The Bruins faced off against the Douglas Trojans on Monday to start their league season, taking a close 6-4 win to start league play on a high note.
At 8-3 overall so far this year, the Bruins rank No. 18 in the OSAA 4A rankings. With a single win under their belts, the Bruins are sitting tied with North Bend for first place in the Far West league.
Neither team scored in the first inning, but the Bruins managed to take an early lead in the second at 2-0. The Bruins scored another run in the third to take them up to 3-0 and then matched a run in the fourth to head into the fifth at 4-1.
The Trojans matched the Bruins again in the fifth with a single run to take things to 5-1, but then started gaining ground in the sixth by shutting down the Bruins and scoring two runs before striking out to end at 6-4 in the Bruins favor.
The Bruins will host Douglas for a double-header starting at 3 p.m. this Friday before heading to Siuslaw the following Tuesday to play the Vikings at 5 p.m.
The Bruins kicked off their league season against Douglas Trojans on Monday, where they took a solid 16-10 victory after having a shaky start. The Bruins rank No. 34 at 1-6 so far this season and at 1-0 in league play.
The Bruins took a short-lived lead in the first inning with three runs to put them at 3-0 to go into the second. But the Trojans managed to take advantage of a few defensive blunders on the Bruin’s part during the second, where they scored a whopping three runs to begin the third at 6-3. The third was uneventful, but the Bruins rallied in the fourth to keep the Trojans in check while their offense scored a whopping six runs. The Bruins began the fifth with a 9-6 lead with neither team scoring throughout.
The Bruins finally ran away with the game with a strong offensive showing in the sixth inning. They only gave up two runs to the Trojans before scoring a whopping seven runs of their own to end the sixth at 16-8.
The Trojans came out in force during the seventh to score an early two runs while taking only a single out, but a tremendous hustle from the Bruins forced two more outs after catching an outfield ball before throwing it all the way back to catch an out on home to end the game at 16-10.
Coach Kelly Garvin was impressed the Bruins were able to rally their defense after the rough second inning, especially with their hustle in ending the seventh. That said, she hopes to really buckle down and work on the Bruins defense moving forward this season.
“We can definitely make our defensive plays, but havent got to the point where we can smoothly make them in a timely manner,” Garvin said.
The Bruins head to Douglas Friday to play the Trojan’s again in a double-header starting at 3 p.m. After that they’ll head to Lost River on Saturday to play the Pirates in a non-league double-header starting at 3 p.m.
The Panthers stayed home this weekend after their double-header against the Neah-Kah-Nah Pirates was canceled.
At 1-6 overall, the Panthers currently sit at rank No. 38 in the OSAA 2A/1A rankings, while at 0-1 in league they sit tied with their upcoming opponent Waldport for fifth in 2A/1A Special District 5.
The Panthers will host the Waldport Irish on Thursday at 4:30 p.m. for their second league game of the season. After that the Panthers head to Myrtle Point on Tuesday to play the Wildcats at 4:30 p.m.
The Panthers weekend double-header against the Neah-Kah-Nah Pirates was canceled Saturday, but went on to play the Illinois Valley Cougars on Monday, where they took at 15-8 victory in a non-league game.
At 4-4 overall, the Panthers rank No. 13 in the OSAA 2A/1A rankings.
At 1-0 in league play, the Bruins stand tied with Waldport and Reedsport for second, behind 2-0 Toledo.
The Panthers host the Waldport Irish Thursday at 4:30 p.m. for their second league game, after which they’ll head to Bonanza Softball Tournament on Friday and Saturday. Their games start at 7 p.m. both days with opponents yet to be decided.