In an effort to avoid the rain, the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team moved the game from 3 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Their strategy failed to produce the desired results as the Lady Bruins' game against Marshfield High School ended in a wet, soggy, 1-11 loss.
"I think the weather played a slight part in the game," senior Megan Strain said. "We were all cold and you can't feel your hands or anything out there. But, I think we definitely could have played a lot better."
The Bruins opened the game well, holding the Lady Pirates to just one run in the first three innings.
But a 3-run inning in the fourth and a 2-run inning in the fifth gave the Pirates a 6-0 lead from which the Bruins were never able to recover.
Hannah Goergen started the game pitching and struckout three while giving up 6 runs over five innings.
Courtney Kay came into the game as relief in the sixth inning and struggled with her control on the rain-soaked ball. Kay walked three and struck out one while the defense commited committed three errors behind her and allowed five more runs to cross the plate.
"It's sad to say but the weather played a big part," Head Coach Steve Bonde said. "Missed throws and our pitching wasn't as sharp as it could or should have been."
The Bruins weren't able to put together a sustained offensive push the entire game, recording just three hits, one by Mariahn Seavello in the second, one by Kay in the fourth and one by Kayla Webre in the fifth.
"Our hitting wasn't great," Bonde said. "That was probably the best pitcher we'll see all year and we started hitting her towards the end, but we've got to work on our small-ball game; we've got to get a bunt down."
The Bruins' lone run came in the sixth inning when Hannah Baron scored from third on a pass ball error by the Pirates' catcher.
Baron had gotten on base with smart base running; racing down the line to first after the catcher dropped a third strike ball.
"They're a very good team," Bonde said. "There is a reason they are undefeated right now and it shows."
The Bruins will travel to Phoenix on Saturday and look to get some payback for last year's playoff loss, according to Bonde. The team will then travel to Redmond for a tournament during spring break.