It was as though someone flipped a switch between the first (Bruins 1, Lancers 7) and second (Bruins 5, Lancers 1) games of the BHHS softball team's doubleheader against South Umpqua on Friday and gave the Lady Bruins some much needed energy.
"You could look in their eyes and see that they were glazed over and they were lost in dreamland," Head Coach Steve Bonde said. "In between games I just told them they needed to wake up. The played much better ball in the second game."
Hannah Goergen pitched a complete game in the opening half of the matchup and while she pitched well, the Bruins' defense simply committed to many errors behind her to get the win.
"I think in the first game we had seven errors," Bonde said. "We didn't hit and it wasn't pretty at all."
The second game found sophomore Courtney Kay hurling from the rubber and recording the win.
"It feels good," Kay said. "I think this year I haven't been so confident, so getting this win helps boost my confidence."
According to Bonde, Kay pitched with no hesitation and the team responded to her confidence.
Kay agreed that having the team play well behind her was important to getting the victory.
"The most important thing on the mound is being confident that your team has your back," she said, "and I feel the second game that everyone was doing what they needed to do. It was way better than the first game."
The Bruins move to 6-3 in league and second place behind Sutherlin with the split.
The will look to pick up another win as they travel to Douglas on Tuesday for a 5 p.m. game.
Lady Bruins to host a spring training camp for area youth
The Brookings-Harbor High School softball team will hold a spring training softball camp from 3 to 5 p.m. on Wednesday with an additional pitching camp from 6 to 7 p.m.
The Lady Bruins will offer instruction for girls ages 7-12 during the time frame and will provide water and snack for all attendees. The cost for the camp is $20 for the basic program with an additional $10 fee for the pitching/catching portion.
Anyone interested should call Emily Johnson at 541-661-3651 to reserve space.