By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Brookings-Harbor High School softball team finished up their preseason schedule as they split a doubleheader with the North Valley Knights Friday afternoon.
In the opening game, the Bruins used three big innings to catapulted themselves to a 9-1 win over the Knights.
But in game two, the Knights used a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to edge out the Bruins 4-3.
After giving up a lone run in the bottom of the first inning in game one, Jessie Goergen shut down the Knights for the remaining six innings, only allowing one baserunner the rest of the game.
The Bruins scored four runs in the top of the third inning as Goergen, Jeana Hensley, Brooke Blofsky and Jamie Kay all scored after reaching on base hits.
Blofsky knocked in Kara Miller and Goergen in the fourth inning to add a pair of runs and put the Bruins up 6-1.
The final three Bruin runs came in the fifth inning as they capitalized on a pair of errors by North Valley to make the final score 9-1.
"We just started to put the ball in play and took advantage of the opportunities provided to us," Coach Steve Padilla said.
In game two, the Knights took the early 1-0 lead as they notched the first run of the game in the second inning.
But the Bruins answered right back with three runs in the top of the third.
After singles by Jillian McCool and Miller, Goergen brought the two runners home with a huge triple to put the Bruins up 2-1. Goergen scored later in the inning on a fielder's choice.
Hensley, who was pitching her first game of the year, kept the Knights off the scoreboard until the sixth inning, when North Valley added on e run to cut the lead to 3-2.
The Bruins were unable to add any insurance runs in the top of the seventh and the Knights took advantage by tallying two runs in the bottom of the inning to secure the 4-3 comeback win.
"Jeana did an outstanding job for us in her time on the mound this year," Padilla said.
Goergen led the Bruins with four hits in the doubleheader and Hensley added three.
The Bruins (4-6) begin their league schedule Tuesday, April 8 in a home game against Siuslaw at 4:30 p.m.