By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
A pair of five-run innings fueled the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team as they ran over the Siuslaw Vikings 12-0 in five innings in the Far West League opener Tuesday evening.
"That was a nice first game for us," Coach Steve Padilla said. "I thought we did exactly what we needed to today. We had solid defense, strong pitching and timely hitting."
Senior Jessie Goergen had another excellent outing on the mound, pitching a shutout for the Bruins and never letting Siuslaw seriously threaten.
The Bruins (1-0, 5-6) got on the board early as they tallied two runs in the bottom of the first inning.
Freshman Jillian McCool scored the first run of the game on a passed ball and then Jeana Hensley knocked in Kara Miller to give the Bruins a quick 2-0 lead.
In the top of the second inning, Savannah Beckley made a stellar play in right field to throw out the runner at first after corralling a hard-hit ball.
The Bruins capitalized on the inaccurate pitching of the Vikings in the bottom of the second inning as they scored five runs while drawing six walks.
"They did a nice job with their pitch selection and came up with key hits when needed," Padilla said.
After walking Jennifer Sirchuck, Breanne Manley and Beckley to load the bases, McCool and Miller then drew back-to-back walks to score Sirchuck and Manley.
Beckley scored on a wild pitch and then Goergen hit a grounder to the shortstop that scored McCool from third.
Miller scored the final run of the inning on a passed ball to put the Bruins up 7-0 after only two innings of work.
After Goergen struck out the side in the top of the fourth, the Bruins tacked on five more runs in the bottom inning to put the game out of reach.
Goergen made some noise at the plate as she smashed a long ball over the left field fence for a two-run home run that gave the Bruins a 9-0 advantage.
Hensley followed that bomb with a big hit of her own as she roped a double to the wall and then Brooke Blofsky brought home Hensley with an RBI single to left.
The big hits kept coming in the fourth as Jamie Kay laced a triple to the wall that scored Blofsky.
Ciara Freeman knocked in the final run of the game as she hit an RBI single to left that brought home Kay to put the Bruins up 12-0.
Goergen then put the Vikings down in order to seal up the game and the first league win for the Bruins.
The next action for the Bruins will be a home doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 11, against Douglas.