Starting pitcher Courtney Kay forced a pop-up and two ground-outs to go three up, three down in the top half of the first, and after Hannah Baron took four straight balls for a walk to first she stole second. Baron then advanced to third on an overthrow by the Vikings catcher before being scored by Hannah Goergen’s line drive single.
The single run would be all the Bruins scored in the first inning but a seven-run blast in the second inning and a single run in the third would give the Bruins all they needed to hang on for the 9-7 victory.
“They played well; they hit well and played reasonably good defense throughout the game,” Head Coach Steve Bonde said. “They backed up Courtney really well. Courtney played a hell of a game. That was the best I’ve seen her pitch all year. That’s the boost we need headed into Sutherlin on Friday.”
For the Bruins’ seniors the game was the perfect end to their final season of high school softball.
“It’s bittersweet, because it’s over for home games,” senior Kayla Webre said. “I know that we’re an amazing team and I’ve seen all that we can do from Little League ’til now. So I just hope we stay within ourselves and do what we’re best at.”
The Bruins will try to do their best on the road at Sutherlin on Tuesday in a doubleheader.