A successful team is often characterized by finding ways to win games when you are not at your best and things just aren't going your way. That sentiment is best captured by legendary college football coach Bobby Bowden who said, "I'd rather win ugly than lose pretty."
The Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team committed seven errors against the North Valley Vikings but "won ugly" by persevering for an 8-7 victory at North Valley High School this past Friday evening.
Though the defense was not at their best, the Bruins were able to extend their winning streak to six games by getting plenty of hitting and a total team effort on the mound.
BHHS collected 12 hits in the game, with eight different Bruins collecting at least one knock; and five different pitchers combined to allow just five hits and two earned runs.
As they have done throughout the winning streak, the Bruins scored early and often. Infielder Christian Hooper, who was 3-for-4 on the day, singled to centerfield in the first inning, scoring Izak Ehlers from third and giving the Bruins a 2-0 lead.
The Vikings scored three runs to take the lead in the bottom of the first, helped by two Bruin errors and a runner who reached base on a dropped third strike. Not to be outdone, the Bruins responded the following half-inning, scoring three runs on a two out, bases loaded triple by Ehlers, snatching the lead back at 5-3.
In the past three games, BHHS has scored a total of 11 runs in the first two innings.
The Bruins were able to tack on runs in the third, fifth and sixth innings and found themselves with an 8-5 lead heading into the bottom of the sixth.
North Valley struck for two runs as they capitalized on three BHHS errors in the inning, but with the tying run on third base, Bruin pitcher Justin Murray struckout Elias Stegemiller and Gaige Perry to get out of the jam and preserve a slim one-run lead.
Bruin ace Wyatt Aldrich struckout the side in the bottom of the seventh inning, the last strikeout with the winning run on second base, to record the save.