Debuting in their first league game at the 3A level, the Bruins took on the Douglas Trojans for an 11-9 victory on Wednesday.

The Bruins caught a second wind after a rough first inning to jump ahead in the fourth and hold the lead.

“Giving up five runs in the first inning really put us behind but the girls really responded well,” said Bruins head coach Tony Baron. “It would have been easy for us to just fold up like we’ve done in the past but instead we really shut the door on them.”

The first inning looked grim for the Bruins as the Trojans scored a big five-run inning with the Bruins only managing one of their own. The second inning stayed even, with neither team making a run but the Bruins then mounted a counterattack in the third inning to with four runs to tie things up at 5-5.

The Bruins crept ahead in the fourth inning with a single run and then both teams went runless in the fifth as they got ready to square up.

The sixth inning was nearly a reverse of the first, with the Bruins rallying for five runs. Douglas refused to go down easily, however, and kept up the pace in the seventh, coming back with four runs. The Bruins kept their cool however and closed out the game at 11-9.

Hannah James was top hitter for the Bruins with three, while Jordan Pryor and Sierra Fitzhugh rounded things up with three QABs each.

Gracie Harms pitched all seven innings for the Bruins with 20 first-pitch strikes and 10 strikeouts.

The Bruins wrapped up their other two games against Douglas on Friday with a double-header away game. They return this Tuesday to take on Cascade Christian at home starting at 4 p.m.

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