By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
An explosive eight-run fourth inning put the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team over the top in their 17-0 drubbing of North Bend in five innings Tuesday.
"We really hit the ball well and continued to play good defense," Coach Steve Padilla said.
With the win, the Bruins are 4-0 in league play and improved to 8-6 overall.
The Bruins scored three runs in the opening inning to burst out to a 3-0 lead.
Kara Miller, Jessie Goergen and Jeana Hensley all crossed home plate in the first inning, aided by multiple errors by North Bend.
In the second inning, Breanne Manley started a Bruin rally with a walk, followed by a bunt single by Savannah Beckley.
North Bend overthrew first base trying to throw out Beckly on the bunt, which allowed Manley to score and Beckley to advance to third.
Jillian McCool then ripped a double that knocked in Beckley to give the Bruins a 5-0 advantage after two.
The Bruins added four more runs in the third inning on base hits by Brooke Blofsky, Jamie Kay, Manley and Miller.
In the fourth, Miller led off the inning with a monster triple and then came home on an RBI single by Goergen.
After multiple runs came home on Bulldog miscues, Manley added to the damage by blasting a two-run double.
Kay scored the final run of the game on a double by Blofsky to propel the Bruins to a 17-0 victory.
On Friday, the Bruins will travel to South Umpqua to battle the Lancers in a pivotal league doubleheader. The first game will start at 3 p.m.
"Friday is an important day for us," Padilla said. "This is going to be a big test for us."
South Umpqua is the two-time defending Far West League champion and is once again considered the team to beat this year.
The Bruins are already taking advantage of having one of the nicest fields in the league with the addition of their new turf infield.
Tuesday's game against North Bend was scheduled to take place up at North Bend, but poor field conditions forced the game to be moved to Brookings.