The Lady Bowmen rally, but fall in rain-soaked contest

by: DAN BROOD - RUNNING THE BASES -- Sherwood junior Jolee Musselman slides safely to third base in the Lady Bowmen's game with Milwaukie.HAPPY VALLEY — A wet ball.

A wet field.

Soggy conditions.

It was just wet all over.

And, the Sherwood High School softball team may not have handled the challenging conditions as well as it hoped to.

But, the Lady Bowmen say, they'll be ready next time.

Sherwood, after rallying back from an early deficit, fell victim to Milwaukie's late rally, as it fell 8-5 to the Mustangs in a rain-soaked Northwest Oregon Conference game played April 23 at Hood View Park.

“That wasn't our best game,” Sherwood junior third baseman Katie Zook said after the contest. “We struggled. We had some problems with the rain. Hopefully, it will get better. I know we'll play better in the rain next time.”

With the win, Milwaukie improved to 1-3 in NWOC games and to 2-12 on the season to that point. Sherwood moved to 1-2 in conference play and to 5-9 on the season to that point with the setback.

“This definitely was a tough loss,” Sherwood coach Jodi Moore said. “We weren't able to string hits together, and that needed to happen. And we need to learn how to adjust to playing with a wet ball.”

The Mustangs, taking advantage of a pair of walks, an error and a passed ball, scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning to take a quick 1-0 lead.

The Lady Bowmen tried to answer back in the top of the second, getting a two-out triple by freshman Elizabeth Zook, but she was left stranded at third.

Milwaukie was able to strike again in the bottom of the frame. The Mustangs scored two runs in the inning, one coming on an RBI single by senior Kussaundra Stevenson, to jump out to a 3-0 lead.

Sherwood got one of those runs back in the top of the third inning. With one out in the frame, Lady Bowmen junior Jolee Musselman got all the way to third base when Milwaukie committed three throwing errors on her bunt. Musselman then scored on a sacrifice fly by Katie Zook to trim the margin to 3-1.

The run seemed to spark Sherwood, which continued its rally in the top of the fourth.

Elizabeth Zook walked to lead off the inning. Junior Alexandra Newman followed with a bunt single and senior Margaret Gaither singled to center field to load the bases with no outs.

Milwaukie looked like it might escape the jam unscathed, as Mustang relief pitcher Lydia Daschel-Lloyd got a fly-ball out and a fielder's choice grounder, with Elizabeth Zook being thrown out at home, for the first two outs of the frame.

by: DAN BROOD - SMACK -- Sherwood junior Grace McClain gets her bat on the ball during last week's game with Milwaukie.But Sherwood wouldn't be denied. With the bases loaded, Lady Bowmen junior Grace McClain was hit by a pitch, bringing in Newman to make the score 3-2. Sherwood got another run on a single by Katie Zook, tying the game at 3-3. Musselman then scored on a wild pitch to give the Lady Bowmen their first lead of the game, at 4-3.

“We just kept playing hard,” Katie Zook said.

Now, it was Milwaukie's turn to rally. The Mustangs, getting a double by freshman Sierra Lehman and scoring a pair of runs on a Sherwood error, scored four times in the bottom of the fifth inning to regain the lead at 7-4.

Sherwood got one of those runs back in the top of the sixth inning. Sophomore Emily Carlson hit a leadoff triple to left field and she ended up scoring on a groundout by McClain to trim the margin to 7-5. Milwaukie answered with a run in the bottom of the frame, making the score 8-5 going into the seventh inning.

Sherwood senior Hannah Zweig led off the top of the seventh with a ground-rule double to center field. But the Lady Bowmen weren't able to bring her in, leaving Milwaukie with an 8-5 win.

“We made some good plays, which were crucial,” Moore said. “And the girls kept battling.”

Sherwood, as a team, had eight base hits in the contest. Katie Zook went 2 for 3 at the plate with a pair of RBIs. Newman went 2 for 3 with a stolen base and a run scored. Elizabeth Zook, Gaither, Carlson and Zweig had one hit apiece.

“I think we've started the year off better this year,” Katie Zook said. “We've got some better players, and our pitching is coming along.”

Sherwood bounced back from the loss to get a 7-4 win over Wilsonville in a conference game played Friday at Wilsonville High School. On Monday, Sherwood fell 11-0 to Liberty.

On Tuesday, Sherwood fell 10-2 to conference powerhouse Sandy in a game played at Sandy High School.

Sherwood was scheduled to host Rex Putnam on Wednesday. Results of that game weren't available when The Times went to press.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action Friday when they host St. Helens at 5 p.m. On Tuesday, Sherwood will travel to Parkrose for a 5 p.m. contest.

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