By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Senior Jessie Goergen knocked in the winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning to propel the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team to a 4-3 victory over the Rogue River Chieftains Tuesday evening.
"Jessie is an outstanding hitter and she came through with a big hit," Coach Steve Padilla said. "We really raised our game in the last couple of innings and our hitters did a nice job making adjustments in the final inning."
Jillian McCool started out the late rally as she ran out a hard hit ball bobbled by the second baseman.
Kara Miller followed and, after a long battle at the plate, hit an infield single.
With runners on first and second, Goergen smoked the game-winning single up the middle to score McCool from second.
The Bruins (3-5) had all six seniors back in the starting line-up as they played their first game in a week.
The softball team also played their first game on their new turf infield, which will allow the girls to play on the field year-round.
Rogue River came out of the gates strong, scoring two runs in the top of the first.
But the Bruins answered right back with three runs of their own in the bottom of the inning.
With the bases loaded, McCool scored the first Bruin run on a wild pitch after leading off the inning with a hit-by-pitch.
Jamie Kay then cleared the bases as she launched a bomb over the head of the right fielder, scoring Goergen and Jeana Hensley to give the Bruins a 3-2 lead.
The Chieftains tied the game with a lone run in the third inning, but were shut down by Goergen for the rest of the game, scattering four hits over the final five innings.
Goergen also struck out a game-high 14 batters on the night.
Brooke Blofsky had another strong night behind the plate as she threw out two Chieftain baserunners and made a key play at home flipping the ball to Goergen to tag out the runner at home after a passed ball.
Chieftain pitcher McKenzie Cates also had an excellent outing on the mound, striking out 13 Bruin batters on the day.
Miller, Goergen, Hensley and Kay registered the only Bruin hits on the day while McCool led the Bruins with two runs scored and Kay had two RBIs.
The next game for the Bruins will be at 3 p.m. on Friday, April 4 at North Valley.