The Bruins held their own against the No.1 ranked 3A school on Wednesday when they hosted the Cascade Christian Challengers.

The Challengers prevailed at 9-6 after taking an early lead, but the Bruins managed to stay within arms reach of a win until the very end.

“We did one hell of a job against the number one team in the league,” said Bruins head coach Tony Baron. “I’m really proud of our defense despite some mental errors. We’re going from falling apart to making it happen. Usually, we have a fall apart inning but not this time.”

The Challengers took a comfortable lead with two pairs of runs in the first and second inning. The Bruins retaliated in the third as they shored up their defenses and scored three runs of their own to take things to 4-3. The Challengers maintained their lead with another run in the fourth to take things to 5-3.

Neither team managed any runs in the fifth, but both scored two in the sixth to take things to 7-5. The Bruins stayed with it but the Challengers outscored them 2-1 in the seventh inning, taking things to a tense 9-6 to wrap things up in the Challenger’s favor.

The Bruins were 2-1 after their loss against the Challengers Wednesday and 8-9 overall and ranked No. 20 in the OSAA 3A rankings.

The Bruins faced the Challengers at away on Friday for a doubleheader resulting in 11-1 and 12-1 losses for the Bruins. They’ll then travel again on Tuesday to play their first league game against South Umpqua at 3 p.m.