Ryan Sparks
Curry Coastal Pilot

Game 1: BHHS 6, Marshfield 2

Bruin pitcher Ronnie Manley allowed just four hits and infielder Justin Murray went 3-for-5 in leading BHHS over the Marshfield Pirates, 6-2, in the first game of a doubleheader on Friday afternoon at Brookings-Harbor High School.

Manley, who baffled Pirate hitters, struck out seven and allowed just two earned runs in six innings of work. Bruin Wyatt Aldrich pitched a scoreless seventh inning to preserve the win. With the excellent performance on the mound, the Bruin pitching staff now sports an impressive 1.80 team ERA on the season.

Murray led the way for the Bruin offense; in addition to his three hits he also scored a run and drove in a run. Bruin Christian Hooper and Alex Darger chipped in with two hits apiece. The BHHS offense was helped by a Marshfield defense that committed six errors.

As they have done the past four games, the Bruins jumped out to an early lead. In the top of the second inning, run-scoring singles by both Darger and Murray staked BHHS to a 2-0 lead. They would tack on a third run in the third inning when Manley, who reached on an error, would come around to score on a fielder's choice by Christian Edwards.

Marshfield responded with two runs in the bottom of the third inning on an RBI double by Andrew Sharp, followed by an RBI single from Austin Soria, cutting the Bruin lead to one run at 3-2.

BHHS would score again in the top of the fourth inning when Murray scored on a single by catcher Izak Ehlers. They would tack on two insurance runs in the seventh without the benefit of a base hit as the Pirates committed three errors in the inning.

Game 2: BHHS 11, Marshfield 4

The Bruins scored four runs in the first two innings to cruise to an 11-4 victory and sweep a road doubleheader against Marshfield.

Ehlers collected three hits and two RBIs; Hooper and Murray continued their hot hitting with two hits apiece; and right fielder Patrick Holmes reached base four times, three via a walk, and scored three runs.

The Bruins once again scored early and often, crossing the plate once in the first inning and putting up four runs in the second, thanks in large part to singles by Murray and Ehlers that scored two runs each.

BHHS posted another crooked number on the scoreboard in the fourth inning, scoring three runs mostly by capitalizing on Pirate miscues. Marshfield pitcher Austin Soria hit two batters in the inning; the Pirates committed an error on a ground ball by Bruin infielder Alex McBride; and Holmes scored a run on a pass ball. By the end of the inning, the Bruins were up big at 8-0. They scored a run in the fifth and two in the sixth to make it an 11-0 lead before Marshfield was able to scratch across a few late runs.

The Bruins have now won four games in a row and have outscored their opponents 32-7 during the streak and have raised their team batting average by nearly 30 points.

With the doubleheader sweep at Marshfield, the Bruins raise their record to 6-2-1 and are 3-0 in league.

Special thanks to Amanda Aldrich and www.gamechanger.io for providing game information.