Jessica Yock pitched the first game and was able to hold Coquille to just two runs over five innings.
“I feel good,” Yock said following the game. “I hit my spots and did what I was supposed to.”
Yock was also effusive in her praise of the defense that stood behind her through the game.
“The team did good,” she said. “We had a few little mess ups in the first inning and they scored, but we came back and didn’t get down on ourselves and played a good game.”
The start was Yock’s first for a complete game this season and Head Coach Steve Bonde was impressed.
“It was Jessica’s first full game,” he said, “and to see her pitch well all game and have good control, that’s good to see.”
The Bruins began the game defensively with a three up, three down inning before letting things slip a little in the second with two straight errors that allowed Coquille to score two runs.
The Bruins rallied in the third though, retiring the top three batters of the line up in order to get out of the inning quick.
Yock allowed two hits in the fourth and walked a batter, but was able to get out of the inning unscathed.
The fifth inning saw Yock strike out the first batter before forcing the second and third batters to hit into easy ground-out plays for the end of the game.
“It’s better,” Bonde said of the Bruin defense. “We’re actually reacting to the ball better; they’re reacting well and moving well to the ball. I’m glad to see that.”
On offense the Bruins opened the game with five stolen bases and three runs in the first inning and kept gathering steam as the game progressed.
They scored another three runs in the second inning and three in the third before opening up the big guns in the fourth inning for seven runs to take the game to its mercy-rule shortened conclusion at 16-7.
The second game was similar to the first, as the Bruins walked away with a 12-2 victory for the sweep of the Red Devils.
“To see them come out and hit the ball hard is good,” Bonde said. “We continued what we did last night, hitting the ball hard and today we hit gaps, which is good to see.”
The Bruins were unable to keep up the defensive pressure as they moved into league play on Tuesday though and dropped their first league game of the season to the Douglas Trojans, 5-12.
Starting pitcher Hannah Goergen gave up ten runs over four innings as errors and mistakes born of being a young team wreaked havoc with her ERA.
“That’s a good team,” Bonde said of the Trojans. “They won league last year and it shows.”
The Bruins hitting came in spurts and wasn’t sustainable enough to produce the runs needed to keep the game close.
“I got a few good hits,” sophomore Halle Ostman said of the game, “but I could have done better. I keep swinging at the first pitch and that’s not good for me.”
According to Bonde the team will put the loss behind them and prepare for the next game which will be a road trip to North Bend for a doubleheader on Friday.
“I saw some good defensive stands,” Bonde said. “Now we just need to be consistent and we’ll be fine.”