Hannah Baron (left), BHHS shortstop, and the Lady Bruins committed no errors against the Sutherlin Bulldogs.
One of the concerns the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team’s coaching staff had entering into the 2014 season was scoring more runs than they did last year. If their first eight games of the season are any indication, it’s not the coaching staff that needs to worry about the offense, it’s their Far West league opponents that should.
BHHS (7-1, 1-0)pounded out 17 hits as they demolished a young Sutherlin team, 19-1, in a five-inning game at BHHS this past Wednesday.
Though the offense racked up the runs, Lady Bruin head coach Steve Bonde was most impressed with his team’s defense.
“What I was happy about today was that our defense stayed solid,” he said. “Shortstop Hannah Baron, the way she is going to the ball at shortstop is just impressive. We didn’t commit one error and I’m really happy about that.”
Ten different Lady Bruins collected base hits, five of them with multiple hits in the game. BHHS also collected and eye-popping 14 stolen bases, including four by Megan Strain and three by Hannah Baron.
Up 3-0 in the third inning, the Lady Bruins exploded for 10 hits in 10-run inning that blew the game wide open. They followed that up by knocking six hits in a six-run fifth inning.
BHHS pitcher Hannah Goergen was once again solid on the mound. The team’s leader in ERA at 1.36, Goergen allowed no runs on just three hits, and struck out three without allowing a walk. She has an impressive 7-to-1 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 31 innings of work on the season.
There were many offensive stars for the Lady Bruins. Strain and Alaura Marrington had three hits apiece; Baron, Goergen and Mariahn Seavello knocked two hits each; and Courtney Kay drew four walks. Baron also scored four runs, stole three bases and drove in three runs. Strain had an equally impressive stat line, driving in two runs while scoring twice herself.
Even with all that offensive production, coach Bonde still sees room for improvement.
“We scored 19 runs but our batting wasn’t what it could’ve been,” he admitted. “We hit the ball hard today but not consistently like I’d like to see. We had a few times when we were out in front (of the pitch) and hitting on our front foot, but all-in-all I think they stayed focused.”
Coach Bonde understands that, as impressive as the Lady Bruins have looked in the first eight games, the toughest road lies ahead of them. BHHS opponents are a combined 18-39 this season; so tougher competition is still yet to come.