The crack of the bat has barely had a chance to reverberate back from the outfield fence and already speed demon Hannah Baron is rounding second and headed for third for a stand-up triple in the Lady Bruins 4-3 victory over the Bulldogs of Sutherlin on Tuesday.
Baron was the first batter, she swung on the first pitch and she scored the first run for the Bruins to set up her team to claim a 4-run lead that they wouldn't relinquish the rest of the game.
"I knew it was a triple when I rounded first and saw it was in the outfield," Baron said. "I came up with the mentality of hit, hit, hit and connected with the first pitch. And it went. It was real nice."
The Bruins displayed patience from the plate and when Hannah Goergen got on base with a walk she didn't even pause as she rounded first and sprinted to second. The Bulldogs refused to throw the ball with the speedy Baron poised to score from third and Goergen took second standing up.
Mariahn Seavello reached first after an error by the Bulldogs and Baron scored. Another error by the Bulldogs on Kayla Webre's at bat allowed her to reach base and Goergen to score before Kaleen Bishops' double scored the final two runs for the Bruins.
"It feels really good," Head Coach Steve Bonde said. "We still had our struggles at bat toward the end of the game, but we had our bats going when we needed them."
While the Bruins' offense wasn't able to score any more runs for the game the defense was able to clamp down on the Bulldogs scoring ability and win the game.
"Our defense has been outstanding," Bonde said. "We've been playing good mental ball and the girls are showing that they've really got each others' backs."
The Bruins also defeated Siuslaw on Monday in two make-up games 12-2 and 16-3 to improve to 9-6 overall and 5-2 in the Far West League.
The Lady Bruins will host South Umpqua on Friday in doubleheader action beginning at 3 p.m.