The Bruins conquered the South Umpqua Lancers on Friday when they hit the road for a doubleheader to wrap up their three-game series at 3-0 in the Bruins favor.
The first of Friday’s game was close at 8-3, while the second was more clean cut at 9-0 after being called for darkness.
The Bruins took the lead of the first game in the first inning with two runs. Neither team managed to put anything on the board in the second or third inning, but things picked up in the fourth inning as the Bruins scored four runs and the Lancers nearly matched it with three runs of their own, taking things to 6-3.
Neither team scored in the fifth inning, but the Bruins continued to keep the Lancers in check as they scored single runs in the sixth and seventh inning, wrapping things up at 8-3.
Adam Shew pitched five innings as Andrew Burger pitched two. Shew pitched 14 first-pitch strikes and nine strikeouts, while Burger managed five first-pitch strikes and three strikeouts.
Payton Armentrout batted in the most runs for the Bruins at two, while Shew also managed to grab the most QABs at four.
The Bruins remained dominant going into the second game. Neither team scored in the first inning, but the Bruins seized the lead in the second with two runs.
After an uneventful third, the Bruins launched ahead with another four unopposed runs to hit 6-0. Neither team scored in the fifth, but the sixth inning saw the Bruins score another three runs to take them to 9-0.
The game went into the seventh inning with the Bruins scoring another three, while the Lancers finally managed to score one of their own to take things to 12-1, but the game was called due to encroaching darkness and the score reverted to 9-0 from the sixth inning.
Roman Worthey pitched the first five innings, while Jason Vanginderen took the last two. Worthey had 16 first-pitch strikes and six total strikeouts, while Vanginderen had six first-pitch strikes and three strikeouts.
Jacub McCollum topped RBIs at three, QABs at five and walks at three for the Bruins on two hits.
This victory puts the Bruins at 18-1 overall this season as they sit in the first place of the OSAA 3A rankings. They remain undefeated in the league at 9-0 in first place, with Sutherlin looming in second at 8-1.
The Bruins played their first game against St Mary’s on Tuesday and return to host their next two games in a doubleheader at 3 p.m. Thursday.
Thursday’s game was moved from Friday due to a lack of officials.
The Bruins faced the Douglas Trojans one last time this season on Monday when they traveled Winston to play a postponed game. It was a clean cut win for the Bruins at a big 25-8 win.
The first inning saw the Bruins seize the lead with two unopposed runs, but the following inning had the Bruins score a whopping nine runs. The Trojans nearly kept pace with seven runs of their own in the second inning, however, the third proved to be the turning point as the Bruins scored five runs, putting them at 16-7.
The Bruins didn’t relent in the fourth inning as they matched the second with another nine runs, with Douglas managing to grab a single run of their own to take things to 25-8. Neither team scored in the fifth inning, as the game was called with the Bruins ahead more than 10 runs.
Gracie Harms pitched the whole game for the Bruins with 12 first-pitch strikes and seven strikeouts. Tillie Peters ran in the most runs with four total RBIs, while Madison Taylor took the most QABs at four as well.
After this win, the Bruins are 9-14 overall this year and were last ranked No. 19 in the OSAA 3A rankings. In the league, they are 3-6, sitting tentatively in third place right in front of Sutherland and behind the undefeated Cascade Christian and South Umpqua, who are tied for first at 6-0 each.
The Bruins break for a week before picking things back up against Sutherlin on Monday with a home game starting at 5 p.m. After that, they wrap up their scheduled season with a doubleheader the following Friday.
Next week’s set of games will likely decide if Brookings-Harbor or Sutherlin will take third in the Far West League.
Bruins track and field
The Bruins traveled to Medford on Friday to compete in the Medford Distance Carnival at Speilberg Stadium alongside North Medford, Prospect, St. Mary’s, Ashland and North Valley.
There was no team scoring, but the Bruins managed several top places.
For running events, senior Aiden Strahm took first in the men’s dash for the Bruins with a new PR of 11.96 seconds. Freshman Kaleb Barnes took first in the 1500 with a new PR of 4:20.79. In the 110-meter hurdles, sophomore Keenan Caroll took second with a new PR of 17.74, while freshman Kyan Myers took third with a PR of his own at 18.77.
For field events, freshman Jake Beaman tied for first in the high jump at 5-04.00. Willaim Miller and Dylan Hodge tied for third in the pole vault at 8-06, a new PR for Hodge. Strahm also managed to take first for triple jump at 18-09.50 and Patrick Runge took third at 18-04.00.
For the women’s starting with running events, Alonna Nalls took second in the 400-meter sprint with a new PR of 1:04.07. Megan took third in the 110 hurdles at 18.30.
Moving on to field events, Chloe McCrae took third in the shot put at 30-01.00 feet and second in the discus at 104-04. Mickey Fulton took first in womens pole vault at 8-00.00 and Alonna Nalls took second in the long jump at 14-10.50.
The Bruins competed again when they traveled to Bandon on Tuesday for the Small Schools Invitational and they head to Grants Pass on Saturday to compete in the 70th Annual Rotary Invitational, beginning at 10 a.m.