The late afternoon sun causes Kayla Webre to squint while she catches the ball for an out during Friday’s doubleheader action. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The sun may have been shining on the softball diamond on Friday afternoon, but it didn’t mean things were dry after a long-lasting rain storm soaked the fields at Brookings-Harbor High School and turned the grass into a marsh.
The Lady Bruins didn’t let the mud slow them down though as they claimed a 10-5 victory in game one of doubleheader action at home.
The Bruins followed the lead of freshman pitcher Courtney Kay as she pitched her way to victory with four strikeouts and only two walks.
Kay pitched a full seven innings and was pleased with her performance and the support she got from her defense.
“I thought it was good,” she said. “I hit most of my spots and had some strong defense back me up.”
The Bruins had four errors in the game, most coming in the final innings when the Bruins almost allowed the Bulldogs back into the game, giving up two runs in the seventh inning, but held on for the victory.
All but two Bruins had hits in the 10-run game including Megan Strain who batted 1.000 with two runs and two RBIs.
Hannah Goergen went 2-for-3 with two runs and a single RBI, while Jessica Yock hit .500 with a run and an RBI.
“We came out ready to hit the ball,” Head Coach Steve Bonde said. “We smashed the ball and hit really well.”
The Bruins’ bats were not able to sustain the onslaught into the second game though and they fell 2-3.
Hannah Goergen pitched a full seven innings in the second game and while the Bulldogs scored three runs, none of them were earned, as the players scored on errors and overthrows.
Goergen walked only one batter, but was unable to recored a single strikeout in the outing.
Strain was the only Bruin to remain consistent at the plate – hitting 2-for-3 in her appearance.
Kayla Webre hit 1-for-4 and scored a run for the Bruins, while Alaura Marrington went 1-for-3 with the two RBIs.
“They came out flat,” Bonde said of the Bruins second game. “We didn’t hit and we didn’t field as well as I know we can.”
One bright note he pointed out was the development of catcher Halle Ostman who has taken over the catching duties for the Bruins.
“Ostman is moving really well behind the plate,” Bonde said. “She is developing into a really good catcher.”
The Bruins fall to 3-3 on the season in Far West League play and will look to improve on Friday’s performance when they host the Lancers of South Umpqua on Tuesday.
The game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. at the high school softball field.