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Late-inning surge lands Bruins a win

THE OUTLOOK: DAVID BALL - Barlows Meagan Bratcher puts on the brakes halfway to home plate on a play that would see her come across with the go-ahead run in the fifth inning.

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Barlow senior Meagan Bratcher knew exactly what she was doing when she stopped dead in her track half-way down the third-base line with the game in the balance Wednesday night.

Deadlocked 3-3 in the fifth inning, Bratcher got on base with a single to left field. She worked her way around to third with two outs. Teammate Tori Camp put a bouncer in play on the infield. Bratcher broke for home, but put on the brakes halfway to the plate. It was enough to prompt a throw to the catcher, allowing Camp to get to first unchallenged.

That left Bratcher in no man’s land in front of the Bruins’ dugout. She took a hard step back toward third base, which prompted a throw down the line from an Eagles team looking to end the inning. The moment the ball left the catcher’s hand, Bratcher twisted back around and dived headfirst across home plate for the go-ahead run.

“I saw them make a similar throw on a previous play, so I kept my eye on their catcher in case I got the chance,” Bratcher said.

Centennial put the tying run on base in the sixth inning, but Barlow’s Allison Rodriguez made a backhand stop down the third-base line for the third out to protect the lead.

Barlow added what would prove to be the winning run in the bottom of the sixth when Alexa Bailey looped a shot past the right fielder for a stand-up triple. Two batters later, Rian Snowadski hit an RBI-double off the center-field wall to put Barlow up 5-3.

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