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Bruins' bats come alive in the second inning, put up 13 runs against winless Scots

PMG PHOTO: ANGEL ROSAS  - Barlow senior Zach Maynard goes deep in the second inning with a home run in the Bruins' 13-0 win against David Douglas. Notching their third win in league play, the Bruins dispatched a struggling David Douglas 13-0 in their Friday, April 22, afternoon matchup.

The Scots pitching struggled to find any semblance of a strike zone, while their infield and outfielders had trouble with routine plays and catches. The Bruins took advantage of every mistake David Douglas made to add to their lead, but it was the Barlow bats in the top of the second that gave the Bruins their demanding lead.

Alonzo Gonzalez was on the mound for David Douglas. Although the starter had gotten out of the first inning only allowing one run, the Bruin batters were able to adjust and get on top of pitches entering the top of the second.

Barlow's Ethan Hendrix started off the festivities with a lead-off single to get on base. Hendrix wouldn't have to wait long to touch home plate as senior Zach Maynard went a yard to bring in two runs. The hitting would continue with a bunt from Yamato Uptegrove, a sac fly from Sam Weber, a triple from Ethan Jones, a double from Tyson Roupp and concluded with singles from Ransom Lorenzen, Hendrix and Zach Groza.

By the end of the second inning, Barlow's hitting derby put the team ahead 7-0. "We were a lot more disciplined on the plate today," said Barlow head coach Brady Burdick, "We were more selective with the pitches we wanted to attack and were able to drive some baseballs into the gap. It was fun to see the bats come alive."

On the mound to start the game for the Bruins was senior Luke Anderson. Anderson wouldn't allow a run in his two innings of work. Barlow went to its bullpen to finish out the game with Alex Lopez, Micah Ackerman and Weber each taking a frame of work on the mound, while also keeping the Scots scoreless.

"We wanted to use today as a bullpen day to get guys fresh for next week," Burdick said. "We have four games next week against three different opponents who are all playing really well right now."

The Bruins go into their next game with a 5-3 league record and are fourth in the Mt. Hood Conference, just behind Gresham High School. The Bruins will welcome Nelson High School (3-2) for a home game at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

The Scots will continue their search for their first win as they head to Centennial High School at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 28.

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