The Bruins softball team finished off their season on Friday against the Marshfield Pirates with two losses, 12-3 and 15-9.
Though tied with the Vikings at 4-11, the Bruins placed behind them at fifth place in the Far West league. At 5-18 overall this season, they’ll finish at rank No. 34 in the OSAA 4A rankings.
The first game started slow with neither team making any gains in the first two innings. The Pirates took the lead with two uncontested runs in the third and another three in the fourth to hit 5-0 going into the fifth.
The Bruins managed two runs in the fifth to stay in the game but the Pirates were firmly ahead as they scored another four runs themselves to take the score to 9-2. The Bruins managed one more run in the sixth, but three runs by the Pirates put them ahead 13-3 to end things before the seventh inning.
The Bruins put up a much better fight in the second game by taking the lead 3-1 in the first inning. The Bruins stayed consistent with another three runs in the second, but a huge six runs by the Pirates put them ahead 7-6 going into the third. The Pirates scored a single uncontested run in the third before the Bruins stole the lead in the fourth with three unmatched runs, taking them to a close 9-8.
The Pirates took back the lead with two runs in the fifth to put them at 10-9 before finishing off the Bruins by scoring five runs in the sixth. The game was called before the seventh at 15-9.
The Bruins graduate Chelsea Sharp, BriAnna Smith, Kayla Watson, Hannah Humphrey and Barrieanne Fallert this year.
“It was a rough year, but I feel good about next year,” said Bruins Coach Kelly Garvin. “We had a young team and with the kids coming up I think things are looking great ahead of us.”
Bruins track and field
The Bruins headed to Florence this weekend for the West League Championship track meet. Full results will be posted later today, but as of yesterday, Ryan Steendahl placed second in the boys pole-vault with a new personal record of 12-9.00. This means Steendahl will advance to the state level and travel to Eugene next weekend to compete in the OSAA 4A State Championship.
You can find the full results from the Florence meet when they are posted later today at www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/School.aspx?SchoolID=163.
The Bruins golf team ended their season on Tuesday at the Regional Tournament hosted at Running Y golf course in Klamath Falls. The Bruins took a respectable fifth place out of nine schools with a team score of 765 over two days of golfing. The winning team was Mazama at 696.
Bret Darger took the top spot for the team at 174, followed by Nathaniel Bernard at 190 and Cameron Kime at 193. Luke Beaman and Zack Walker came in at 208 and 213 respectively.
The Bruins were up against some strong competition, with Craig Ronne of Klamath Union coming in first with low score of 128.
The Bruins’ district only takes the top three teams to state, so they’ll be headed back to the clubhouse until next year.
“I feel good about the tournament,” said Bruins Coach Gary Early. “This is a young team and I thought they played very well.”
The Panthers lost their Tuesday rematch against the Reedsport Braves at 14-1, taking their league record to 4-11 and tying them at fifth place with the Waldport Irish in the 2A/1A Special District 5. The Panthers sit at rank No. 35 in the OSAA 2A/1A rankings with an overall record of 3-13
The Panthers traveled to play the Waldport Irish on Friday and head to Myrtle Point on Friday to play the Wildcats again at 4:30 p.m. After that the Panthers will host Toledo on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The panthers took a 14-9 loss against Reedsport on Tuesday to put them at a 5-4 league record and tying them for fourth place with the Waldport Irish in the 2A/1A Special District 5. With an overall score of 8-8, the Panthers are rank No. 18 in the OSAA 2A/1A rankings.
The Panthers headed to Waldport to play the Irish on Friday and travel to Myrtle Point on Friday to for their rematch against the Wildcats at 4:30 p.m. The Panthers will then host the first-place Toledo Boomers on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.