The Brookings-Harbor boys baseball team suffered their first losses of the season last Saturday, dropping both games of a double header to the Hidden Valley Mustangs.
The Mustangs scored 21 runs in the two games, winning 11-1 in the first game and 10-5 in the second.
Game 1: Mustangs 11, Bruins 1
BHHS committed seven errors in the first game and only managed one hit, a run-scoring double by catcher Izak Ehlers. Bruin pitchers Wyatt Aldrich, Christian Edwards and Ehlers combined to allow just seven hits in the game, but BHHS errors were costly as just three of the Mustangs’ 11-runs were earned.
“We have to learn that our issues are not on the field right now,” said Bruin heach coach Keith Wallin, candidly. “The things we have to do to get better are between the ears. We knew that going into the season.”
Game 2: Mustangs 10, Bruins 5
In the second game, the Bruins found themselves down six before their first at-bats as starting pitcher had trouble finding the strike zone in the first inning, giving up six walks and a hit in one-third of an inning.
BHHS fought back however, scoring two runs in both the first and fourth innings, making it a 6-4 game entering the fifth inning.
Once again the big inning hurt the Bruins, as the Mustangs tallied four runs in the fifth inning to blow the game open.
BHHS scratched a run across in the seventh inning to round out the scoring at 10-5.
Bruin relievers Ronnie Manley and Ehlers combined for 6-2/3 innings, striking out five while only allowing two walks and no earned runs.
“I think the pitching was halfway decent as a whole, it was just one bad inning in the first game and one bad inning in the second game,” said Wallin.
“The reality is, we don’t need to peak this early in the season, we need to peak in May and give ourselves a chance to play in the postseason. If we had to lose these two ballgames to learn that then I’m OK with that.”