Bruins lose league opener
Written by Jef Hatch, Pilot staff writer   
April 09, 2013 09:49 pm

BHHS pitcher Bryce Aldrich stretches out to get a hand back on first as the South Umpqua pitcher tries to pick him off. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
BHHS pitcher Bryce Aldrich stretches out to get a hand back on first as the South Umpqua pitcher tries to pick him off. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
The Brookings-Harbor High School baseball team lost 0-3 on Tuesday to the defending Far West League champion South Umpqua Lancers.

The Bruins were unable to get the bats going in the right direction for the game and while they were defensively sound, according to Head Coach Keith Wallin, the lack of offense spelled doom for the game.

“I thought we actually played really well,” Wallin said. “We’ve got a lot of new faces and those kids played well.”

The Bruins allowed just three runs on the game with one in the third, one in the fourth and the final run in the sixth.

The Bruins were poised to score two runs on senior  Brandon Holteen’s towering shot to left field but it fell just feet outside the line for a foul ball. 

Bryce Aldrich — who started the play on first — had rounded third base by the time the ball dropped to the grass.

“I think we played hard,” Holteen said. “We played tough, we just need to work on swinging the bats some more.”

Opening the season with a game against the defending champs offered a good benchmark for the Bruins to gauge themselves against, according the Wallin.

“That team there is the defending league champs and we played with them for seven innings,” Wallin said. “We’ve got a good ball club.”

The Bruins travel to Douglas for a doubleheader on Friday. The first game is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m.