By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
Excellent pitching performances from both teams dominated the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team's doubleheader with Arcata as the Tigers edged the Bruins 3-2 in game one and 1-0 in the nightcap Friday evening.
"I was really encouraged with our pitching today," Coach Pat Berkowitz said. "I think we made some improvements and I feel good about the team."
Game one: Brookings 2, Arcata 3
Junior Fred Corpening got the nod as the starting pitcher for the Bruins in game one and threw a one-hitter through the first four innings of play.
The Bruins got on the board in the third inning as Jacob Eszlinger singled in Nick Taresh to give the Bruins a 1-0 advantage.
Patrick Carper took over on the mound for Corpening in the fifth inning and although he walked a pair of Tigers, struck out the final batter of the inning to keep Arcata off the board.
Carper added to the Bruin lead in the top of the sixth inning as he singled to center field and brought home Tyler Parke from second base to take a 2-0 lead.
But in the bottom of the sixth inning, the Tigers used their first hit of the game and a pair of Bruin errors to knot the game at 2-2 heading into the final inning.
Arcata relief pitcher Andrew Nelson struck out the side in the top of the seventh to give the Tigers a chance to win it in the bottom of the inning.
With a runner on third and one out, the Bruins decided to intentionally walk the bases loaded to set up a force out at any base.
But Carper walked the Tigers' Nick Nova to bring home the winning run as the Bruins fell 3-2.
The Bruins held the Tigers to just two hits in the game, but four critical errors contributed to the Tigers' three runs.
"Fred and Patrick did their job on the bump," Berkowitz said. "We just had a few unearned runs that hurt us.
Five different Bruins recorded hits in the game as Carper led the team with two hits and Taresh, Eszlinger, Parke and Ryan Gardner each had one hit while Dustin Paradis drew a pair of walks.
Game two: Brookings 0, Arcata 1
In another pitching duel, the Bruins' Tyler Parke and Arcata's D.J. Hancock combined to allow only five hits in game two as the Tigers were able to hold on to a 1-0 win.
The Tigers were able to register two of their three hits in the bottom of the first inning as they notched the only run of the game off of Parke.
Hancock threw a brilliant game for the Tigers, striking out eight Bruins while only giving up two hits.
In the second inning, Joey LaThorpe registered the first Bruin hit of the game and the only other base hit came in the fourth inning off the bat of Parke.
Parke had a solid outing of his own, striking out five Tigers in six innings of work while only giving up three hits.
The Bruin defense was also much improved in game two as they only committed one error in the second game of the doubleheader.
"All of the young guys played well and made good plays on defense," Berkowitz said.
Paradis, the lone freshman on the team, had a solid day at second base while Carper did an excellent job for the Bruins behind the plate.
The final preseason game of the year for the Bruins (1-4) will be at 4 p.m. on Monday, April 7 in a home game against McKinleyville.
Far West League play begins the following day, Tuesday, April 8, as the Bruins travel to Siuslaw for an away game starting at 4:30 p.m.