Sherwood falls in tourney tune-up
SHERWOOD — It wasn't exactly the way the Sherwood OIBA baseball team wanted its final tune-up to go.
But, that's alright, the Bowmen said — they're ready to go.
Sherwood, in its final game before playing in the season-ending OIBA state tournament, fell 10-4 to Wilsonville in a non-league game played Monday at Sherwood High School.
"That's OK," Noah Beeks, a Sherwood High School junior-to-be, said following Monday's game. "We just have to pick up our focus and intensity."
"We treat non-league games a little differently," said Sherwood junior-to-be Anthony Garrett. "We'll be ready to go."
With the loss, Sherwood ended its regular-season schedule with a final overall record of 14-7.
"It's been going good," Garrett said of the summer season. "We've done a lot of winning."
The Bowmen, the No. 3 seed out of the Lolich Division, were scheduled to open the 16-team, single-elimination OIBA state tournament on Wednesday with a first-round game against West Linn, the No. 2 seed out of the Murphy Division, at Wilsonville High School.
"We have to show up like when we play West Linn, because that's who we're playing," Garrett said about facing the traditional powerhouse. "It we play like we can, we shouldn't have a problem with any team in the state."
"We have to come ready to play," Beeks said. "We're going to have to stay focused in the batter's box, and try not to get behind in the count."
The results of Sherwood's tourney opener with West Linn weren't available when the Times went to press. If the Bowmen were victorious in Wednesday's game, they'll face either Westview or Oregon City in a tournament quarterfinal game at 1 p.m. at Wilsonville High School.
"Our goal is to win it all," Beeks said.
Sherwood, in Monday's game with Wilsonville, grabbed a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
Beeks and Garrett both reached base to lead off the frame. Then, with one out, Beeks scored on a double by Jacob Matzat, giving the Bowmen a quick 1-0 lead.
Garrett then scored on a groundout by Ben Baxter. Sage Dunaway followed with a single to center field, plating Matzat to up the Sherwood lead to 3-0.
Wilsonville, taking advantage of a pair of walks, and a pair of Sherwood errors, scored four unearned runs in the top of the third inning to take a 4-3 lead.
Wilsonville then struck for four more runs in the top of the fourth inning, with the big hit of the frame being a three-run double by Cade Edmundson, to up the margin to 8-3.
Sherwood tried to answer back in the bottom of the fifth inning, as Takumi Kammerzell and Baxter drew back-to-back walks with two outs in the frame. But they were left stranded on base.
Meanwhile, Wilsonville, getting a two-run single by Edmundson in the top of the sixth inning, upped its lead to 10-3.
Sherwood, still fighting, got a run back in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Braden Thorn drew a leadoff walk, and he ended up scoring on Nic Garrison's two-out double to center field, making the final score 10-4.
Sherwood, as a team, had seven base hits in the contest. Beeks, Garrett, Matzat, Harrison Goyette, Garrison, Dunaway and Tommy Laido had one hit apiece.
Prior to Monday's game, Sherwood scored a 10-6 win over Putnam in a game played Sunday at Putnam High School.
Dunaway went 2 for 2 at the plate in that win, with a double, a home run, two runs scored and an RBI. Ryan Sandilands went 2 for 4, with a double, a triple and four RBIs.
Also for the Bowmen, Laido went 2 for 3, with a double, a run scored and a run batted in. Garrett went 2 for 4, with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI. Garrison went 2 for 2, with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Josh Felix scored a pair of runs.
Thorn picked up the pitching win. He gave up one unearned run on three hits, while striking out seven and walking none in four innings of work.
On Saturday, the Bowmen were swept by Lincoln in a doubleheader played at Sherwood High School.
Lincoln won the first game, 15-4 in five innings.
Riley Aggson doubled and scored a pair of runs for the Bowmen in that contest.
Lincoln won the second game 12-4. Baxter went 2 for 4 with a run scored in that game.
On Friday, Sherwood posted an 8-4 win over Columbia River, Wash., in a game played at Sherwood High School.
Laido went 2 for 4 with two RBIs in that game. Dunaway went 2 for 3. Baxter scored a pair of runs and Thorn drove in two.
Felix got the pitching win in relief.
The OIBA state tournament runs through Saturday at Wilsonville High School. The tourney semifinals will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, with the championship game to be played at 6:30 p.m.