By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Although the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team led early on in both games against North Bend, the Bruins were unable to hold off the Bulldogs as they were swept in Thursday's doubleheader.
After scoring the first two runs in game one, the Bruins were shut out the rest of the way as the Bulldogs took the opener 13-2.
The Bruins also led 3-1 in the nightcap, but couldn't fend off North Bend as they fell 4-3.
"They competed all the way and lost to a very tough team," Coach Pat Berkowitz said. "They came back strong after getting blown out in the first game and that's all you can ask of them."
North Bend remained undefeated in league play and the Bruins (5-7, 6-12) will now need to win their final three games to keep their playoff hopes alive.
In game one, the Bruins jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning as Fred Corpening scored on a sacrifice fly by Patrick Carper and Joey LaThorpe had an RBI single that scored Nick Taresh.
But the Bruins would not be able to score again and the Bulldogs would tack on 13 runs over four innings for the 13-2 triumph.
The Bruins managed only five hits in the game, led by Taresh with two. Chase Bansemer, who played in his first game of the season, recorded one hit as did LaThorpe and Bobby Hansen.
After North Bend took a quick 1-0 lead in game two, the Bruins answered with a lone run in the second as Hansen doubled home LaThorpe to tie the game at 1-1.
In the third, the Bruins took a 3-1 lead when Carper hit an RBI single to score Corpening and Bansemer used a sacrifice fly to bring home Tyler Parke.
North Bend tied the game with a pair of runs in the third and then scored the go-ahead run in the fifth for the 4-3 win.
"It was a well-fought game," Berkowitz said. "And Bobby (Hansen) pitched well in his first start of the year."
The Bruins had six hits in game two, led by a pair of hits from Parke. Corpening, Carper, LaThorpe and Hansen had the other Bruin hits.
The next game for the Bruins is at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, at South Umpqua.
Their final home games of the year will be a doubleheader against Sutherlin at 3 p.m. on Friday, May 9.