The third-ranked Bruins are now 4-0 in conference play in games decided by two runs or less.

GRESHAM OUTLOOK: MATT RAWLINGS - Alexa Bailey scores the second run of the game for Barlow in the Bruins 4-3 victory over David Douglas.

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PORTLAND — Barlow is a team that relies heavily on the performance of their underclassmen. But when the Bruins needed a big hit in a crucial situation, it was a senior that came through in the clutch.

With the game tied 3-3 in the top of the eighth, Barlow's Nisha Khatewoda cranked a solo home run over the center field fence to give Barlow the 4-3 victory over David Douglas on Monday, keeping the Bruins in sole possession of first place in the Mount Hood Conference.

"That's what we've been doing all year," Barlow head coach Rob Gehrke said. "David Douglas is a hell of a team that can swing the bats really well, but Nisha came up big for us when we needed her."

Instead of going with Lexi Geary in the circle, the Bruins decided to give their star pitcher some rest and go with Lauren Bier on the mound.

It looked like David Douglas had a chance to break the game open in the bottom of the first. After Shalea Dailey opened up the game with an infield single, she eventually came into score on a RBI-single by Shayla Slossar to put the Scots up 1-0.

A hit from Jennifer Olivia-Lopez and a free pass issued Lindsay Keller had David Douglas in business with the bases loaded and just one out. But Bier got her act together and struck out the next two batters to get out of the jam.

Bier was excellent for the remainder of her outing as she didn't allow another hit until the fifth inning.

"People don't realize that Lauren is 8-1 this year. Sometimes, she's a forgotten girl on our staff because of Lexi, but Lauren is a great pitcher that has won us a lot of games this year," Gehrke said. "She know's how to battle."

The Bruins were able to get their pitcher some run-support thanks to a costly error by David Douglas in the top of the second. Sammie Pemberton led off the inning with a double and then scored moments later when Emily Virell reached on an error by the second baseman to tie the game at 1-1.

"I just keep going back to that first inning when we left the bases loaded and the second inning when we gave up the unearned run," David Douglas head coach Kelsey Stiff Said. "Our focus all season has been about playing good defense and not leaving runners on and that's what got us today."

Look for extended coverage in the May 11 print edition.

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