By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
A four-run third inning and a magnificent outing by junior Patrick Carper lifted the Bruins to 4-2 win over the Siuslaw Vikings in the opener of their doubleheader Friday.
In game two, Siuslaw led 13-1 after three innings, but senior Bobby Hansen shut down the Vikings and opened the door for the Bruins (4-5, 5-10) as they stormed back, but fell short in a 13-9 loss.
Game one: Siuslaw 2, Brookings 4
An outstanding pitching performance by Carper in the opener highlighted the victory as the young Bruin defense was able to back him up with a solid outing, allowing only one error in the first game.
Carper did a great job hitting his spots, pitching to the corners and making the Vikings swing at outside strikes.
"He had great command of the strike zone and three pitches," pitching coach Daryl Nelson said. "And he could throw his change-up at any count."
Siuslaw's Tyler Mais put the Vikings up 1-0 with an RBI double in the top of the third inning.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bruins scored four runs on Trevor Roberts in a variety of ways to take a 4-1 lead.
"That inning was a great example of team baseball and great baseball all around," Coach Pat Berkowitz said.
Ryan Gardner led off the inning with a single, followed by a walk by Dustin Paradis and a perfect bunt single by Fred Corpening to load the bases.
Nick Taresh hit a hard ball that ricocheted off third base for a single to bring home Gardner.
Tyler Parke gave the Bruins the lead in the next at-bat as he hit a sacrifice fly to right field to score Paradis.
Carper put the Bruins up 3-1 as he brought home Corpening on a ground out to short stop.
With two outs, Joey LaThorpe drew a walk and Jacob Eszlinger followed with an RBI single up the middle to score Taresh for the final run of the inning.
After cutting the lead to two with a lone run in the sixth, Siuslaw looked to threaten in the seventh, but Parke came in to relieve Carper and forced the Vikings to ground into a game-ending double play with just one pitch.
Carper earned his first win of the year as he struck out six batters and walked three while only giving up four hits.
"My change-up was throwing them off all day," Carper said. "And I was really happy with the way our defense played."
Taresh led the Bruins with two hits while Corpening, Parke, Eszlinger and Gardner each recorded one.
Game two: Siuslaw 13, Brookings 9
Although the Bruins trailed 13-1 after three innings of play, they continued to show their heart and resiliency as they battled back 13-9 before running out of steam.
Siuslaw opened up game two with four runs in the first off of starting pitcher Corpening.
The Bruins answered with a lone run in the bottom of the inning as Carper smashed a double to left to score Parke.
The Vikings added a single run in the second and then two more in the third before Corpening was relieved by Ross McGrath.
But McGrath didn't have any better luck as Siuslaw scored six more runs in the inning, including a two-run home run.
Bobby Hansen came in to record the final out of the inning and helped fuel the Bruins charge at a comeback.
In four innings of relief work, Hansen completely shut down the Vikings, holding them hitless while striking out five batters and only walking one.
"It felt great," Hansen said about his longest outing of the year. "But I wasn't the only guy working out there. The whole team was working. I brought it up a notch and everyone else did too."
Although they were down a whopping 12 runs, the Bruins never quit and never gave up.
In the fourth inning, Hansen scored the first run as the Vikings tried to pick off a stealing Paradis, but a bad throw allowed Hansen to come home and Paradis to advance to third.
Corpening then stepped up to the plate and blasted a two-run homer over the left field fence for his first home run of the season.
Later in the inning, Taresh scored on another bad throw by the Vikings after stealing third base to bring the score to 13-5.
Siuslaw kept the Bruins off the board in the fifth, but the Bruins would add four more runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.
After Gardner, Paradis and Corpening all walked to load the bases, Taresh cleared the bases as he ripped a single up the middle that the center fielder bobbled, allowing all three Bruin speedsters to come home.
Taresh scored later in the inning via a wild pitch to make the score 13-9.
But the Bruins couldn't quite pull off the comeback in the seventh inning as reliever Drew Rainwater was able to secure the win for the Vikings.
"I'm really happy with the kids," Berkowitz said. "They're competing to the last swing and that's all we can ask of them."
Parke and Carper had two hits apiece for the Bruins while Corpening, Taresh, Eszlinger, Hansen and Gardner each had one hit.
Bruins vs. Sutherlin
In a make-up game from Tuesday's rain-out, the Bruins pulled out a narrow 8-7 road victory over the Sutherlin Bulldogs Thursday.
After trailing 7-4 heading into the seventh, the Bruins were able to find ways to score as they tallied four runs in the final inning to steal an 8-7 win.
Parke earned the victory on the mound for the Bruins with a complete game performance.
The next game for the Bruins is a crucial home contest against third place Douglas on Tuesday, April 29. The game begins at 4:30 p.m.