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Barlow maintains early lead to beat Centennial 5-1

SOFTBALL - Reynolds beats Hood River in 10 innings
by: David Ball, Barlow's Lauren Wilkerson watches a pitch go by during the Bruins' 5-1 win against Centennial on Thursday.

Barlow's softball team jumped in front in the first inning and relied on its defense to do the rest during a 5-1 win against Centennial on Thursday, April 5.

Lauren Wilkerson capped the early scoring burst with an RBI-single through the infield for a quick 2-0 lead.

Centennial made its final comeback attempt in the sixth inning when Michelle Tumbaga hit a lead-off single and stole her way around to third base. She crossed home plate two batters later on a deep shot to the center-field fence by teammate Dusty Sandstrom.

The Bruins put the game out of reach with two runs in the bottom of the sixth. Kristel Baeckel started the charge by drilling a lead-off single down the third-base line and scoring on a Centennial throwing error later in the inning.

'We didn't want them to get any confidence back,' Baeckel said. 'We had three runs, but we knew that we needed more.

• In other MHC action, David Douglas took advantage of seven Gresham errors for a 4-1 win. Deanna Breece hit an RBI-single into center field to score teammate Kelli Eubanks from third base and lift Reynolds past Hood River in 10 innings.

Extended softball coverage is published in the Saturday, April 7, issue of The Outlook.