Bruins win final home games

May 10, 2013 09:28 pm

Senior shortstop Corwin Farquhar leaps for a fly ball during Friday’s 8-0 win over the Bulldogs of Sutherlin. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
Senior shortstop Corwin Farquhar leaps for a fly ball during Friday’s 8-0 win over the Bulldogs of Sutherlin. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
All season long, Head Coach Keith Wallin has said the Bruins hadn’t played their best ball yet but after Friday’s doubleheader he claimed they finally had.

“We played our best baseball at the end,” Wallin said. “I told the boys all year long we hadn’t played our best baseball yet, and I’m glad we got an opportunity to play our best baseball.”

The Bruins (5-10 in league, 8-15 overall) claimed two wins over the Bulldogs of Sutherlin in doubleheader action Friday afternoon.

The first game saw the Aldrich brothers — senior Bryce and junior Wyatt — take to the mound to split seven innings and give up just 3 runs as the Bruins walked away with a 4-3 victory.

The Bruins scored first in the bottom of the first, but Sutherlin answered in the top of the second with a run of its own.

The two teams then shared goose eggs for the third and fourth innings before Sutherlin’s bats came alive and the Bulldogs scored two runs in the top of the fifth.

The Bruins’ bats refused to be quieted though and they answered with two runs of their own in the bottom of the fifth.

BHHS blanked the Bulldogs in the sixth and scored one of their own when Rick Kreger stole third and then advanced home on an overthrow by the catcher.

Defense played a key in the top of the seventh when second baseman Justin Murray made a seemingly impossible catch in foul territory with the bases loaded to end the inning and claim victory.

“Our pitchers threw a lot of strikes,” Wallin explained. “The bats we swung, and hit the balls we were supposed to and we played great defense. It was just a great way to finish the season.”

The second game found the Bruins’ bats already warm and raring to go as they scored seven runs in the third inning and one in the fifth to claim an 8-0 win.

Junior Izak Ehlers started game two on the mound before turning the ball over to Corwin Farquhar in the top of the fourth to finish the game.

“Corwin, in the second game, was huge for us,” Wallin said. “That is a senior stepping up.”

Four seniors played their last games of their high school careers in Friday’s games, Farquhar, Brandon Holteen, Kreger and Aldrich.

“It feels good to go out on a win,” Kreger said. “We were on an eight-game losing streak and I told my team I wanted to go out with a bang and they pulled it together, and it was fun. It was a good season and I’m glad I played with these guys.”

The Bruins end their season in fifth place in the Far West League and have no opportunity to play any post-season games.