By Mathew Brock

Pilot Sports Writer

After taking a close 6-4 victory over the Douglas Trojans earlier in the week, the Bruins went 1-1 in their double-header rematch against the Trojans last Friday. The Bruins settled for a 4-2 loss in the first game before coming back for a solid 8-3 victory in the second.

At 9-4 overall this season the Bruins are currently rank No. 17 in the OSAA 4A rankings. After taking a single victory lead in their three games against Douglas, the Bruins are now 2-1 in the Far West League, tied for second place with the Siuslaw Vikings.

The first game had the Bruins take a single-point lead in the first inning before an uneventful second and third. The Trojans tied things up in fourth at 1-1 before both teams took a single run in the fifth to keep things tied at 2-2.

The Trojans then managed to break away in the sixth inning by scoring up two runs on the Bruins to take a 4-2 lead. While they held the Trojans at four points, the Bruins were unable to score any runs in the seventh inning to make up the difference, ending at 4-2 in the Trojans favor.

The second game had the Bruins hitting their stride to both shut down the Trojan’s runs most of the game and start scoring consistently themselves. The first inning had the Trojans take a small 1-0 lead with a single run before the Bruins tied things up at 1-1 with another singular run in the second.

From there the Bruins progressively scored more runs each inning until the sixth. They ended the third at 2-1 before two runs in the fourth put them at 4-1. Another three unmatched runs in the fifth put them at 7-1 before finally cooling off in the sixth with a single run to start the last inning at 8-1.

The Trojans mounted a strong offensive effort in the final inning to grab another two runs, but ultimately could not bridge the gap. The game ended when they finally struck out behind the Bruins at 8-3.

The Bruins went on to play the Siuslaw Vikings on Tuesday to decide who would take second place in the Far West League. The Bruins will have another chance to face the Vikings when they travel to Siuslaw on Friday to play a double-header starting at 3 p.m. Next week, the Bruins will face the first place North Bend Bulldogs.

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