Hitting the ball wasn’t a problem. Fielding the ball wasn’t a problem. Daylight was a problem as the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team had the second game of its doubleheader against Marshfield High School called because of darkness.
Bryce Aldrich puts metal to leather during Friday’s doubleheader action against Marshfield. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
“We hit the ball really well,” Assistant Coach Charlie Jenkins said following the second game. “It’s a great way to get things started. It creates the momentum we need to carry us into league play.”
The Bruins won the first game 8-5, scoring 1 run in the first inning and 7 runs in the fourth inning.
The Bruins gave up 1 run in the third and 4 runs in the fourth to make the game finale.
Head Coach Darrel Nelson is ready for the season, even though the team hasn’t been able to get on the field much.
“I think we’re a little slow starting,” he said, “but I’m excited about the direction we’re going.”
The second game, which was called by the umpire due to darkness, found the Bruins leading 7-0 before they were forced to remove their cleats for the day at the end of the fourth.
Of the Bruins’ runs in the second game, four of them came in the third inning and two of those were scored on a triple by A.J. Briganti.
“It felt good,” Briganti said of his long ball. “It was a big confidence boost for the whole team.”
Nelson agreed about it being a good swing.
“It was a big hit that broke open the game,” Nelson said. “And he runs well so any shot in the gap is a threat to be a triple.”
While the Bruins offense was soaring high Friday, the defense was also taking care of the game, with catcher Izak Ehlers throwing out three runners, and a runners’ pickle which ended in second baseman Corwin Farquhar tagging out the Pirate runner.
The Bruin pitching staff pitched well according to Jenkins.
Trevor Gallian, Nick Ensley and Tyler Kido tag-teamed the first game, while Bryce Aldrich and Ronnie Manley took care of the four-inning shutout.
“I’m real excited about our pitching staff,” he said.
The Bruins have a break until they travel to Arcata on Friday for the Arcata Tournament.
JV wins 10-1 over
Starting pitcher Wyatt Aldrich carried a no-hitter deep into the sixth inning before giving up one hit with two out in the top of the sixth, just before the game was called to turn the field over the varsity squads.
“I don’t think he knew he had a no-hitter going,” JV Coach Keith Wallin said following the game.
Aldrich not only pitched a one-hit, six-inning game, but he struck out 14 batters and hit 2-for-3 with three RBI.
“We played really well,” Wallin said. “It was the first game after only four practices outside. The kids were really excited to play outside.”
The JV squad will play Riddle High School in doubleheader action on Thursday at the high school baseball field. The game is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m.