Gophers topple in the first round of playoff baseball
Despite Gresham's three run first inning, Sherwood closed the gap and brought an end to the Gopher's postseason hopes on Monday, May 23. Sherwood won 4-3.
The Gresham bats got hot early with a two-out double from Austin Stalwick that scored Casey Julkowski who reached first base on a walk.
A triple to deep right-center field from Zack Kaufman brought in Stalwick and put the Gophers up by two.
A wild pitch from Sherwood's Ian Umlandt would bring Kaufman home. Kaufman's score would be last run Gresham would score in the game.
Sherwood scored a run in the fifth, two in the sixth and took the lead in the seventh for the win.
"Overall, we were very pleased with team's performance. We played a very good team that is well coached," said Gresham head coach Matt Smallwood. "We competed well and put ourselves in a position to win and advance, but in the end, we weren't able to score any runs after that first inning."
Umlandt led things off on the pitcher's mound for Sherwood. The senior surrendered three runs on two hits in his six innings of work, striking out 15.
Stalwick started on the mound for Gresham. Stalwick went five innings, allowing one run on three hits and striking out five. Owen Cummins threw one and two-thirds innings in relief out of the bullpen.
Wieg led Sherwood with two hits in three at bats. Sherwood didn't commit a single error in the field. Liam Kliever had the most chances in the field with 17.
Stalwick and Kaufman each had one hit and one RBI to lead Gresham. "We are very proud of the boys on a great season," Smallwood said. "They competed and played well all year and have nothing to hang their heads about."
The Gophers finished with a league record of 10-6 and sat in fourth place in the Mt. Hood Conference.
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