The Brookings-Harbor Mavericks baseball team defeated Klamath Falls 7-5 in the first game of doubleheader action on Wednesday.
The Mavericks, a senior Babe Ruth team in the Southern Oregon State League, has played 12 games this summer but Wednesday’s games were the first home contests they’d been able to schedule. Playing in front of nearly 40 Mavericks’ fans made getting the win even sweeter.
“We’re really happy to get the win,” Head Coach Keith Wallin said, “especially at home.”
The Mavericks trailed 2-4 at the end of five innings, but a five-run inning in the fifth put the Mavericks on top for the win.
“We stayed patient at the plate,” Wallin said. “We knew we would hit the ball and we did.”
The Mavericks starting pitcher in the first game was Justin Murray who turned the mound over to Chandler Dodd for a couple of innings before Wyatt Aldrich came in to close the game.
“When he is on he can put the ball anywhere in the strike zone he wants to,” Wallin said of Aldrich. “He’s probably one of the best pitchers in the league when he is hitting his spots.”
The second game wasn’t quite as happy an affair with the Mavericks losing 1-8 in seven innings.
According to Wallin the team couldn’t get the bats going on a left-handed pitcher who had excellent ball movement.
“We had seen him before in Klamath Falls,” Wallin explained, “but he has a lot of movement on the ball and we just couldn’t hit.”
The Mavericks started Bryce Aldrich on the mound in the second game before Brandon Chandler took over.
“We gave up a lot of runs early,” Wallin said. “They hit the ball really well that game.”
The Mavericks will play three more home games at the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball field on Easy Street before hitting the road again.
They host Bonanza and Henley today and then play Bonanza again on Sunday.
Today’s game against Bonanza is scheduled to start at noon while the game against Henley will begin at 5 p.m.
Sunday’s game against Bonanza is scheduled for noon.
The team will head to Arcata for a game on Tuesday.
The Mavericks have just two weeks remaining before the state tournament starts in Yreka, Calif., and according to Wallin, the only thing that matters is how the team does at state.