Sherwood has 3 other players earn Class 5A all-state honors

by: DAN BROOD - TOP HURLER -- Sherwood's Riley Moore was named the Class 5A Pitcher of the Year. SHERWOOD — It’s easy to say that Riley Moore had quite a baseball career at Sherwood High School.

Moore, who graduated from Sherwood High School back in June, came up big for the Bowmen, especially the past two seasons.

As a junior, Moore finished off a brilliant postseason run by pitching Sherwood to a win over Bend in the Class 5A state championship game.

This past spring, as a senior, Moore was at it again, as he was named the Northwest Oregon Conference Pitcher of the Year while also helping lead the Bowmen to the semifinal round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

Moore capped off the season, and he Bowmen career, by being named the Class 5A Pitcher of the Year, while also earning first-team All-State honors for the season straight year.

“That’s a great honor for Riley,” Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said of the Pitcher of the Year award. “If you look at the numbers, the past two years he’s been the most dominant pitcher in 5A.”

For his senior season, Moore, who will play college baseball at St. Martin’s University in Lacey, Wash., had a 10-1 win-loss record with a 0.83 earned-run average. In 67 2/3 innings of work, he allowed just 36 hits while striking out 101 batters and walking 23.

“When he was on, he was lights out,” Strohmaier said. “And when he was off, he was still pretty darn good. He’s that kind of competitor.”

Bowmen junior Zak Taylor earned second-team Class 5A all-state honors as a pitcher. Taylor put together a 7-0 record with a 1.17 ERA. He gave up 37 hits while striking out 50 batters and walking only five in 42 innings pitched.

Taylor, who mainly played at catcher when he wasn’t pitching, also had a big year at the plate, hitting for a .355 batting average with nine doubles and two home runs.

by: DAN BROOD - BIG SWING -- Sherwood senior Travis Kotowski was a second-team Class 5A all-state selection as a first baseman. Sherwood senior Travis Kotowski earned second-team all-state honors as a first baseball. Kotowski led the Bowmen with three home runs and 31 RBIs for the season. He also hit for a team-best .417 average with 15 runs scored and a pair of doubles.

Sherwood sophomore Adley Rutschman was a second-team all-state pick as an infielder.

Rutschman, who mainly played at third base for the Bowmen, hit for a .383 average with a team-high 36 hits in 94 at-bats. He also had six doubles and team-high 27 runs scored.

Rutschman also had a .977 fielding percentage, committing just three errors in 129 total chances.

Crescent Valley senior Tanner Sanders was named the Class 5A Player of the Year and Ryan Starwalt, also from Crescent Valley, was tabbed the Class 5A Coach of the Year.

For Class 5A softball, Pendleton junior Darian Lindsey was named the Player of the Year.

Hood River Valley senior Kayla Byers was selected as the Pitcher of the Year and Pendleton’s Tim Cary was tabbed the Coach of the Year.

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