Lady Bowmen look to grow from setback
SHERWOOD — It wasn't a win.
It wasn't exactly very close.
But the Sherwood High School softball team still saw some positive signs, and the Lady Bowmen are hopeful that they continue to grow.
Sherwood, on Monday, fell 12-1 to David Douglas in six innings in a non-league game played at Sherwood High School.
"We battled," Sherwood coach Mikal Morris said after the contest. "We were more aggressive at the plate today. That was good. "We've only got two seniors, and we're still building."
"I thought it went pretty well," said Sherwood sophomore Olivia Dirks, who tripled and scored the Lady Bowmen run. "We struggled with our communication, but we're getting better. We just have to keep at it."
With the win, David Douglas improved to 6-3 on the season. Sherwood moved to 2-6 at that point with the setback.
"We just didn't get lucky with our hitting," Morris said. "And we had some players in some new positions (due to an appendicitis suffered by sophomore shortstop Jordyn Moullet-Dozier)."
David Douglas, getting an RBI double by senior Jennifer Oliva-Lopez in the top of the first inning, grabbed a quick 1-0 lead. The Scots then got a three-run home run from senior Sydney Wallstrum in the second inning to up the margin to 4-0.
Sherwood was able to strike back in the bottom of the second. Dirks got things going with a one-out triple to right field.
"I just stood in there, and I wanted to be aggressive," Dirks said. "I just swung, and it went."
Sherwood junior Sarah Lesch followed with a bloop single to left field, driving in Dirks from third base to make the score 4-1.
But the Lady Bowmen weren't able to get any closer.
David Douglas got three more runs in the top of the third, two coming in off a bloop single by senior Makaya Combs. The Scots, getting a solo home run by Oliva-Lopez in the top of the fourth, then scored two more in the fourth to make the score 9-1.
David Douglas then plated one run in the fifth inning and two more in the sixth to wrap up the 12-1 victory.
Sherwood had two hits in the contest, Dirks' triple and the RBI single by Lesch. Lady Bowmen senior Emily Watson drew a pair of walks and sophomore Emily Knott walked once.
Sherwood had some strong defensive play throughout the contest, especially from sophomore Ema Kessler, who started the game at shortstop, and from Knott, who started at second base and moved to shortstop.
Dirks, in addition to scoring the only Sherwood run, pitched strong in relief, giving up just one earned run, on three hits, while striking out one and walking one in two-and-a-third innings of work.
"We've got a lot of young players," she said. "If we bond, I think we can become strong."
For David Douglas, Combs had three hits, while Oliva-Lopez and Wallstrum each had two.
Sherwood, on Tuesday, lost 8-4 at home against Reynolds in a non-league game. Knott went 2 for 4 with a triple, a run scored and two RBIs in that game. Junior Josie Reid went 2 for 4 and Dirks added a triple.
The Lady Bowmen will be back in action on Friday, when they travel to Hermiston for a 4 p.m. non-league game. On Saturday, Sherwood will play at Hood River Valley in a non-league game starting at noon. Sherwood will open its Three Rivers League state Wednesday with a 5 p.m. game at Canby.