By Josh Bronson

Pilot staff writer

A short-handed Senior Babe Ruth Bruins team dropped three games in two days to David Douglas out of Portland.

The Bruins were still missing a few players to the summer basketball road trip and other various reasons, which left them with nine players - just enough to field a team.

Pitchers become hard to find on a team with nine players, but the Bruins were able to fill the role with seven of the nine Bruins stepping onto the mound over the weekend.

Game one: David Douglas 12, Brookings-Harbor 1

Tyler Parke started out strong in game one, striking out eight batters in the first three innings of play.

Derek Nelson gave the Bruins an early 1-0 lead as he hit a solo bomb to center field in the bottom of the first.

But the Bruins fell apart in the top of the fourth inning as Parke, relief pitcher John Kennedy and the Bruin defense gave up eight runs on five hits and five errors.

The Bruins couldn't produce any more runs and gave up one run in the fifth and three in the sixth for a final score of 12-1.

Parke, Nelson, Kennedy and Bobby Hanson recorded the only four hits for the Bruins while Nick Longo also drew a walk.

Game two: David Douglas 12, Brookings-Harbor 3

Game two went about as well as game one, with David Douglas shelling three Bruin pitchers for 12 runs in seven innings.

Ryan LaThorpe had the best success on the mound for the Bruins, pitching the final four innings while only giving up two runs on three hits.

Parke scored the first run for the Bruins in the bottom of the first via a lead-off single, then advanced to third on a Nelson double and scored on a throwing error.

Nelson then scurried home on a throw to second base that tried to catch Josh Pruden stealing, which cut the lead to 7-2.

But the Bruins weren't able to muster another run until the final inning, when Kennedy hit an RBI single that brought home Parke for a final tally of 12-3.

The Bruins fared better from the plate in game two, but still only managed seven hits, led by Parke's 2-for-2 performance with two walks and two runs.

Nelson also had two base hits while LaThorpe, Kennedy and Patrick Carper had one apiece.

Game three: David Douglas 24, Brookings-Harbor 12

In Sunday's contest, the Bruins were much more competitive and tallied 14 hits - more than games one and two combined.

The Bruins started in the hole early as David Douglas got on the board with a 3-run homer in the top of the first inning.

But the Bruins answered right back in the bottom frame with three runs of their own.

David Douglas retook the lead with two runs in the second and three in the third for an 8-3 advantage.

After a lead off single by LaThorpe in the bottom of the third, Nelson cranked his second home run of the weekend, a 2-run shot that pulled the Bruins within three, with a score of 8-5.

The Bruins added another run later in the inning as Carper knocked in Kennedy with a groundout to second base.

After David Douglas tacked on a run in the fifth, the Bruins once again tied the game with another three-run inning in the bottom of the fifth.

Pruden knocked in Nelson for the first run of the inning with a double down the third base line.

Carper then advanced the runners and brought home Kennedy as he grounded out to the shortstop.

Pruden tied the game during the next at-bat as Joey LaThorpe hit a ground ball to a David Douglas infielder who tried to throw Pruden out at home, but was unsuccessful.

In the sixth, the Bruins took their first lead of the game with their fourth three-run inning of the day.

Parke led off the inning with a base hit and was followed by walks to R. LaThorpe and Nelson to load the bases.

Kennedy recorded his third hit of the day on an infield hit as Parke came home, giving the Bruins a 10-9 lead.

Two batters later, Carper extended the lead with a 2-run single that scored R. LaThorpe and Nelson.

But the Bruins couldn't hold on to their lead as they gave up seven runs in the seventh inning and eight runs in the eighth for a final score of 24-12.

Kennedy led the Bruins from the plate, going 3-for-4 with three runs, two RBIs and a walk.

Nelson also had a big day with the bat, going 2-for-3 with four runs, three RBIs, a walk and a hit-by-pitch while Carper had four RBIs on the day.

The next home game for the Bruins is a doubleheader against Del Norte at 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 7.