Barlow knocks out Sandy in Game 2
Thursday, May 2
Barlow's baseball team remained in contention for the Mount Hood Conference title with a convincing 10-2 home win over Sandy on Thursday night.
The Bruins scored clumps of runs across three straight innings to break the game open early.
Sandy struck first on Chandler Kue's ground ball in the second inning.
But Barlow responded in its next at-bats tying the score when Durham Sundberg sprinted home on a double steal. Teammate Kanyan Wallace brought across the winning runs with a line drive to right field.
The Bruins kept it going in the third inning with Titus Dumitru delivering a two-run double to center field. He scored two batters later on Carter Loeb's liner to right field for a 6-1 lead.
"We didn't put the bat on the ball in the first inning, but we picked up the energy after that and got more confident with our hitting," Dumitru said.
Barlow's biggest inning came next when Jaren Hunter smacked a single to center field to spark a two-out rally. Dumitru would draw a bases-loaded walk, while Cyle Calcagno and Loeb came up with back-to-back run-producing singles to secure the win.
The Pioneers went to the bullpen after the fourth inning.
"Colby (Carson) is a good pitcher, but we jumped on his fastball and knew if we could get a couple more hits going we could get him out of the game," Hunter said. "We scored a few runs and it spiraled from there."
Sandy managed only a pair of singles in the middle innings, while Barlow was expanding its lead.
Barlow starter Ben Zimmerman went the distance, striking out nine without issuing a walk.
The Bruins got three hits apiece from Loeb and Hunter.
"Tonight was huge. We know we have to win out to have a chance at the league title," Hunter said.
Barlow completed the series sweep over Sandy with an 8-1 road win Friday, led by Dumitru who went 3-for-3 with two RBIs. Pitchers Carson Jensen and Cole Peterson combined to strike out seven, while scattering four hits.
The Bruins ended the week tied with Central Catholic for second place in the MHC — one game behind Clackamas which is coming off a three-game sweep over the Rams.
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This story is slated for our Tuesday, May 7, print edition.