Bruins’ softball season ends with 2-7 loss to Pirates

May 18, 2012 09:35 pm

Shortstop Hannah Goergen stretches for a hard hit ball during the Bruins 2-7 loss to Phoenix. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
 

With the exception of a error-laden third inning, the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team played championship-quality ball as they faced the Pirates of Phoenix High School in an OSAA round-of-32 play-in game.

The Bruins came into the game ranked third in the Far West League and were looking to advance to the playoffs with a victory but were unable to overcome their own worst enemy – errors – in the 2-7 defeat.

The Bruins opened the game with a pair of runs that gave them a 2-1 lead going into the third inning.

 

 With the exception of a error-laden third inning, the Brookings-Harbor High School softball team played championship-quality ball as they faced the Pirates of Phoenix High School in an OSAA round-of-32 play-in game.

The Bruins came into the game ranked third in the Far West League and were looking to advance to the playoffs with a victory but were unable to overcome their own worst enemy – errors – in the 2-7 defeat.

The Bruins opened the game with a pair of runs that gave them a 2-1 lead going into the third inning.

Kayla Webre took three straight strikes for the first out of the inning, but Hannah Goergen exhibited patience at to plate to draw a walk off of Pirate starting pitcher, Meranda Zanni.

Goergen advanced to second on a pass ball before Mymy Seavello’s single advanced her to third.

Halle Ostman struck out for the second out of the inning, but not before Seavello stole second to set up a 2 RBI single situation for Alaura Marrington.

Jessica Yock recorded the final out of the inning as she struck out swinging.

The offense generated in the first inning would be all the Bruins would get off of Zanni as she recorded 11 strikeouts.

Courtney Kay pitched a complete game from the rubber for the Bruins and recorded two strikeouts of her own while only walking two. Of the seven runs scored by Phoenix, none of them were earned runs, allowing Kay to keep her ERA at 0.00.

The Bruins allowed one run in the second inning, and then fell to pieces in the third and gave up six runs on six errors.

“We had some errors that shouldn’t have happened,” Head Coach Steve Bonde said. “But that is what happens sometimes with a younger team.”

Bonde called timeout after the Pirates scored their fifth run of the inning to try and calm his team down.

“They were getting tense out there,” he said. “When they get tense, they make errors, so I went out and told them to relax. When we play a nice, loose, relaxed game; we win.”

The Bruins certainly seemed to relax after the timeout as they quickly closed out the inning and only allowed one more run to score.

The rest of the game was a battle of defenses as neither team could generate any offense at all.

“I feel like we never gave up,” sophomore Alaura Marrington said. “We tried our hardest, and we’ll come out and take it all next year.”

The Bruins’ toughness was no surprise to Pirate’s Head Coach Jason Zanni.

“The teams that are playing are here because they belong here,” he said. “They didn’t surprise us because we knew they were a quality ball club. We knew it would be a tough-fought battle.”

The Bruins are already looking forward to next season with plans for summer-league softball, hitting and fielding practice and time working on fundamentals, according to Bonde.

“We’ve got a really young team,” he said. “We’ll miss Breanna (Juarez) because she brings so much to the outfield, but we’re excited by what the future holds.”

The Bruins will lose just two seniors, and with only one junior on the team they will strive to build a cohesive unit intent on advancing beyond the play-in round next season.

The Bruins end the season at an even .500 with a record of 11-11 overall, and a Far West League record of 9-6.