Ryan Sparks
Curry Coastal Pilot

The Brookings-Harbor High School softball team's offense exploded for 25 runs on 32 hits in sweeping a doubleheader against the Hidden Valley Mustangs this past Saturday at BHHS.

"That's the potential this team has",said Lady Bruins head coach Steve Bonde. "Right now they're building that belief in themselves and in their teammates and it's impressive."

Game 1: Mustangs 2, Lady Bruins 9

In the first game, the Lady Bruins broke the scoring wide open in the bottom of the third inning, when they scored five runs on six hits to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead.

BHHS would tack on an insurance run in each of the following three innings to cruise to a 9-2 victory.

"I'm very, very happy," said Bonde regarding the Lady Bruins' offensive production. "They stayed centered and drove the ball really well. We've been working every day on pitch count and working the count to your advantage and waiting for that pitch you know you can drive. They've really bought into that and it's made my job real easy."

Lady Bruin second baseman Mariahn Seavello went 4-4 with three RBIs, third baseman Megan Strain went 3-4 with a run, and Courtney Kay earned the win with a complete game performance, scattering just seven hits and allowing only one earned run in her seven innings of work.

Game 2: Mustangs 2, Lady Bruins 16

It was more of the same in the second game of the twin bill, as the BHHS bats continued to impress. The Lady Bruins dotted the scoreboard with crooked numbers as they tallied two runs in the first inning, four in the second, a staggering seven in the third inning, and three in the fourth to notch a 16-2 mercy-rule victory.

BHHS shortstop Hannah Baron was a thorn in Mustang's side, going 3-3 with four runs, four RBIs, and three stolen bases. Baron's aggressive base running was never more evident than when she drew a walk early in the game, immediately rounded first base and was safe at second, catching the Mustangs napping.

"I'm a really aggressive baserunner," said the speedy infielder who had six stolen bases combined for both games. "It just kinda comes naturally."

Lady Bruin centerfielder Kaitlin Saphiloff went 3-3 with two runs and two RBIs, Kay was 3-3 with two RBIs, and pitcher Hannah Goergen scattered six hits over five innings while striking out five to pick up her second win of the season.

"It's impressive hearing how they're talking to each other and encouraging each other," said Bonde regarding his team's excellent early season play. "I'm expecting some great things here; this is going to be a fun group to work with. One of our big goals as a team is to constantly be focused and to help each other focus."

Baron stated that this season's team is different than last year because of their chemistry and communication with one another.

"Our main team goals are to communicate, cheer for each other and never give up. We're all really close so it makes it much better," she said. "I think we can win (league) this year. It makes it a lot better to play with the people that you love. We're going to be solid this year and we are going to win."

The Lady Bruins head to Bend this week to play at the Bend Tournament.