Broncos sweep Cougars, set program wins’ record

BARK RIVER — The Bark River-Harris softball team set a new program record here Saturday, reaching 20 wins in a season for the first time with a doubleheader sweep of Superior Central. The Broncos won the opener 19-4 and the nightcap 20-14.

BR-H (20-4) made quick work of the Cougars in the opener, winning by a mercy rule in three innings.

Eden Oswald earned the win, surrendering four runs on four hits while striking out six. Riley Arndt and Cierra Ouradnik had two RBIs each for the Broncos, while Oswald, Tatiana LaFave and Alexis Berg had one RBI.

BR-H was able to take the nightcap, despite the Cougars’ bats coming to life. They collected 14 runs on 23 hits off BR-H pitcher Esther Oswald.

“The first game we played really well, we didn’t have any major issues. The second game was a little tougher than we expected,” BR-H coach Jen Goodrich said.

“It was pretty obvious in the second inning they started hitting the ball and we got rattled because we didn’t expect them to hit. They scored seven of their runs in the second inning, and seven of their nine girls got hits in that inning. We had to regroup after that. It was a good pressure moment for us. If it happens against a team like Rapid (River) or Norway in districts they could take advantage of a moment like that. We would have liked to win it a little quicker, but it was a good test of our mental toughness.”

The Broncos had 15 hits, led by Arndt with three triples, a single and seven RBIs. Eden Oswald and Sierra Debelak both hit home runs.

“It was the last home game for our seniors, so it was exciting for Eden to hit her first home run of the season in her final home game,” Goodrich said.

BR-H visits Marquette for a twinbill Tuesday.