By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Bruin baseball team suffered their first loss of the year in the second game of a doubleheader with the Rogue River Chieftains on Saturday.
In the first game, the Bruin bats prevailed as they rolled to a 14-0 win in five innings.
But in game two, the Chieftains' pitcher, Eli Haberman, shut down the Bruin hitters and led the Chieftains to a 1-0 win.
Game one Rogue River 0, Brookings-Harbor 14
Ryan LaThorpe and Adam Ehlers led off the first inning with consecutive base hits and then stole second and third base to put themselves in scoring position.
With one out, Derek Nelson stepped up to the plate and raked a ball over the left fielder's head that took one bounce and hopped over the fence for a ground-rule double, scoring LaThorpe and Ehlers in the process.
The next two batters, Tyler Parke and Josh Pruden, both walked to load the bases for Chase Bansemer.
Bansemer hit a shot to the shortstop who should have turned an easy double play, but bobbled the ball instead, allowing Nelson to score.
The Chieftain pitcher, Ryan Castro, then walked John Kennedy to score Parke and give the Bruins a 4-0 lead.
With the bases still loaded and two outs, Lathorpe was up again and hit a ground ball to the shortstop that should have ended the inning, but he bobbled it once again and allowed Pruden and Bansemer to score, giving the Bruins a 6-0 lead in the first inning.
In the second inning, Anthony Longo led off the inning with a single to left.
Back-to-back errors by the Chieftain shortstop let Nelson and Parke aboard to load the bases for the Bruins.
Castro then consecutively walked Pruden and Bansemer, scoring Longo and Nelson and increasing the Bruin lead to 8-0.
Kennedy then ripped his first hit of the game, a double down the third base line, scoring Parke and Pruden.
A hit-by-pitch sent Nick Morris to first to load the bases for LaThorpe, who blooped a base hit over the shortstop's head, scoring Bansemer.
Ehlers then hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Kennedy on the tag from third.
The final run of the inning was scored by Morris via a single by Longo through a hole in the left side of the infield, giving the Bruins a 13-0 lead after just two innings.
The Bruins tallied a lone run in the third as Kennedy grounded out to first base, scoring pinch hitter Josh Howe, who led of the inning with a single.
Parke pitched an exceptional game for the Bruins with a complete game shutout.
Parke only allowed one hit on the day and only walked two batters while striking out 11.
LaThorpe, Longo and Parke each recorded two hits in the game while Kennedy led the Bruins with three RBIs.
Game two Rogue River 1, Brookings-Harbor 0
In game two, both ball clubs got outstanding performances from their pitching staffs.
The Chieftains looked like a drastically different team with Haberman on the mound, who pitched a two-hitter while striking out five Bruins and only walking three.
Nelson started on the mound for the Bruins and pitched well until he found himself in trouble with control issues in the fourth inning.
After walking the first two batters, a wild pitch left runners at first and third with no outs.
Ehlers then replaced Nelson on the mound and forced Mike Christie to hit into a 4-6-3 double play.
But the double play was not quite enough as Castro scored the lone run of the game from third base.
Ehlers finished the game strong, striking out five batters and only allowing one hit.
"Our pitching was stellar," said Coach Pat Berkowitz.
Although the pitching for the Bruins excelled in both games, the Bruins had trouble on the offensive end in the second game.
Ehlers and Kennedy were the only two Bruins to record hits against Haberman.
"We didn't make enough adjustments in order to hit the ball in the second game," said Berkowitz. "We also didn't execute our bunts very well or run the bases well."
While the Bruins have proved that they can blow teams out of the water, they also need to prove that they can win at small ball as well.
"We didn't execute when we needed to and that's something we'll be working on a lot in practice this week," said Berkowitz. "Luckily, it happened in the preseason so we can correct it by the time league play starts."
The Bruins are now 3-1 in preseason play and have outscored their opponents 40-7 in those four games.
Their next game will be at Marshfield at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 22.
In their first game of the year, the Bruins defeated Marshfield 13-5 at home.