Central Catholic ends Barlow's win-streak
Mt. Hood Conference
SANDY — Barlow has proved to be a resilient team so far this, but they dug themselves too big of hole against Central Catholic on Friday night.
The Bruins fell behind by six runs and even though they rallied to make it a game, Central Catholic still pulled out the 7-4 win, giving Barlow their first conference loss of the season.
"There are definitely a few plays in this game that we would like to have back," Barlow head coach Scott Hunter said. "(Central Catholic) is a really good team and we just didn't match their intensity at the start of the game."
The contest was played at Sandy High School due to Barlow's field being unplayable because of the rain.
Central Catholic was teeing off on Barlow starting pitcher Stuart Weber to begin the game. The Rams hit four doubles in the first two innings and jumped out to a quick 5-0 lead.
"(Central Catholic) just hit it to where we weren't. It's hard to defend balls in the gap," Weber said. "I left a couple balls up in the zone and they capitalized."
Weber however, was able to settle into the game and only gave up two more runs in his last four innings of work.
Barlow had a chance to get one back in the bottom of the second with guys on first and second with one out. Cyle Calcagno hit a fly ball that was caught in right field for the second out and both runners tried to tag up on the play.
Jaren Hunter, the runner on first, got caught in a rundown while trying to get to second. After advancing to third on the sacrifice fly by Calcagno, Tyler Ostgarden tried to score while Hunter stayed in the rundown for as long as possible. But Ostgarden was gunned down at the plate on a rifle from Central Catholic shortstop Rowan Ramsey.
The Rams pushed another run across in the top of the fourth to make it 6-0, but Barlow got a big response in the bottom of the fifth.
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