By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

A three-run seventh inning propelled the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team to a dramatic 4-1 victory over the Junction City Tigers Friday afternoon in the first round of the state playoffs.

andquot;We just came out and put it on,andquot; Coach Steve Padilla said of the big inning. andquot;We got four big hits by four of our seniors and that was great to see.andquot;

With the game tied at 1-1 heading into the top of the seventh, senior Kara Miller got the Bruins started off in the right direction as she led off the inning with a double off the wall.

Senior Jessie Goergen followed with an RBI base hit as she knocked in Miller from second to give the Bruins a 2-1 lead.

Two batters later, senior Jennifer Sirchuck hit a monster double to the wall to score Goergen, and put the Bruins up 3-1.

With two outs, senior Jamie Kay gave the Bruins a three-run cushion as she singled and scored Sirchuck from second, who safely slid home to finalize the scoring at 4-1.

Goergen then retired the Tigers in order in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win for the Bruins.

andquot;I'm just really proud of how we played and how we stuck together in a tight game,andquot; Padilla said.

The Bruins struck first in the game as they tallied a single run in the top of the first inning.

Freshman Jillian McCool led off the game and reached base via a Tiger error.

Miller then bunted McCool over to second base.

With two down, Sirchuck stepped up to the plate and recorded her first RBI of the game with a single that scored the fleet-footed McCool from second to give the Bruins an early 1-0 lead.

Goergen and the Bruin defense held the Tigers scoreless until the bottom of the fourth inning, when Junction City added a lone run to tie the game at 1-1.

andquot;On the mound, Jessie just did an outstanding job and made adjustments when she needed,andquot; Padilla said.

At the plate, Sirchuck led the Bruins with three hits and two RBI, while Kay and Miller each had two hits apiece.

andquot;Jennifer (Sirchuck) has just been tearing up the ball lately and I'm really happy to see Jamie (Kay) hit as well,andquot; Padilla said.

The Bruins (10-5, 15-11) now advance to the second round of the playoffs to take on the Henley Hornets on Tuesday, May 20 in Klamath Falls.

Henley is the No. 1 seed out of the Skyline League and finished the season with a 14-1 league record and 18-6 mark overall.

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