By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Tough luck continued to haunt the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team as they lost their fourth one-run game in a row with a 3-2 loss to Siuslaw in the Far West League opener Tuesday night.
"The kids played hard," Coach Pat Berkowitz said. "It was a good game. Unfortunately, we came out on the bottom end this time."
The Bruins held a one-run lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but a couple of costly errors led to the game-winning, two-run hit.
"I'm really proud of the kids," Berkowitz said. "I'm disappointed for them, the way it turned out, but I'm happy that they competed."
Tyler Parke had another strong outing on the mound for the Bruins, striking out 10 while only giving up four hits and one earned run.
"We're a young team and we're only getting better," Berkowitz said. "But it's tough being in the middle of it right now and losing four straight one-run games."
The Bruins struck first as they scored a lone run in the top of the third inning, as Parke knocked in Dustin Paradis who reached base via a fielder's choice.
Siuslaw tied the game in the fourth inning, but the Bruins retook the lead in the fifth as Parke recorded his second RBI of the day, bringing home Nick Taresh with a base hit.
After the Vikings' two in the bottom of the sixth, the Bruins had a chance to make a comeback, but couldn't produce any offense as they fell to Siuslaw 3-2.
Taresh led the Bruins with three hits on the day and Parke added two.
Joey LaThorpe and Jacob Eszlinger recorded the only other Bruin hits.
The Bruins did a better job at the plate Tuesday, striking out only five times against the Vikings after striking out in double digits in two of the last three games.
Brookings-Harbor 3, McKinleyville 4
The Bruins suffered the same fate just 24 hours earlier as they fell in the seventh inning to the McKinleyville Panthers Monday.
Junior Fred Corpening got the start for the Bruins, but had a few control problems and allowed two runs in the bottom of the second.
Patrick Carper relieved Corpening in the third inning and held the Panthers scoreless for four straight innings.
The Bruins got on the board in the third inning as Corpening scored from third as the catcher tried to throw out Ross McGrath stealing second.
In the bottom of the fourth, the Bruins used the same strategy to tie the game when Paradis came home after the Vikings tried to throw out Taresh at second.
Parke then put the Bruins up 3-2 as he roped a stand-up double to straight away center to score Taresh.
In the top of the seventh, with two outs and runners on second and third, Carper looked like he was going to get out of the jam, but a beautiful breaking ball was called just low to put the count full.
The Panthers' Josh Boyer then hit the next pitch to left field to score two runs and put the Panthers up 4-3.
With a runner on third base, the Bruins had a chance to tie up the game in the bottom of the seventh, but a missed squeeze play hung Corpening out to dry as he was tagged out at home.
Taresh tallied a pair of hits for the Bruins while Corpening, Parke, Eszlinger and Paradis each had one hit apiece.
The Bruins non-league game with Del Norte set for today (April 9) has been cancelled.
The next games for the Bruins will be a doubleheader at Douglas on Friday, April 11, beginning at 2 p.m. The JV baseball team will be home against Douglas with game one starting at 2 p.m.