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MHC BASEBALL: Barlow keeps itself in the title chase by taking all three against Sandy

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandys Quinnton Reilly rounds first base with a hit during the Pioneers 10-2 loss in Game 2 of the series Thursday.

Thursday, May 2

Team Score
Barlow Bruins
Sandy Pioneers

GRESHAM — Sandy's baseball team held the upper hand early, but could not sneak out a win against Mount Hood Conference contender Barlow during a 10-2 road loss Thursday night.

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."

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Sandy reliever Connor Rasmor fires a throw during Thursdays game at Barlow.

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.

"We know we have to win out to have a chance at the league title," Hunter said.

Barlow finished the series sweep with an 8-1 win in Sandy on Friday, taking the lead with a pair of runs in the first inning.

Sandy broke up the shutout in the fourth inning on Trent Hoyle's line-drive to right field that plated Brendan McAra, who would move into scoring position twice more but be denied another trip home. He hit a two-out single in the fifth, but a fly out stranded him at third base. McAra doubled to left field with two outs in the seventh, but again was left at third on a strikeout.

Despite the winless week, Sandy (9-14) remains the top wildcard contender out of the MHC, starting this week by holding down the final at-large spot into the 6A playoffs.

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This story is slated for our May 8, print edition.

— - MHC baseball & softball

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