By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Three runs in the final two innings propelled the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team over the Douglas Trojans in a 5-3 comeback victory Tuesday.
"It was a huge win for us," Coach Steve Padilla said. "I was really proud of how the girls battled back in a big game like that."
With the win over the Trojans, the Bruins (7-3, 11-9) distanced themselves from Douglas (4-6, 7-11) as they held on to sole possession of third place.
The Bruins got on the scoreboard first as Vanessa Meirer doubled home Breanne Manley in the second inning to put the Bruins up 1-0.
In the third inning, Kara Miller hit a monster triple and then scored later in the inning on a Trojan error to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
Douglas racked up all three of their runs in the fifth inning and took a 3-2 lead heading into the sixth.
But the Bruins answered right back and tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the sixth when Jennifer Sirchuck hit a double that brought home Ciara Freeman.
The Bruins were able to down the Trojans in the bottom half of the inning and then looked to take the lead in the top of the seventh.
Meirer singled, Jillian McCool walked and then the Trojans intentionally walked Miller to load the bases.
With two outs and the bases loaded, Freeman hit a clutch two-run double to score Meirer and McCool and put the Bruins ahead 5-3.
The Trojans started off the bottom of the seventh with a lead-off single, but then Meirer made an incredible catch in right field to keep the runner at first.
Pitcher Jessie Goergen then retired the final two Trojan batters to seal the victory for the Bruins.
In JV action, the Bruins fell 18-4 to Douglas in a home contest.
The next game for the varsity Bruins will be a home doubleheader against North Bend on Thursday, May 1, starting at 3 p.m.
The JV girls play their doubleheader at North Bend at 3 p.m.