Bruins, Ceo hang on to win
Britney Ceo’s concentration is what saved the game for Bear River’s softball team Tuesday.
While her defense was committing some untimely errors on its home field, the junior pitcher continued to strike out West Campus batters until the Bruins’ 5-3 win was final.
Ceo struck out the side in the seventh inning, the final two of which came with the tying run on first base. She finished with nine strikeouts for the game.
“I’m real focused,” Ceo said. “As a team we have a goal, and obviously that affects me, but it’s really important to stay focused on what I have to do.”
The goal for the Bruins (5-4) is to make the playoffs. Only two teams from the Pioneer Valley League advance to the postseason, leaving third-place Bear River’s hopes dwindling. Had the Bruins lost Tuesday, they would been eliminated.
In the first inning the Warriors scored their first of three unearned runs, following two of the four hits Ceo allowed. Their last two were results of lapses by Bear River’s defense in the sixth inning.
In the seventh, the Warriors threatened when Chelsea Talbert reached base when her towering fly ball was lost in the sun in the infield. Lucy Maderos then reached base and advanced Talbert to second on a throwing error to second base.
“Defensively we just gave them runs,” Bear River coach Duane Zauner said. “We’re giving teams great opportunities. In key times we’re doing that.”
When the Bruins played at West Campus (Sacramento) on March 30, Bear River won 17-0.
Although Bear River’s offense wasn’t as dominating as it was in that game, the Bruins were solid in pivotal situations. They scored two runs in the first inning, when with two outs Kathryn Rabak had a 2-RBI double. In the third, also with two outs, Bear River scored three times.
Brooke Mosman was the first on base in the third after she hit a two-out double. Mosman eventually scored on an error, but the Bruins took a 5-1 lead when Rebecca Zauner drove in Jenna Wermes and Rabak with a single.
A single by Wermes in the third was Bear River’s only other hit.
Bear River hosts Mesa Verde on Thursday in a 4 p.m. double-header. The Bruins end their season in at home Tuesday against Colfax.
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