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Lady Bruins fall short in state playoff bid

The Brookings-Harbor High School softball team’s lone run came in the top of the seventh on a towering shot to right-center field that bounced past the outstretched hands of a diving Phoenix outfielder, rolled to the fence and left senior Kayla Webre standing on third with a huge smile after scoring teammate Megan Strain.

“It felt great,” Webre said. “It was one of those things that I struggled with this season; watching the ball and having confidence in myself. I was kind of like, ‘this is it.’ I’m proud that I was able to do something that I’ve been struggling with. 

“That was the time to do it.”

Teammate Hanna Baron agreed.

“That seriously made my day,” Baron said. “I didn’t want to leave not having anything on the board, so I’m glad we got at least one run.”

The Bruins recorded just two hits all game, with Strain getting on base through a fielder’s choice play prior to scoring the run on Webre’s triple.

Mariahn Seavello recorded the other hit for the Lady Bruins in the first inning but they were unable to capitalize on the hard grounder.

The Bruins struck out 12 times to Phoenix’s starting pitcher, Meranda Zanni, and while Bruins’ starting pitcher Hanna Goergen pitched well — she only walked two Phoenix batters — she gave up hits to all but three of the Lady Pirates and recorded two earned runs. The Pirates’ other four runs came on fielding errors by the Bruins.

“I wouldn’t say ‘disappointed’ in the way we played because we tried our hardest,” Baron said, “but maybe we needed to be more mentally prepared for this game, I don’t know.”

Head Coach Steve Bonde was disappointed with the end to the season being a loss, but is looking forward to next season already.

“We brought some girls up from the JV squad and they played their hearts out,” Bonde said. “Cassidy Chandler had a great catch in the first inning that almost knocked her off her feet, and we had some great plays.

“It’s just disappointing to lose in the playoffs.”

Webre, the only senior to see playing time in the game, wasn’t disappointed in the loss, but saddened.

“It’s sad because I know our potential,” she said. “If we would have just gotten the bats started, we would have gone to great things. I’m sad but I know they’ll do great thing next year.”

“I’m proud of us because we were pretty solid despite a few things,” she added. “I’m proud of my team.”

The Bruins finished the season in third place in the Far West League with a 9-6 league record, 13-11 overall.

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