By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Rain and poor field conditions only allowed the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team to play one of three games scheduled over the first two days of their spring break.
The Bruins were slated to play a doubleheader against the Junction City Tigers on Monday, but made it through just five innings of the first game before it was called due to rain.
After an hour delay to try and prep the already damp field, the Bruins wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard.
Ryan LaThorpe and Derek Nelson used back-to-back singles and a double steal to put themselves in scoring position at second and third base.
With two outs, Tyler Parke drew a walk and loaded the bases for Josh Pruden.
After fighting off several foul balls, Pruden ripped a three-run double that scored LaThorpe, Nelson and Parke.
"Tyler battled for a walk and Josh fouled off about four pitches before his double," said Coach Pat Berkowitz. "Those were two huge two-strike at bats, both with two outs."
Chase Bansemer sent Pruden home with an RBI single to give the Bruins a 4-0 lead after the first inning.
Starting pitcher Tyler Parke got a little help from his infield in the bottom of the first as LaThorpe made a nice play to his right, flipped the ball to shortstop Adam Ehlers who fired the ball to John Kennedy at first for the 4-6-3 double play.
"Tyler did an outstanding job on the mound and our defense really helped as well," said Berkowitz.
Parke pitched five innings, striking out seven, walking none and giving up only four hits. Parke has yet to give up an earned run on the year and has a 3-0 record.
The Bruins added an insurance run in the top of the fifth inning as Nelson singled in LaThorpe.
After LaThorpe reached base on a walk, a pair of wild pitches caused by the wet weather advanced LaThorpe to third before getting knocked in by Nelson for the 5-0 victory.
"They faced a very good pitcher and our kids took care of business," said Berkowitz. "They conducted themselves very well under tough conditions and a tough day."
The Bruins were also supposed to play a single game at Cottage Grove on Tuesday, but that game was also cancelled because of rain.
The next games for the Bruins will be a doubleheader against McKinleyville on Tuesday, April 3 at home starting at 3 p.m.