The Bruins faced off against the Reedsport Braves Saturday in a non-league doubleheader at home. Reedsport took the first game at 12-8, while the Bruins took the second at a wide 17-3.
The first game saw Brookings take the lead in the first inning with three runs. Neither team scored in the second, but the Braves began a comeback in the third inning with two runs. The Braves seized the momentum and scored a big five runs in the third quarter, putting them ahead at 7-3.
The Bruins managed a single run in the fifth while keeping the Braves from scoring. Madison Taylor hit a grand slam for four runs, but the Bruins couldn’t keep the Braves from scoring a matching four of their own, taking things to 11-8.
The Braves topped things off in the seventh inning with a single run while they kept the Bruins off of home, ending the game at 12-8 in the Braves favor.
Taylor was tops for the first game with three hits, as well as six total RBIs. Gracie Harms and Jordan Crosby split time on the mound with Harms throwing 15 first-pitch strikes and Crosby with nine total strikeouts.
The second game saw the Bruins come out strong in the first inning and set the tempo with a whopping seven runs and shutting down the Braves completely. Both teams scored two runs in the second inning before the Bruins jumped ahead in the third with eight runs to the Braves one, taking things to a wide 17-2 lead. The fourth inning was uneventful, but the Braves managed to score one final run in the fifth before the game was called at 17-3.
Taylor tied with Tillie Peterson for most hits at three. Peterson tied with Allison Graves with three RBIs each. Taylor pitched the entire second game, with 10 first-pitch strikes and four strikeouts.
On Monday, the Bruins traveled to North Medford to compete in the North Medford Spring Break Invite softball tournament. They played Mazama in the first round on Monday taking a 12-3 loss, before following up with a game against North Medford to take another loss at 17-6. They took on La Pine on Tuesday morning for a 13-2 win before wrapping up the tournament against Amity with a 22-11 loss.
The Bruins are now 5-7 overall this season and were last ranked No. 18 in the OSAA 3A rankings. They begin league play on April 9 against Douglas, who they faced last year at the 4A level.
The Bruins play again Friday of next week when they host North Valley at home for a doubleheader beginning at 2 p.m. Then on Saturday they play their final scheduled non-league game of the season against Waldport at 2 p.m.