By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
The Bruin baseball team used a three-run third inning and another stellar performance from Tyler Parke on the mound to propel themselves to a 4-2 win over the Siuslaw Vikings in their first league game of the year Tuesday afternoon.
"We're a good team, but we're going to have to work at it," Coach Pat Berkowitz said. "Siuslaw's a good team with a lot of speed. Tyler did an outstanding job on the bump and overall, our defense played well."
The Bruins (1-0, 7-3) tallied the first run of the game in the bottom half of the first inning.
Adam Ehlers led off the inning with a walk and after Derek Nelson reached base on an error, Parke hit a single to right field that scored Ehlers and gave the Bruins the early 1-0 lead.
Parke held off the Vikings (0-1, 8-3) in the first two innings and didn't allow a hit until the third.
The Vikings were able to score one in the third, but the Bruins came back and put three more up on the board in the bottom half of the inning.
Ehlers led off by getting hit by a pitch and then stole second and third base before being knocked in by Ryan LaThorpe on a single to center field.
After Anthony Longo drew a walk, Derek Nelson singled down the third base line, scoring LaThorpe from second.
Parke then stepped up and hit a grounder to the shortstop who flicked the ball to the second baseman for the first out, but Nelson made an excellent slide to throw off the second baseman whose throw to first was wide, allowing Longo to score on the throwing error, giving the Bruins a 4-1 lead.
The Bruins only managed one hit in the final three innings (a single by Ehlers), but Parke and the rest of the Bruin defense held fast and only allowed one more run in the sixth inning, which was the first earned run allowed by Parke all year.
In seven innings pitched, Parke struck out eight, walked one and gave up four hits for his fifth win of the season.
Ehlers, LaThorpe, Nelson, Parke and Chase Bansemer each recorded a hit for the Bruins.
With the win, the Bruins snapped the Vikings' 7-game win streak heading into Tuesday's game.
"It was good pitching, good baseball and just an overall good high school game," Berkowitz said. "The fans will be able to see the same thing in our doubleheader against Douglas on Friday."
The Bruins take on the Douglas Trojans (6-2) in a home doubleheader Friday that starts at noon.