Sherwood also has a large group of returnees this year

SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School softball team looks to have a lot of things going in its favor as the 2014 season is underway.

The Lady Bowmen have a large group of returning players. They boast plenty of team speed and, to go with that, there appears to be a strong work DAN BROOD - MAKING THE PLAYS -- Junior returnee Allie Kuntz will likely be at shortstop for the Lady Bowmen this season.

“Our outlook for this season is to be a competitive team,” first-year Sherwood head coach Jodi Moore said. “Our team was working hard in the weight room during the offseason. We will be continuing that work during the season to help with the whole aspect of the game.”

The Lady Bowmen returning plenty of players from last year’s varsity squad that finished in a tie for sixth place in the final Northwest Oregon Conference standings at 4-10 while going 6-20 on the season.

Among their returnees are three players who earned second-team all-NWOC honors in sophomore pitcher Emily Carlson, junior third baseman Katie Zook and senior first baseman Hannah Zweig.

Other returnees for the Lady Bowmen in the infield include senior second baseman Emma Muller, senior third baseman Riley Hopp, junior shortstop Allie Kuntz and junior second baseman Alex Newman.

In the outfield, Sherwood returns Hopp, senior Emily Barnes, Newman, junior Jolee Musselman, junior Grace McClain and junior Emily Krause.

Also returning are senior pitcher Amanda Dwornicki and sophomore pitcher Kaylee Smith.

Newcomers to the Lady Bowmen varsity include junior catcher Brisbane McDonald, senior catcher Maggie Gaither and freshman pitcher/outfielder Elizabeth Zook.

“We are looking at our seniors to lead our team both on and off the field,” Moore said. “We are lucky this year to have a larger pitching staff. They are working a lot with our catchers and our catching coach, Amie Rose. We have a number of girls that have speed on the bases, and we are hoping to take advantage of that.”

The Lady Bowmen are also looking to make some noise in the powerful NWOC this season.

“We are looking to be a force within our league,” Moore said. “With strong teams in the league, we have to just focus on each game at hand.”

On April 2, the Lady Bowmen posted a 6-3 win over Tigard in a non-league game played at Sherwood High School. On Friday, Sherwood fell 10-1 in a non-league game played at West Salem.

On Monday, the Lady Bowmen won 17-0 against McKay in a non-league tilt played at Sherwood High School. The win gives Sherwood a record of 4-6.

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