PORTLAND, Ore. — A day that began with four teams tied at 9-4 on top of the Mt. Hood Conference, ended with just one familiar champion.
The Barlow Bruins defeated the Clackamas Cavaliers 11-8 in eight innings on Friday night, and with the help from a few other teams, won its third straight league championship.
Barlow entered the week with a 7-4 league record, two games behind Clackamas, who had won its previous six games. It seemed Friday night’s game would have little significance on the Mt. Hood Conference title.
The Bruins swept through the week, pulling off three wins. They defeated Central Catholic, 6-5, on Monday and Reynolds, 8-4, on Wednesday before prevailing in extra innings on Friday night.
Meanwhile, Clackamas surprisingly dropped its first two games of the week, losing to Oregon City 3-2 and Gresham 4-3, to set up Friday night’s chaos.
Barlow and Clackamas weren’t the only teams entering the night tied for first place in the Mt. Hood Conference. Oregon City, who had won four in a row entering Friday, and Centennial were also 9-4 and needing a win to clinch share of the league crown.
The Pioneers dropped a heart-breaker to Gresham, 3-2, in 10 innings. Centennial continued its end-of-season skid, losing four of its final six games, after falling short, 7-6, to Central Catholic.