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SOFTBALL TEAM DROPS PAIR OF TIGHT GAMES TO DEL NORTE

Lindsay Freeman winds up and fires a ball toward home plate in the Bruins' 3-1 loss in the first game of their doubleheader. (The Pilot/Josh Bronson).
Lindsay Freeman winds up and fires a ball toward home plate in the Bruins' 3-1 loss in the first game of their doubleheader. (The Pilot/Josh Bronson).

By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

The Brookings-Harbor High School softball team lost two tight games to the Del Norte Warriors in a doubleheader Saturday.

In game one, a home run by Del Norte's Michelle Stacey lifted the Warriors past the Bruins in a 3-1 win.

The Bruins led 1-0 in game two, but gave up two runs in the sixth inning to give the Warriors a 2-1 victory.

"We're still improving and I feel really good about how we've been playing," said Coach Steve Padilla. "I believe that after another week of work, we're going to be a very tough team."

Although the Bruins are 1-5 to start the year, they have been in the mix in each of their six contests, with their largest loss being by only four runs.

Game one: Del Norte 3, Brookings-Harbor 1

The Warriors notched the first run of the game with a quick score in the top of the first inning to take an early 1-0 lead.

In the third inning, after retiring six straight Warrior batters, pitcher Jessie Goergen took a line drive off her pitching hand that forced her off the mound for the rest of the game.

Lindsay Freeman switched places with Goergen from her spot at first base and pitched the final 4.1 innings of the game.

Freeman didn't miss a beat as she held the Warriors scoreless until the sixth inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Bruins tied the game at 1-1 and Goergen knocked in Jennifer Sirchuck on a groundout to second base.

Sirchuck got on base with a walk and then advanced all the way to third as Amber Jordan laid down a perfect bunt and a Del Norte throwing error allowed both runners to reach safely.

Del Norte's Michelle Stacy broke the 1-1 tie in the top of the sixth inning as she blasted a solo home run over the fence to give the Warriors a 2-1 lead.

The Warriors were able to grab one more run in the seventh and hold the Bruins scoreless in the final two innings for the 3-1 win.

Freeman was the only Bruin to get a hit in game one although Jordan reached base twice on Warrior errors.

Alyssa Bergquist got the win for Del Norte, striking out eight batters and walking five while only allowing one run for the Warriors.

Game two: Del Norte 2, Brookings-Harbor 1

The pitching continued to be stellar for both teams in game two, with Goergen returning to the mound for the Bruins.

The Bruins struck first in the bottom of the fourth inning as Jamie Kay singled in Brooke Blofsky for the 1-0 lead.

Blofsky singled to right, stole second and then advanced to third on a wild pitch to set up Kay's RBI single.

But the Bruin lead didn't last for long as the Warriors tallied a pair of runs in the top of the sixth inning, giving them a 2-1 lead.

The Bruins once again tried to make a comeback in the final two innings of play, but couldn't get another baserunner as they fell for the second time on the day.

Kay, Blofsky, Freeman and Kim Paradis each registered a hit for the Bruins in game two.

Paradis was also the defensive star of the day for the Bruins, making several impressive plays at shortstop.

"You have to give it up to Kim for how she played in a position she's not used to," said Padilla.

McKinnze Holden struck out five and allowed one run without walking a batter in the win for the Warriors.

The Bruins next game is a home game on Tuesday, April 3, against Illinois Valley at 4:30 p.m.

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