As the late-evening fog rolled in the Lady Bruin softball team’s bat power rolled out.
Megan Strain lays down a bunt during Tuesday’s loss against South Umpqua. The Bruins started the game with hot bats but they quickly cooled. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
After beginning the game with a three-run inning, followed by a two-run stint, the BHHS softball team saw an ebb in the power stroke of its bats and a surge in those of the South Umpqua Lady Lancers as they lost 6-10 in seven innings.
Courtney Kay pitched the first three innings, giving up six earned runs, while a seventh crossed the plate on an error. Kay struck out 6 Lancer batters and only walked one, but got pulled between the third and fourth innings.
Hannah Goergen came into the game in relief and pitched the remaining four innings, giving up three runs, while striking out two.
The Bruins began the game with hot bats, scoring three runs in the first and two in the second, but then couldn’t score again until the bottom of the fourth when they scored their sixth and final run.
“Everyone wanted to hit so bad that they over swung,” Alaura Marrington said with regard to the Bruins’ batting woes. “We just need to learn from it and come back and win the next one.”
Marrington didn’t record a hit during the game but was instrumental in the Bruins’ scoring. In the first inning she walked and made her way around the horn to score, and then hit a sacrifice fly in the fourth to score Mymy Seavello.
Seavello scored three of the Bruins runs on 1-of-4 hitting. Her one hit was huge though, a double in the beginning of the fourth to get a possible run on the deficit started.
Halle Ostman, Megan Strain and Goergen all had multi-hit games, but only Strain was able to translate hers into runs. Strain went 2-for-4 with a run, while Goergen went 2-for-3 and Ostman hit 2-for-4.
The Bruins drop to 3-4 on the season in Far West League play and are tied for fourth place.
The Lancers are the other team with the second worst record in league and sit just above the Bruins.
The Bruins will play a make-up game today at 4:30 p.m. in Gold Beach and then will travel to Winston on Friday for a doubleheader against Douglas High School.
Douglas is undefeated in league play and beat the Bruins earlier in the season.
The first game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.