By Mathew Brock

Pilot staff writer

Last week was tough for the Bruins as they went 0-3 in their matches against North Bend, only managing to score a single run against the second place team. This week also proved challenging for the Bruins as they played their first game against the South Umpqua Lancers, the first place team in the Far West League.

The Lancers took a 19-0 shutout victory over the Bruins in their Tuesday game, giving the Bruins a 4-6 league record and tying them with next week’s opponent, the Marshfield Pirates, for third place in the Far West League. At 5-13 overall for the season, the Bruins sit at rank No. 32 in the OSAA 4A rankings.

The Lancers opened with a huge 10-run first inning. From there they made gradual gains while shutting down the Bruins offense. They scored two runs in the second and fifth to take things up to 14-0. They scored another three runs in the fourth to hit 17-0 before another two runs in the fifth to end things at 19-0 as the game was called.

“These last two weeks have been really good teams that have been rough matchups for us,” said Bruins Coach Kelly Garvin. “We’ll play Marshfield next week as our final league opponent, which will probably be the most equal team we face all year.”

The Bruins traveled to play their last two games against South Umpqua on Friday. The Bruins will host their first game against Marshfield on Monday starting at 5 p.m.

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