By Josh Bronson
Pilot staff writer
In the final regular season games of the year, the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team split a doubleheader with the Sutherlin Bulldogs Friday.
Sutherlin took game one 10-0 in five innings, but the Bruins bounced back in the night cap and downed the Bulldogs 4-1.
andquot;We did not play well at all in game one,andquot; Coach Steve Padilla said. andquot;We were a lot more relaxed and really started to play our game in the second game.andquot; Jennifer Sirchuck recorded the Bruins' only hit of the game - a triple - as the Bruins were shut down by Mikayla Mendenhall and the Bulldogs.
Sutherlin also had a field day at the plate in game one, pounding the Bruins for 10 runs in five innings.
Game two was a different story as the Bruins (10-5, 14-11) and starting pitcher Jessie Goergen shut down Sutherlin, giving up only one lone run in the second inning.
The Bruins took control of the game early as they tallied three runs in the top of the second.
Ciara Freeman led of the inning with a double and then scored as Jamie Kay reached base on a Bulldog error.
After a single by Vanessa Meirer, Kay scored as Kara Miller reached on an err and then Goergen singled home Meirer for the third run of the inning.
The Bruins added a lone run in the sixth as Miller doubled and was brought home with an RBI single by Goergen.
Sutherlin and the Bruins ended the season with identical 10-5 league records, but the Bulldogs won the season series 2-1 and claimed the second seed in the Far West League (FWL).
The Bruins - the FWL No. 3 seed - will now travel to play the Junction City Tigers (7-5, 11-13) - the No. 3 seed out of the Sky-Em conference - in a state playoff game on Friday, May 16.
andquot;In order to be successful, we need to stick together,andquot; Padilla said. andquot;We're very difficult to beat when we play as a team and support each other.andquot;