Ryan Sparks
Curry Coastal Pilot

Brookings-Harbor High School baseball pitcher Wyatt Aldrich allowed just one hit in his six innings of work and the Bruin offense capitalized on five Sutherlin errors as BHHS opened Far West league play with a 9-1 rout of the Bulldogs at Sutherlin High School Tuesday afternoon.

Aldrich was dominant against the winless Bulldogs, as he struck out nine and didn't allow a base hit until the fourth inning. The ace of the staff lowered his team leading ERA to 0.318, having allowed just one run in his 22 innings of work this season. He also has an impressive 35 strikeouts compared to just 13 walks and a WHIP of 1.18.

While Aldrich kept the Sutherlin offense scoreless, the Bruins were helped by Bulldog miscues in the field. Of the nine runs the Bruins scored in the game, only one was earned. Though BHHS only had six hits in the game, those six hits came from six different players and they showed patience at the plate, walking seven times, four by infielder Justin Murray alone.

The Bruins got on the scoreboard early when catcher Izak Ehlers, who advanced to third on a single by outfielder Ronnie Manley, stole home to give the Bruins a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. BHHS extended their lead in the fourth inning by scoring three runs; highlighted by run-scoring singles by Christian Hooper and Christian Edwards. BHHS tacked on a run in the fifth inning and scored two runs in both the sixth and seventh. The Bruins were able to make the most of their offensive opportunities, manufacturing at least one run in five of seven innings.

Another good sign for the Bruin offense was that their outs were productive. They scored a run in the fifth inning and two in the sixth without the benefit of a base hit, taking advantage of Sutherlin errors and getting runs across home plate by putting the ball in play. BHHS tallied six total sacrifices on the day, either by bunt or fly ball.