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OUTLAWS USE TWO-RUN FIRST INNING TO EDGE BRUINS

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

Despite an excellent performance on the mound from senior Tyler Parke, the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team fell 2-0 to the Sisters Outlaws in the first round of the playoffs Friday.

"We gave them two runs in the first and those were the only runs of the game," Coach Pat Berkowitz said. "Tyler shut them down the rest of the game."

After a single and a walk, the Outlaws' Tanner Hodges hit a two-run double in the bottom of the first to score the only runs of the game.

With Hodges advancing to third on a passed ball, Parke squelched the rally by striking out the final batter of the inning.

Parke and the Bruin defense shut down the Outlaws for the next six innings, only giving up one more hit for the remainder of the game.

"Tyler pitched a great game and our defense played clean," Berkowitz said. "They just bunched two of their hits together with a walk inbetween and that was the difference."

Parke ended the game with eight strikeouts and two walks while only giving up three hits.

But the Bruins had difficulty dealing with Sisters' ace as Jared Hasskamp only gave up three hits for the game.

Sisters played solid defense throughout the game, which included a pair of inning-ending double plays in the second and fifth innings.

Junior Patrick Carper recorded two of the Bruins hits with a single and a double. Sophomore Jacob Eszlinger registered the other Bruin hit.

The Bruins reached the state playoffs for the fourth straight season after taking third in the Far West League with a 7-8 league record.

Parke, Nick Taresh and Bobby Hanson played in their final high school games in a Bruin uniform Friday.

"We'll miss the seniors, they've had great careers here," Berkowitz said.

The loss ended an up and down season for the Bruins, who battled with injuries and adversities, but never gave up.

"This team worked their butts off and always competed," Berkowitz said. "They're a good bunch of kids and a pleasure to be around. We're also really thankful for the support of the community."

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