By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
A three-run seventh inning propelled the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team to a dramatic 4-1 victory over the Junction City Tigers Friday afternoon in the first round of the state playoffs.
"We just came out and put it on," Coach Steve Padilla said of the big inning. "We got four big hits by four of our seniors and that was great to see."
With the game tied at 1-1 heading into the top of the seventh, senior Kara Miller got the Bruins started off in the right direction as she led off the inning with a double off the wall.
Senior Jessie Goergen followed with an RBI base hit as she knocked in Miller from second to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.
Two batters later, senior Jennifer Sirchuck hit a monster double to the wall to score Goergen, and put the Bruins up 3-1.
With two outs, senior Jamie Kay gave the Bruins a three-run cushion as she singled and scored Sirchuck from second, who safely slid home to finalize the scoring at 4-1.
Goergen then retired the Tigers in order in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win for the Bruins.
"I'm just really proud of how we played and how we stuck together in a tight game," Padilla said.
The Bruins struck first in the game as they tallied a single run in the top of the first inning.
Freshman Jillian McCool led off the game and reached base via a Tiger error.
Miller then bunted McCool over to second base.
With two down, Sirchuck stepped up to the plate and recorded her first RBI of the game with a single that scored the fleet-footed McCool from second to give the Bruins an early 1-0 lead.
Goergen and the Bruin defense held the Tigers scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Junction City added a lone run to tie the game at 1-1.
"On the mound, Jessie just did an outstanding job and made adjustments when she needed," Padilla said.
At the plate, Sirchuck led the Bruins with three hits and two RBI, while Kay and Miller each had two hits apiece.
"Jennifer (Sirchuck) has just been tearing up the ball lately and I'm really happy to see Jamie (Kay) hit as well," Padilla said.
The Bruins (10-5, 15-11) now advance to the second round of the playoffs to take on the Henley Hornets on Tuesday, May 20 in Klamath Falls.
Henley is the No. 1 seed out of the Skyline League and finished the season with a 14-1 league record and 18-6 mark overall.