Ryan Sparks
Curry Coastal Pilot

Lady Bruin senior Alaura Marrington's single in the bottom of the ninth scored the game-winning run as the Brookings-Harbor High School girls softball team beat the Del Norte Nighthawks, 3-2, in thrilling fashion Monday afternoon at home.

"It's pretty exciting. It was the first game and I haven't been practicing that long so it's nice to know I could help our team win," said a smiling Marrington regarding her game-winning hit.

The Lady Bruins, down 2-0 in the third inning, rallied to tie the game when Hannah Goergen's speed forced a throwing error as she raced down the first base line after bunting. BHHS first baseman Courtney Kay and shortstop Hannah Baron came around to score on the throwing error to tie the game at 2-all.

The score would remain that way until the bottom of the eighth, when Marrington drove a pitch to left-center field, scoring Baron from third base to end the game and seal the victory for BHHS.

"We had a lot of things the girls could have easily let themselves get down on today but they didn't," said Lady Bruin head coach Steve Bonde. "Mental toughness is something we've worked on in the offseason. They showed their toughness and the kept battling and I'm really thankful for that."

Goergen pitched all eight innings, allowing just one earned run.

Baron was a terror at the plate, going 3-4 on the day to lead the Lady Bruins in hitting.

"I think it's important for us to get the first win because it gets us motivated to play our next game," said Marrington. "With 10 seniors on this team we're looking at a very good season. We are all trying to stay positive our goal, is to win league this year."

The Lady Bruins will host Hidden Valley for a doubleheader beginning at noon this Saturday.