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Defense holds North Bend to 4

Brookings-Harbor High School second baseman Brandon Holteen fields a ball during the Bruins’ 0-4 loss to the Bulldogs of North Bend High School on Tuesday. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Brookings-Harbor High School second baseman Brandon Holteen fields a ball during the Bruins’ 0-4 loss to the Bulldogs of North Bend High School on Tuesday. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team may have lost 0-4 to the North Bend Bulldogs on Tuesday afternoon but Head Coach Keith Wallin was satisfied with the game’s outcome.

“They are coming into this game averaging almost 11 runs a game,” Wallin said. “We actually executed what our game plan was: keep them off balance at the plate; play good defense; and put the ball in play.”

“I felt we played well enough for that game to have been 0-0 going into the seventh,” he added. “Couple of things we could have tightened up on, but we’re really close to playing with any team in the state. That team there is used to scoring a ton of runs and we held them to four. That is really good for us.”

The Bruins gave up one run in the first inning and two in the second on what, according to Wallin, was a “wind-aided home run.” 

The final nail in the 4-run coffin was a run in the third inning.

Starting pitcher Ronnie Manley began the game with four solid innings before turning over the reins to relief pitcher Corwin Farquhar in the top of the fifth.

Farquhar recorded the Bruins’ only strikeout, but both pitchers consistently forced opposing batters to hit ground balls allowing the Bruins defense to get the much needed outs.

The Bruins are home again on Friday with a doubleheader game against the Vikings of Siuslaw. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. with the second following at the conclusion of the first.

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