Sherwood has 10 hits on its way to getting a 10-5 win

by: DAN BROOD - GOING ALL OUT -- Sherwood senior catcher Margaret Gaither gives it everything she has as she attempts to catch a foul ball in Tuesday's game. CANBY — Hitting.

Base running.


The Sherwood High School softball team boasted it all.

And the Lady Bowmen got an impressive win to show for it.

Sherwood picked up its second straight victory on the early season by powering its way to a 10-5, five-inning win over Summit in a Canby Tournament game played Tuesday under windy conditions at Maple Street Park.

“We’re really starting to come together,” said Sherwood senior first baseman Hannah Zwieg, who had three hits, including a double, in the win. “I’m excited for the season. I think this season can be really good.”

by: DAN BROOD - SMACK -- Sherwood senior Hannah Zwieg had three hits in the Lady Bowmen's 10-5 win over Summit on Tuesday.“The girls are doing pretty good,” first-year Sherwood head coach Jodi Moore said. “They’ve been working hard in practice. We’ve had good team bonding, and they’re really coming together as a team.”

With the loss, Summit moved to 2-4 on the season to that point.

Sherwood, which scored a 6-2 win over Silverton to complete Monday play at the Canby Tournament, improved to 2-3 on the season at that point with the victory over Summit.

“Two in a row,” Moore said. “We’re excited about that.”

Sherwood, in Tuesday’s game, found itself facing an early deficit, as Summit’s Jacquiline Manley hit a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning, giving the Storm a quick 2-0 lead.

The Lady Bowmen battled back to tie the game in the top of the second inning. Zwieg got things going for Sherwood with a leadoff single to left field. She then moved all the way to third base on back-to-back wild pitches before scoring on an infield single by freshman Elizabeth Zook.

Zook then moved to third on consecutive groundouts by senior Margaret Gaither and junior Jolee Musselman. Zook then scored when senior Emma Muller reached base on a two-out infield single, tying the game at 2-2.

Sherwood then took charge with a big third-inning offensive attack.

Junior Grace McClain drew a leadoff walk to start the frame. Junior Alexandra Kuntz then struck out, but she reached first base on a wild pitch on strike three. McClain, who stole both second and third base, scored on a Summit throwing error on the play, giving the Lady Bowmen a 3-2 lead.

They didn’t stop there. An infield single by junior Kathryn Zook and a walk to Elizabeth Zook loaded the bases with one out. Gaither then came through with a single to right field, driving in both Kuntz and Kathryn Zook to push the Lady Bowmen lead to 5-2.

Elizabeth Zook scored later in the inning on a fielder’s choice grounder off the bat of Musselman to up the margin to 6-2.

Sherwood tacked on another run in the top of the fourth inning. Kathryn Zook laced a one-out single to left field and, in a heads-up base-running move, advanced to second base on an errant Summit throw back to the infield. Zook then scored on Zwieg’s single to left field, giving the Lady Bowmen a 7-2 advantage.

The opportunistic Lady Bowmen kept rolling in the top of the fifth inning. McClain again ignited a big inning, this time by hitting a one-out single to left field. She then proceeded to steal second base and she advanced to third base on a wild DAN BROOD - FIRE IT IN -- Sherwood freshman Elizabeth Zook throws a strike in Tuesday's win over Summit.

Kuntz followed with a walk and she also stole second base. McClain and Kuntz then both came around to score when Summit couldn’t handle Kathryn Zook’s double to left field, making the score 9-2.

Zwieg then blasted a long fly ball to deep left field, with the ball getting to the fence on one hop for an RBI double.

“I thought it had a chance,” Zwieg said of the possibility of the ball clearing the fence for a home run.

Still, she drove in Kathryn Zook to wrap up the scoring for the Lady Bowmen in their victory.

“We hit the ball well and were aggressive on the bases,” Moore said. “We saw some opportunities and took advantage of them.”

“We were able to string some hits together,” Zwieg said. “We’re definitely doing better with the bats.”

Sherwood, as a team, had 10 base hits in the victory. Zwieg helped lead the offensive attack, going 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, a run scored and two RBIs. Kathryn Zook went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Gaither went 2 for 3 with two RBIs. McClain had a hit, two walks, four stolen bases and two runs scored. Muller and Elizabeth Zook added one hit apiece.

Elizabeth Zook picked up the pitching victory. In five innings of work, she gave up five runs on five hits while striking out three and walking five. The Lady Bowmen played errorless defense behind her.

“I think we have a lot of potential,” Zwieg said. “I think we can rise up to challenge. We can be competitive. We need to keep working hard and to keep improving.”

Later on Tuesday, Sherwood was edged 2-0 by Barlow in a Canby Tournament contest.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action this upcoming Tuesday when they host Canby in a non-league game starting at 5 p.m.

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