Barlow collapses down the stretch
Mount Hood Conference
Barlow looked to be right on the cusp of victory in the latter stages of the game.
Then, the seventh inning happened.
With the game tied 3-3, the Bruins gave up four runs in the top of the seventh. Barlow would eventually lose to third-ranked Clackamas by a score of 7-4 on Friday night as the Cavs completed the three-game series sweep.
Barlow falls to 10-5 in Mount Hood Conference play with the loss.
"We had our opportunities," Barlow head coach Scott Hunter said. "We capitalized on a few of them, but we also had some big opportunities that we didn't capitalize on both defensively and offensively…When your giving leadoff walks and giving free passes to guys, the game can turn on us."
Bruins starting pitcher Stuart Weber gave up leadoff walks in the first and second innings, and both times it came back to bite him. A RBI-single by Greg Mehlhaff in the top of the first and a RBI-hit by Ryan McDonald in the top of the second gave the Cavs the early 2-0 advantage.
"I made more mistakes than I would have liked to," Weber said. "I lost my groove here and there and gave up some early walks that came around to score. If I would have changed that, I feel like we would have won."
Weber would go onto pitch scoreless frames in the third and fourth innings, but Clackamas would get another run of the senior right-hander in the fifth to take a 3-0 lead.
Offensively, Barlow was stifled through the first four innings of this one as Clackamas pitcher Tucker Grote only gave one hit though the first four frames. However, the momentum would completely shift as the game entered the bottom of the fifth.
Grote surrendered back-to-back walks to Tyler Ostgarden and Jaren Hunter to start the inning. Even though Cyle Calcagno popped up his sacrifice bunt attempt on the next at-bat, both runners moved into scoring position on a passed ball moments later.
It looked like Grote was going to get out of the inning when he struck out Caden Jensen, but with two outs and down 0-2 in the count, Tyler Loeb hit a bloop single to left field to score both Ostgarden and Hunter to cut the Cavs lead to 3-2.
"I was sitting on a slider because (Grote) wasn't commanding his fastball that well," Loeb said. "I was looking for the off-speed pitch the whole at-bat."
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