The Bruins finished off their regular league season with three decisive wins against the Marshfield Pirates, putting them at a 10-5 league record to take second in the Far West League.
Sitting behind the undefeated 13-0 North Bend Bulldogs in first and ahead of the 9-6 Douglas Trojans in second, the Bruins have earned a spot in the playoffs. At 17-8 overall, the Bruins sit at rank No. 19 in the OSAA 4A rankings.
After taking a 14-4 victory on Monday, the Bruins dominated the first game of their Thursday double-header against the Pirates at 13-3 and came back for another almost uncontested 11-1 victory in the second.
“We prepared well this week and executed,” said Bruins Coach Keith Wallin, “We focused on all the little things and our pitchers proved to be phenomenal athletes.”
The first of Thursday’s games had the Bruins starting with a single uncontested run in the first inning, but the second inning saw them take a firm lead with another three uncontested runs to take them to 4-0. The third inning was quick and uneventful, but led into a Pirate rally in the fourth, where they scored three runs to almost tie things up at 4-3 going into the fifth.
The Bruins took another single run in the fifth before ending the game with a huge sixth inning. After shutting down the Pirates offense, the Bruins loaded the bases and began scoring. The game was called when a big hit by Andrew Burger bumped the Bruins to a 13-3 lead.
The first game had Roman Worthey come in at a whopping 5 RBIs, while Cody Testa pitched the first fourth innings with 10 first-pitch strikes and seven strikeouts.
The second game started a little slower for the Bruins as they scored a single run in the first inning and then gave one up in the second to go into the third tied at 1-1. But from there the Bruins took no prisoners, scoring two uncontested runs in the third inning and three in the fourth to put them ahead at 6-1.
After shutting down the Pirates in the top of the fifth, the Bruins ended the game by nearly doubling their points in bottom with five runs taking them to a solid 11-1 victory.
Now that they’ve secured the second place spot in the Far West League, the Bruins will host their first playoff game either next Friday or Saturday against a yet-to-be decided opponent. They’ll have the majority of the week and a non-league game against Cascade Christian to prepare for the playoffs. The Bruins travel to play Cascade Christian on Wednesday at 4 p.m.
“We’re going to keep doing what we’ve been doing: focus on the fundamentals, get our pitchers some bullpens and shore up our defense,” said Wallin.