Jaren Hunter shuts down Raiders in opener
Mount Hood Conference
TROUTDALE — Barlow's baseball team came up with two big hits in the third inning and that proved to be all that starting pitcher Jaren Hunter would need to push the Bruins to an 8-1 win at Reynolds to start the Mount Hood Conference season Tuesday.
Barlow moved into the lead when Hunter helped himself by lifting an RBI-single over the glove of a leaping infielder to bring Kanyan Wallace in from second base. Moments later, Wilson Weber drilled an RBI-triple into the left-field corner for a 2-0 lead.
The Bruins killed a two-out rally before it could get started in the bottom of the third when Weber picked off a runner at first base.
Barlow got the bats going again in the fourth, putting its first four runners on base, including RBI-singles from Cyle Calcagno and Wallace to stretch the lead to 5-0.
The bottom half of the Bruins lineup combined to hit 4-for-14 (.286), while drawing six walks.
Hunter pitched into the seventh inning and finished with 12 strikeouts, while giving up only one hit.
Reynolds broke through for its only run in the bottom of the fourth on a fielder's choice by Ian Girtman. Hunter limited the damage by getting the last batter swinging to strand runners at second and third.
Spencer Verdieck went the distance on the mound for the Raiders, finishing with eight strikeouts.
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