As the 2012 season draws close to its end, the Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team finds itself in the unenviable position of needing to win out its remaining games to have an opportunity to play in the post season.
The Bruins took one step closer to that possibility on Tuesday night as they defeated the Sutherlin Bulldogs, 7-5.
The Bruins couldn't get the bats going in the first three innings and found themselves in a 0-3 hole before a huge fourth inning jump started the engines and pushed them to victory.
In the bottom of the fourth Tyler Kido started a two-out rally by utilizing a Bulldog error to get on base. Corwin Farquhar's single advanced Kido to second before a single by A.J. Briganti scored Kido and advanced Farquhar to third.
Joey LeFebvre had a key at bat following Briganti where his patience resulted in a walk to load the bases.
"You have to go up to the plate thinking you're going to get on base," LeFebvre said regarding his walk. "You can't wish it, or hope it; you have to think it.
"I knew I had to get on no matter how it happened so I didn't swing at any marginal pitches. I knew we needed base runners and I got the walk."
His willingness to pass on marginal pitches paid off as Bryce Aldrich hit a sharp single to score two runs, before Isaac Sanders ground out to end the inning.
The Bulldogs would attempt to come back with two runs in the fifth, but the Bruins were able to put up three more in the fifth and sixth and close out for the win.
Wyatt Aldrich started the game on the mound and pitched three full innings with four strikeouts before being replaced by A.J. Briganti who struck out five and claimed the victory.
The win comes after two close losses on Friday on the road.
The Bruins traveled to Siuslaw where they lost the first game of the doubleheader 1-3, and the second game 4-5.
The JV squad traveled to Sutherlin on Tuesday and met its first loss of the season to end the year with a record of 9-1 in league play and 13-2 overall.
The varsity has their last two home games of the season beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday against the Far West League leading South Umpqua Lancers.