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Tigard softball team strikes quick in win at Sherwood

The Tigers overcome a lightning delay on their way to getting a 6-1 victory

DAN BROOD - Tigard High School sophomore Sarah Moss gives the ball a ride during the Tigers' game at Sherwood. Tigard came away with a 6-1 victory. SHERWOOD — The Tigard High School softball team struck quickly.

And then the lightning struck.

But not even that could bring down the Tigers.

Tigard, after taking control of its game with Sherwood, had to endure a 30-minute lightning delay before getting back into action, and wrapping up a 6-1 win over the Lady Bowmen in a Three Rivers League game played last Thursday at Sherwood High School.

"It's been crazy," Tigard junior infielder Caroline Riggs said of the spring weather, which included last Thursday's lightning strike.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood sophomore Josie Reid gets ready to fire in a pitch during Sherwood's game with Tigard."It was a little frustrating, having to go back to the bus (during the lightning delay)," Tigard sophomore shortstop Maddie Hoover said. "But it was all good."

With the win, Tigard improved to 9-1 in league play, and to 16-4 on the season to that point.

"It went really well," Hoover said of the victory. "It was a good team effort. We put all of the pieces together — fielding, pitching and hitting."

With the setback, Sherwood moved to 1-9 in TRL games and to 1-19 on the season to that point.

"We're just not hitting right now," Sherwood junior outfielder Lexi Gribble said. "But we're in every game. We seem to always have one inning where, if we clean it up, then it's good."

Tigard got off to a fast start in last Thursday's game.

DAN BROOD - The Tigard High School softball team, including Maddie Hoover (6), Ashley Davis (center) and Caroline Riggs are all smiles following the win at Sherwood.Hoover, batting in the leadoff spot for the Tigers, hit the first pitch of the contest into left field for a double. Tigard sophomore Sarah Moss, batting in the No. 2 spot, singled on the very next pitch, driving in Hoover to give the Tigers a quick 1-0 advantage in the top of the first inning.

Tigard struck for another run in the top of the third inning.

Hoover again got things started with another leadoff double to left field. Hoover would move to third base on a one-out groundout by freshman Emily Paulson, and then score on junior Ashley Davis' two-out single to left field, giving Tigard a 2-0 lead.

Tigard tacked on another run in the top of the fourth inning.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood freshman Jordyn Moullet-Dozier (right) slides home safely during the Lady Bowmen's game with Tigard.Freshman Elli Dardis got things rolling with a leadoff infield single. Two outs later, Riggs doubled to the gap in right-center field, driving in Dardis to up the margin to 3-0.

The Lady Bowmen answered back in their half of the fourth.

Sherwood freshman Jordyn Moullet-Dozier led off the frame with a slap single to left field. Tigard then committed an error on a grounder by Gribble, putting runners on first and second with no outs. The runners then each moved up a base on a sacrifice bunt by freshman Morgan Hodge.

Sherwood freshman Olivia Dirks followed with an infield single, driving in Moullet-Dozier, cutting the Tigard lead to 3-1.

But the Tigers wouldn't let Sherwood get any closer, adding on a run in the top of the fourth inning. Moss, Paulson and Davis all singled to lead off the frame, loading the bases with no outs.

Two outs later, Tigard freshman Katelyn Erickson singled to left field, driving in Moss to up the Tiger lead to 4-1.

DAN BROOD - Tigard third baseman Abby Soderquist gets under the ball during the Tigers' game at Sherwood.Tigard then added two more run in the top of the sixth inning. Riggs drew a walk to lead off the frame, and Hoover followed with a double to left field, with Riggs moving to third base on the hit.

Then, with two outs in the inning, following a sliding catch by Dirks, who was pitching in relief for the Lady Bowmen, Sherwood committed a fielding error on a grounder hit by Davis. Riggs and Hoover both scored on the play, upping the lead to 6-1.

After a scoreless sixth inning, play was halted, right before the seventh inning started, due to a lightning strike in the distance.

Sherwood got a one-out single by junior Emily Watson with one out in the bottom of the seventh, but Tigard was able to close out the 6-1 victory.

DAN BROOD - Sherwood junior Lexi Gribble takes a swing during the Lady Bowmen's game with Tigard."Ashley (Davis) has been pitching great," Riggs said. "And our bats were on."

Tigard, as a team, pounded out 12 hits in the victory.

Hoover led the offensive attack, going 3 for 4 at the plate, with three doubles and three runs scored. Riggs went 2 for 2 with a double, a walk, one run scored and one RBI. Moss went 2 for 4 with a run scored and an RBI. Davis went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Dardis had a hit and scored a run and Erickson had a hit and drove in a run.

Davis, pitching all seven innings for the Tigers, gave up one unearned run on four hits, while striking out 13 and walking none.

For Sherwood, sophomore Josie Reid, Moullet-Dozier, Dirks and Watson each had one hit. Reid and Dirks, pitching for the Lady Bowmen, combined to strike out five Tigard batters, and walk one.

"We're young, and we're learning," Gribble said. "But we're competing."

Sherwood, on Monday, fell 7-0 to West Linn in a league game played at Sherwood High School. On Tuesday, the Lady Bowmen lost 12-9 against Lake Oswego in a league game played at Sherwood.

Sherwood was scheduled to host Tualatin on Wednesday. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press. The Lady Bowmen will finish their league schedule on Friday, when they face Tigard in a league game starting at 5 p.m. at Tigard High School.