.
Corpening retired the side in the second, but then the Bulldogs were able to tally three runs in the third to take a 4-0 lead.
Patrick Carper took the mound in the fourth for the Bruins, but didn't make it out of the inning as North Bend tacked on four runs via three hits and two errors for an 8-0 lead.
Joey LaThorpe relieved Carper in the fourth and retired the final two batters.
In the top of the fifth inning, three-run homers by Ethan Ottemiller and Skyler Walton capped off a seven-run inning that put the Bulldogs up 15-0.
But the Bruins broke up the Bulldogs' shutout bid as they tallied two runs in the bottom of the fifth inning.
LaThorpe and Bobby Hansen both reached on North Bend errors and then Jacob Eszlinger rifled a double down the third base line that scored LaThorpe and Hansen for the only Bruin runs of the game.
"We got some runs in the fifth and that showed some character," Coach Pat Berkowitz said. "It showed character not to quit."
The Bruins were only able to get three hits on the day as Eszlinger, Corpening and Tyler Parke registered hits.
Junior ace Bryce Weidman took the mound for the Bulldogs (4-0, 8-2) and only gave up three hits while striking out 12 batters in just five innings of work.
"Weidman is a good pitcher and pretty close to Tyler (Parke)," Berkowitz said. "For a lot of these kids, it was their first time seeing someone like that."
The next game for the Bruins (1-3, 2-8) will be a home doubleheader against South Umpqua on Friday, April 18. The first game will start at 3 p.m.