For their first matchup of the season, the Bruins softball team traveled to Rogue River to face off against the Chieftains. The Bruins played a 12-hit game, but ended it just behind the Chieftains at 11-10.
The OSAA has not begun tracking individual rankings this year, but will start once all teams have finished their initial games later in the season.
“Overall it was pretty good for our first preseason game,” said Coach Kelly Garvin. “We had a few defensive errors that really cost us, but that’s something we can work on. We were fairly solid overall though.”
Garvin said the the team is still finding its bearings and adjusting to their freshman pitcher Gracie Harm, who was bumped up to the varsity level this year.
Garvin plans to continue drilling the team’s fundamentals skills and work to develop their defense moving forward. According to Garvin, the team is currently playing a strong offensive game but still needs time to hone their defensive skills to become a better rounded team.
The Bruins game against Del Norte was canceled Tuesday, but the Bruins will host Hidden Valley Mustangs today at 4:30 p.m. After that, the Bruins host the Gold Beach Panthers on Thursday at 4:30 p.m.
The Panthers baseball team started the year with a solid win 14-4 win against the Coquille Red Devils.
The OSAA rankings will be available later in the season to allow each team to finish their opening games.
The Panthers started strong by scoring half their runs in the first inning while holding the Devils at onepoint to end at 7-1.
They kept up the pressure in the second by scoring another five runs and totally shutting down the Devils offense to end at 12-1.
The Devils began to put up a fight in the third by scoring three to the Panthers two and ending at 14-4.
Neither team scored in the fourth and the game was then called after the Devils finished batting in the fifth inning with no points.
Seniors Alex Carpenter and Taylor Mather pitched the first two innings before sophomore Cameron Hagood took over for most of the third. Sophomore Emmanuel Quesada took over at the end of the third, where he closed out the last two innings with three strikeouts, two walks and not a single hit in the final stretch.
“Offense-wise, we played two complete teams out there. We have 25 kids this year and we played 17 today. Nobody had more than one hit so it was spread out nicely,” said Coach Mark Hollinger.
The Panthers were able to send all 17 of their varsity players to the plate with eight slamming hits and 10 different players scoring.
The Panthers come to Brookings on Thursday to play the Bruins at 4:30 p.m.
The Panthers softball team had a rough opening game this season as they took a 17-3 loss against the visiting Coquille Red Devils.
Their standing in the OSAA rankings will be unveiled later in the season after all teams finish their opening games.
The Panthers travel to Brookings Thursday to face the Bruins at 4:30 p.m. and then host Rogue River on Saturday for a noon double header.