Barlow remains unbeaten
Mt. Hood Conference
PORTLAND — In a game filled with walks, errors and base-running mistakes, Barlow was the team that did just enough to pull out the victory.
With the game tied 2-2 after three complete, Barlow rallied for two runs in the fourth and two more in the fifth as they got the season sweep from David Douglas by beating the Scots 6-2 on Monday.
"At the end of the day, a win is a win," Barlow head coach Scott Hunter said. "Hats off to David Douglas for competing for 14 innings the last two games and making us work hard. But we need to be playing better baseball."
David Douglas was able to manufacture a pair of runs in the bottom of the first inning to take the early 2-0 lead. Tyson Goodall and Jermaine Robinson each reached on free passes and then came in to score on a one-out, two-run single by Dakota Lohmeier.
Unfortunately for the Scots, that would be the only time that they would even be a threat to score until the seventh inning.
"Barlow's guys just got more consistent in throwing first-pitch strikes," David Douglas head coach Rob Kennewell said. "The kids felt pretty confident coming up to the plate, but we didn't hit the ball very hard throughout the game…Barlow also made some key plays in big situations."
The Bruins would respond in the top of the second with two runs of their own to tie the game up. Durham Sundberg led off the inning with a double and later scored after Jaren Hunter reached on an error. An infield single Kody Kjeldsen brought in Hunter, which evaporated the Scots lead.
Barlow starting pitcher Tyler Ostgarden had some issues with his command and was replaced by Jimmy Nicholson with one out in the third inning. Nicholson not only got out of the inning, but also threw scoreless frames in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings while only allowing two walks and no hits before being taken out in the bottom of the seventh.
"I came in with the plan of wanting to pound the fastball in for strikes and it ended up working really well for me," Nicholson said. "I found my zone and everything rolled from there."
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