Bruins win top-10 clash in extra innings
Mount Hood Conference
|#3 Barlow (10-4)|
|#10 Clackamas (10-4) 10 innings|
CLACKAMAS — Barlow's softball team broke through with the international tiebreaker in the 10th inning to down Clackamas 4-2 in a top-10 clash Friday on the turf fields of Hoodview Park.
The Bruins got runners to second base twice in extra innings, but were unable to push them any farther along. In the 10th, with the international tiebreaker rule in play, Barlow started with its speedy lead-off hitter on second base.
Alexa Bailey didn't stay there for long.
Teammate Sammie Pemberton was showing bunt at the plate. She pulled back on the first pitch. Bailey took off on the next throw, sliding safely into third base with a steal.
"That was all her," Barlow coach Rob Gehrke said. "Stealing third took the bunt away and let one of our better hitters swing the bat."
Pemberton worked the count full then sent a sharp roller through the left side to bring Bailey across standing up with the go-ahead run.
The Bruins would grow the lead to 4-1 before Clackamas got its shot with the bats.
The Cavaliers were unable to get the tying run out of the batter's box with Pemberton dropping to her knees to catch a line drive at shortstop for the final out.
Barlow's Lexi Geary hit a lead-off homer to left field in the sixth inning to force extra innings. She also went the distance in the pitcher's circle, retiring the side in order three times and finishing with 13 strikeouts.
The No. 3-ranked Bruins (10-4) take on Central Catholic at 3:45 p.m. Monday at Delta Park, while No. 10 Clackamas (10-4) plays at David Douglas at 4:30 p.m.
Look for expanded coverage ahead in our Tuesday, April 17, print edition.