By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
A five-run seventh inning blew the game open for the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team as the Bruins shut out the Rogue River Chieftains 8-0 Friday afternoon.
"I'm really proud of the girls," Coach Steve Padilla said. "They were stuck inside all week, but they came to play today and really swung the bats."
The Bruins (1-1) had an outstanding performance from pitcher Jessie Goergen, who threw a one-hitter against the Chieftains.
"Jessie and our catcher Brooke (Blofsky) did an outstanding job today," Padilla said. "Brooke called a great game and Jessie pitched great."
Goergen had nine strikeouts while only walking three batters, but also got tremendous help from the defense behind her.
After going three and out in the top of the first inning, the Bruins were able to capitalize on a number of Chieftain throwing errors in the second inning as they scored a pair of runs.
Jeana Hensley and Jennifer Sirchuck both scored on wild pitches to give the Bruins a 2-0 lead after the second inning.
Rogue River's McKenzie Cates was able to keep the Bruins off the scoreboard until the top of the sixth inning when Blofsky knocked in Goergen who hit a hard triple to the wall with an infield single to put the Bruins up 3-0.
In the seventh inning, the floodgates opened for the Bruins as they hammered Cates for five runs on four hits.
Vanessa Meirer led off the inning with a bloop single over the shortstop.
Jamie Kay then walked and stole second to give the Bruins runners on second and third.
Pinch-hitter Ciara Freeman stepped up to the plate and cleared the bases with a two-run double.
After Jillian McCool was hit by a pitch, Goergen blasted her second triple of the game to score Freeman and McCool and put the Bruins up 7-0.
Blofsky knocked in Goergen for the final run of the game with an RBI triple of her own.
Goergen finished off the Chieftains in the bottom of the seventh as she helped the Bruins hold on for the 8-0 win.
Today (March 22) the Bruins play a doubleheader at Phoenix and then are home for a doubleheader on Monday, March 24 against Marshfield. The first game will start at 11 a.m. and the games will be played at Azalea Park while the high school softball field is being resurfaced.