BR-H softball battles, falls to Gogebic in regional semifinals – Escanaba Daily Press

Jun 10, 2024
Gogebic catcher Keira Graham (3) tags out Bark River-Harris’ Aubrey Gagnon (13) at home plate during a MHSAA Division 4 regional semifinal game on June 8, 2024 at Marion Park in Norway. (Sean Chase/Daily News)
NORWAY — Despite battling until the final pitch, the Bark River-Harris varsity softball team’s season ended on Saturday as the Broncos fell to Gogebic, 5-1, in the MHSAA Division 4 Regional semifinals at Marion Park.
“I think if we would have made a couple more plays, we would’ve been right there,” Broncos head coach Robert Arndt said. “I’m happy with the way the team played all year long.
“And also, we could have probably rolled right over when we got down and we didn’t. We stayed right there. We stayed competitive, so I’m happy with the way the girls played. They had a good season.”
Bark River-Harris ended its season as District 100 champions with a 17-16 overall record.
“We played some tough teams really early and I think that helped us,” Arndt said. “It prepared us more for the end of this year. I always say, ‘It’s kind of like Tom Izzo. He always plays the tough teams early, so at the end of the year, you’re prepared.’ That’s kind of how our season was.”
The loss means the end of the road for the Broncos’ seniors, Christina Bower, Abbie Ingersoll, Aubrey Gagnon, Faith Javurek, Tiffany Roll and Cylie Lafave.
“We’ve got six seniors,” Arndt said. “One of them (Bower) was hurt during basketball, hurt achilles. She was supposed to be our No. 1 pitcher. So, that’s kind of tough. … I’ve coached these girls since they were freshman, a lot of them. So, you know, they’re kind of like my little babies there.
“They played tough. It’s good to see their growth as a coach. Not only as a player but as a person.”
Both teams struggled at the dish to start the game and it was the Miners that struck first in the second.
After recording her second strikeout of the frame, Ingersoll plunked a Gogebic batter with the bases loaded. Ingersoll walked the next batter and the Miners took a 2-0 lead.
Emma Choronzy homered to open the third and Gogebic’s advantage grew to three runs. Then in the bottom of the fourth, the Miners added two runs to their total off a double.
Despite trailing by five runs, Bark River-Harris rallied in the sixth.
Javurek kicked things off with a triple which Ella Gonzales followed with an RBI-double, to get the Broncos on the board.
“They’re resilient,” Arndt said. “All year long, they’ve never given up or anything like that. They know they’re still in games. Put the ball in play and you never know what’s going to happen.”
However, base running errors stopped Bark River-Harris’ comeback and it lost 5-1 to the Miners.
Ingersoll was tagged with the loss for the Broncos. She struck out six in six innings of work while surrendering two earned runs and two walks.
Offensively, Gonzales led Bark River-Harris with one RBI. She also had two hits. Gagnon went 2 for 3 at the plate. Javurek, Ingersoll and Taylor Klee each had one hit. Gagnon and Gonzales both tallied two stolen bases.
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