Crusaders slip past Barlow in first elimination game
Colton French singles to center field to bring in the winning run in the sixth inning.
OREGON CITY Jesuit came through under pressure Thursday afternoon to knock off Barlow 2-1 in an elimination game in the OIBA summer baseball playoffs.
The Crusaders pushed across the winning run in the sixth inning on an RBI-single to center field by Colton French.
Jesuit tagged the Royals with two quick outs in the seventh inning before Barlow put up one last fight. The Royals nearly tied the score on Houston Thoms drive over the fence, but the ball curved wide of the left-field foul pole before clearing the billboards. He grounded out to second baseman Tommy Kemp on the next pitch.
Down to its final out, Barlow kept up the fight with a single by Seth Carr followed by a full-count walk by Dru Fitz to put the tying run in scoring position. Jesuit escaped with the win after pulling down an infield pop-up in the final at-bat.
Jesuit went up 1-0 in the third inning and had a chance to break the game open in the fourth, but Royals pitcher Fitz struck out the last batter to leave the bases loaded.
Crusaders starter Christian Martinek gave up only two hits during his time on the mound, highlighting his day by striking out the side in the third inning.
Barlow tied the game in the bottom of the fifth when Thom sent a line-drive double down the third-base line that forced the left fielder to make a long sprint across the grass. Carr punched a bunt into a perfect spot on the left side of the infield, and everyone ended up safely on base without Jesuit attempting a throw.
Fitz connected on a fielders choice that brought Thom across home plate to knot the score at 1-1.