Keeping heart surgeons in business seemed to be the order of the past two days for the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team as they won three close games in a row.
Alaura Marrington gives the ball a ride during Monday’s doubleheader action at the Brookings-Harbor High School. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The victories move the Bruins to 7-6 on the season and into a tie for third place in the Far West League.
The Bruins made up Friday’s rained-out doubleheader against the Viking of Siuslaw on Monday and found themselves behind 3-4 as the bottom of the seventh inning came around.
Starting pitcher Courtney Kay and the Bruin defense had kept the Vikings scoreless through the first three innings before a run in the fourth ruined Kay’s chances at a shut out.
The Bruins’ focus wavered some in the fifth inning as errors allowed the Vikings to score two runs, but the Bruins were able to tie it up in the bottom of the sixth.
The Vikings scored one run in the seventh as an error turned a bunt into a triple and allowed a score to cross the plate.
Kayla Webre led off the inning with a deep fly ball to center field that was dropped to allow her to stay on second.
Hannah Goergen bunted Webre into scoring position at third and was able to safely achieve first when the pitcher’s indecision allowed Goergen’s speed to move her safely to first.
Mymy Seavello stepped to plate and hit a shallow pop fly to right field that the fielder couldn’t handle and it allowed two runs to score, ending the game.
“It felt pretty good,” Seavello said. “I didn’t really feel any pressure. I just relaxed and let it go. It felt really good.”
Goergen started the second game on the rubber for the Bruins and gave up five earned runs over 4.2 innings.
Goergen couldn’t seem to find her control as she gave up eight walks, but was able to rely on the Bruin defense behind her to keep the game from getting out of hand.
“It means everything to have a good defense,” Goergen explained. “When you’re not doing well it’s good to have them there to pick you up.”
Goergen didn’t let her troubles on the mound affect her offensive production though, as she went 1-for-4, and scored two of the Bruins’ six runs.
Kay returned to the rubber in relief for the Bruins and pitched two scoreless innings to pick up the win as the Bruins came from behind in the seventh to win again.
The stage was the same, the only thing that changed was the players involved.
Headed into the bottom of the seventh, the Bruins were down by two runs.
Webre walked after battling to a full count and was advanced to second by Goergen’s hard-hit ground ball that the Viking shortstop couldn’t handle.
Seavello singled to center field to load the bases, before a singles by Halle Ostman and Alaura Marrington scored Webre and Goergen, and kept the bases loaded for Jessica Yock to play the role of hero.
Yock hit a dribbling shot down the third baseline that couldn’t be handled by the Viking third baseman and allowed Seavello to score, ending the game.
“It wasn’t even that great of a hit,” Yock said following the game. “They made an error and I’m just glad that I’m not the last out of the inning instead.”
The second game was also a first for the Bruins. According to Head Coach Steve Bonde it was the first game of the season without an error.
“Awesome performance all the way around,” Bonde said. “They’ve played together for so long that they have faith in each other’s abilities and it’s finally coming together.”
The two wins made for quality presents for the two Bruin seniors that were honored in front of the home crowd before the beginning of the first game.
Breanna Juarez and Melinda Riddle were present with flowers and gifts to commemorate the final home games of their high-school careers.
It took nine innings, but the Bruins were able to pull off the 6-4 upset of the second-place Sutherlin Bulldogs on Tuesday.
The Bruins led 2-1 through seven innings, and looked to claim a early victory before the Bulldogs put a run across the plate in the seventh to force extra innings.
The game went into the ninth knotted up at two runs apiece, before the Bruins exploded with four runs and won the game 6-4.
Courtney Kay pitched the full nine innings and served up two strikeouts while walking one.
According to Bonde, the team had only two errors for the game.
“Defensively we did a great job,” he said. “It was a great team effort.”
Webre, 3-5, RBI; Goergen, 1-5, RBI; Seavello, 3-5, 3 RBIs, triple; Ostman, 2-5; Marrington, 2-4; Yock 1-4; Kay, 1-4; Kaitlyn Saphiloff, 2-4, 1 run scored; Megan Strain, 2-4, 2 runs.
JV wins two against Phoenix on Saturday
The JV softball team played a doubleheader on Saturday against Phoenix High.
The first game saw extra innings as the Bruins came back from a 2-6 sixth-inning deficit to tie up the game and then win by one.
Alaura Marrington scored the winning run by stealing her way around the diamond after hitting a single up the middle.
Game two was another come-from-behind victory for the Bruins as they were down 3-1 headed into the seventh inning when they scored four to claim the victory.
“It was a lot of fun,” JV Coach Lori Cooper said. “The games were competitive and it was a nice sunny day for softball.”
The Bruins will play their final regular-season games in double header action on Friday at South Umpqua.
The first game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.