Kentlake used a four-run third inning to take control, and outlasted Bellarmine Prep 6-3 in the Lions' district opener this morning at Sprinker Recreation Center.
Starting pitcher Leilei Robinson got the Falcons on the board with a two-run single in the third off Bellarmine starter Courtney Schwan. Regan Rudisill followed with a run-scoring groundout, and Crystal Knight's single to score Robinson made it 4-0. The Falcons made it 6-0 in the fourth on Kellie Nielsen's two-run triple to left center.
The Lions finally got on the board in the fifth when Rachel Sorensen reached on a one-out walk and came around to score on a single by Alexa Ostrander.
Rachel Barcena came on to relieve Schwan in the sixth, escaping a bases-loaded threat with no outs by striking out three batters in a row. Schwan and Barcena combined for 14 strikeouts in the game.
Barcena then drilled a triple to left center to score Alex DeStephano in the sixth and scored on a single by Ashlynn Ota to cut it to 6-3. But the Lions could get no closer, as they face a loser-out matchup this afternoon at 4 p.m. against the loser between Battle Ground and Emerald Ridge.