Sherwood gets win over Clackamas to move to title tilt

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - WINNING PITCHER -- Jared Urbach delivers a pitch in the first inning of Sherwood's 2-1 win over Clackamas Saturday in the losers' bracket final of the OIBA season-ending tournament. OREGON CITY — Saturday was a big day for Jared Urbach.

That night, he was scheduled to show his prize pig at the Washington County Fair.

But, before his pig took the stage out in Hillsboro, Urbach had some business to take care.

And, wow, did he ever take care of business.

Urbach, a Sherwood High School junior-to-be, had what could be called a prize-winning performance of his own, as he gave up just one unearned run over six and two-thirds innings of work, pitching the Bowmen to a 2-1 win over Clackamas in the losers’ bracket final of the Oregon Independent Baseball Association season-ending tournament, held Saturday at Oregon City High School.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - PICKOFF PLAY -- Sherwood first baseman Tommy Paul (right) reaches for the ball as a Clackamas runner dives back to the bag on a pickoff attempt.“I felt pretty good,” Urbach said after the win. “All of my pitches were working. I was just really pumped up today.”

“He was unbelievable,” Sherwood second baseman Dayton Vaughn said of Urbach.

With the loss, Clackamas saw its summer season come to an end. With the victory, Sherwood advanced to face Lake Oswego in the OIBA tournament championship game later on Saturday.

“That’s pretty crazy,” Vaughn said with a smile. “We showed up to play at the right time. Not many people expected this from us.”

“This is a pretty big win,” Urbach said. “Getting in the finals is really good.”

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - BIG SWING -- Sherwood's Lucas Adams takes a cut during the Bowmen's 2-1 win over Clackamas at the OIBA tournament.Urbach wasn’t there for the championship game, as he had to leave for the fairgrounds, but he sure made his mark in the win over Clackamas.

In his stint on the mound, he gave up just three hits while striking out three and walking one.

“This was fun,” he said. “I was mostly just excited. I like to be relaxed out there.”

Urbach may have been relaxed, as he seemingly threw strike after strike after strike, but the game definitely was intense.Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - AT SECOND -- Sherwood's Rich Hecker gets to second base during the victory over Clackamas.

In fact, Urbach and Clackamas’ Nick Kriska locked up in a pitchers’ duel early in the contest, with neither team being able to score in the first four innings of the contest.

But Sherwood, behind a couple of big hits, ended the scoreless string in the top of the fifth inning. Cameron Clem, a Sherwood junior-to-be, led off the frame with a triple to left-center field. Jacob Church, a Bowmen senior-to-be, followed that up with a triple of his own, belting the ball to the fence in left field and driving in Clem for the first run of the contest.

“Those were huge,” Vaughn said of the back-to-back triples.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - GOING FOR THREE -- Sherwood's Jacob Church rounds second base and heads to third for the second of back-to-back Bowmen triples in the team's win over Clackamas at the OIBA tournament.But, unfortunately for the Bowmen, they weren’t able to score again in the inning, leaving them with a 1-0 lead.

But they were able to up the margin to 2-0 with another run in the top of the sixth inning — doing all of their damage with two outs and the bases empty.

Zak Taylor was hit by a pitch to get things started. Tommy Paul followed with a double to left field, with Taylor moving to third base on the hit. Brendon Wexted then singled to left field, driving in Taylor to give the Bowmen their two-run advantage.

Sherwood carried its 2-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning, but that’s where things got real interesting.

Luke Burns, leading off the frame for Clackamas, reached base on a Sherwood error. One out later, Gabe Fisher reached base on a fielder’s choice grounder, with Burns being forced out at second.

Then, after Nathan Mumford singled, Jake Curey then doubled down the left-field line, driving in pinch-runner Casey Peterson to cut the Sherwood lead to 2-1.

Photo Credit: DAN BROOD - WE WIN -- The Bowmen celebrate following their 2-1 win over Clackamas Saturday at the OIBA tournament held at Oregon City.Curey’s double also put the potential tying run at third base, and the potential go-ahead run at second.

But Adley Rutschman, taking the mound for the Bowmen in relief at that point, struck out Drew Conaway to end the game and wrap up Sherwood’s 2-1 victory.

“I was pretty nervous,” Urbach said of the seventh-inning drama. “I wanted to finish the game, but it was good that Adley came in.”

Sherwood, as a team, had seven hits in the win, and the Bowmen tried to make the most out of them.

“We’ve been working on getting timely hitting,” Vaughn said. “That’s what competitive teams do.”

Taylor, Hekker, Clem, Church, Paul, Wexted and Vaughn had one hit apiece for Sherwood in the victory.

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