The Bruins travelled to Medford Friday to take on the Phoenix Pirates at U.S. Cellular field, where they went 1-1 in a double-header.
The Bruins lost the first game, 10-4, but came back for a close 15-14 victory in second contest. They are now 3-1 overall for the season. The OSAA 4A rankings are currently not being reported.
In the first game, the Pirates dominated the first four innings, scoring once in the first to go 1-0 before a four-run rally widened the gap to 5-0 at the end of the second. While neither team made any gains in the third, the Pirates came up with three uncontested runs to bring things up to 8-0 going into the fifth inning.
The Bruins finally hit their stride in the fifth, shutting down the Pirates offense and scoring two runs to bring things up to 8-2. But with such a wide gap already, the Bruins were unable to come close to the Pirates lead as they were matched for two runs in the sixth inning. The game was then called in the seventh inning when the Bruins failed to score.
The second game was close as the Bruins pulled away at 15-14 at the last moment after being tied all game. Both teams repeatedly matched one another in the first few innings, but the Bruins managed to stop a vital run in the last inning to stay just ahead of the Pirates.
Jon Kleespies and Cody Testa both hit two home runs each over the two games.
“The first game we just had some mistakes that cost us some early runs that really hurt us, but those last few innings were really good baseball,” said coach Keith Wallin. “We brought it back and kept it really close in the second game.”
Overall, Wallin felt such a close game would be beneficial for the Bruins in the long run, enabling the team to get some experience under pressure.
“It was really important for us to see how we fight through adversity,” Wallin said.
After Friday’s game, Wallin decided to focus the team on polishing up their routine plays and fundamental skills to prepare for this week’s tournament at Hidden Valley.
The Bruins began the Hidden Valley Tournament Tuesday against the host team and go on to play the second round today at 9:30 a.m. against Cottage Grove and the third at 2:30 p.m. against Sutherlin.
The lady Bruins canceled their Friday double-header against Coquille, meaning they’ll be taking an extended break before they resume play on April 4, when they host their rescheduled match against Gold Beach.
After playing four separate tournaments in a single week, the Bruins golf team will take a break this week before they return on April 5, when they travel to Eagle Point Golf Course for a tournament starting at noon.
After a close 13-12 rematch against Coquille last week, the Panthers took a weeklong rest for spring break. At 1-2 overall for the season, the Panthers currently sit at rank No. 33 in the OSAA 2A/1A rankings.
The Panthers’ break ends Thursday when they travel to play against Del Norte at 4:30 p.m.
The lady Panthers are still off after their March 20 rematch game against Coquille, where they took a 7-2 loss. At 0-2 overall, they currently sit at No. 27 in the OSAA 2A/1A rankings.
The Panthers return this Friday when they travel to Glide to play the Wildcats at 1 p.m. They then travel to Rogue River on Saturday to play a double-header against the Chieftains starting at noon.