The senior has been on four state championship teams

by: DAN BROOD - BIG-GAME BALFOUR -- Sherwood senior Joseph Balfour, who has played on four state-championship Bowmen teams, had three hits and picked up the save in Saturday’s Class 5A championship game. KEIZER — Joseph Balfour knows something about state championships.

After all, back on Dec. 1, he helped the Sherwood High School football team score a 46-20 win over Marist in the Class 5A state championship game held at Hillsboro Stadium.

That victory marked the third time that Balfour has played for a state title-winning Sherwood team.

And, that night, as he was getting ready to walk off the rain-soaked Hillsboro Stadium turf, Balfour had one last thing to say.

“Just wait until baseball season,” he said with a smile.

Of course, Balfour turned out to be quite prophetic.

That’s because, this past Saturday, Balfour helped the Bowmen baseball squad down Bend 11-4 in the Class 5A state championship game played at Volcanoes Stadium. That gives Balfour four team state championships at Sherwood — two in football and, now, two in baseball.

“We kept our word,” Balfour said with a smile on Saturday as he looked back on his comment following the football state championship contest.

As a sophomore, Balfour was a member of the Sherwood football team that scored a 26-23 overtime victory over Marist in the 2010 state championship football season. That spring, Balfour started in the outfield for the Bowmen baseball team that scored a 6-2 win over Wilsonville in the 2011 state championship game.

“Being a part of four state championship teams is really special,” said Balfour, who had three base hits in addition to picking up the save on the mound in Saturday’s baseball title tilt. “Not many people get the opportunity to do that. I was a part of some really good teams.”

“It’s a Balfour tradition,” Sherwood baseball coach Jon Strohmaier said. “Back in 2010, after they won the football state championship, Michael Balfour came up to me and said ‘let’s get another one in baseball season.’”

Actually, it looks like it’s becoming a Sherwood tradition.

There were 10 players on the state championship Bowmen baseball squad — seniors Anthony Sherwood, Cyrus Mooney, Balfour, Logan Ballarché, Alex Barzee and Joseph Chamberlain; juniors Spencer Clay, Keegan Lawrence and Jake Reimer and sophomore Zak Taylor — who were part of last fall’s football state championship team.

“After we won in football, we wanted to get one for baseball, too,” said Barzee, who drove in four runs in Saturday’s baseball title game.

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