Mathew Brock

Pilot Staff Writer

The Bruins began their non-league baseball season with a huge victory against the Illinois Valley Cougars where they went 28-0 before calling the game in the fifth inning.

The OSAA has not begun tracking baseball rankings yet this season, but the Bruins have started the season strong at 1-0 after dominating their first game.

The first inning saw the Bruins shutting down the Cougar’s offense before running the score up 8-0. The second inning was uneventful with neither team making any gains.

The third inning was almost a repeat of the first, with the Bruins shutting down the Cougars offensively before making major gains and ending at 18-0.

Freshman Andrew Burger was the star of the game, smashing a three-run homer in the third inning. Not only was it Burger’s first high school baseball game, but also his 15th birthday. Coach Keith Wallin took a moment to award the home run ball to Burger’s mother, Liz, who was watching the game.

“That was a big moment for Andrew,” said Wallin. “I’m sure he’ll remember it for the rest of his life.”

The game wound down in the fourth as the Cougars still couldn’t make any gains and the Bruins kept going to 28-0. When the fifth inning finally hit, the coaches called the game after the Cougars finished batting.

Pitchers Cody Testa and Andrew Burger threw no hits, no runs, no walks, and no HBPs in their five innings.

“One of our goals this year was to have a game where we didn’t walk anybody or give up any free passes. To be able to do that in our first game was really nice,” Wallin said. “We threw a high percentage of strikes today and offensively we had a lot of ground balls and line drives. That’s what’s going to win baseball games later in the year.”

Wallin plans to work on the team’s base running this week and choosing which pitches to take in certain situations.

The Bruins host the Gold Beach Panthers Thursday at 4:30 p.m. and then travel to St. Mary’s in Medford on Saturday to play the Crusaders at 1 p.m.