Sherwood gets win, redemption against Wolves
SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School baseball team still felt the sting of a previous loss to Tualatin.
And the Bowmen wanted to do something about it.
Well, with some strong hitting, defense and a standout performance from senior Riley Aggson on the mound, Sherwood got the redemption it was looking for.
The Bowmen, who fell 6-1 to the Timberwolves in the first game of their two-game Three Rivers League series, rebounded to get a 6-0 victory over Tualatin in the second game of the series, played last Thursday at Sherwood High School.
"It's huge, because they took it to us last time," said Sherwood senior catcher Hayden Gilbert, who hit a three-run home run in the victory. "Yeah, that was big-time motivation."
"Oh this is huge, especially to get the split," said Aggson, who threw a complete-game four-hitter. "We needed this win a lot."
With the victory, combined with a 12-0 home victory over Newberg on Friday, Sherwood improved to 7-1 in TRL play (12-3 overall), putting the Bowmen in first place in the league standings.
"It's anyone's game. Anyone can show up and win. That's what's great about this league, anyone can show up and beat anybody," Aggson said.
Tualatin moved to 4-3 in TRL games (9-5 overall) at that point with the setback.
Aggson, in the victory, looked to be in control from the start of the game. In his seven inning of work, where he needed 92 pitches, he struck out 10 and walked none.
"I felt great, from start to finish," Aggson said. "I felt like I was locating well and go the calls. I felt good. The change-up today was working pretty good. It's been off and on all season, but today it felt pretty good."
Still, going into the bottom of the third inning, the Bowmen found themselves locked up in a scoreless tie with the Timberwolves. But that's where Sherwood was able to break through.
Junior Sage Dunaway led off the inning with a single to right field. One out later, senior Bryce Vaughn reached base on a fielding error. Junior Anthony Garrett then walked, loading the bases with one out.
Dunaway then scored the game's first run on a sacrifice fly by senior Jacob Matzat.
Gilbert followed with his home run over the fence in left field, upping the lead to 4-0.
"I wasn't swinging for it, but I still got it," he said. "I just saw the ball. It felt pretty good."
"Hayden Gilbert with the home run, that was a game-changer," Aggson said.
Tualatin, trying to battle back, got a leadoff single by senior Colby Jackson in the top of the fourth inning. Jackson moved to second base on a balk call, but Aggson put the next three batters down in order.
The Bowmen then scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth, doing all of there damage after there were two outs and the bases empty. Dunaway drew a walk to get things started. Junior Tyler Hix followed with a single to center field. Vaughn then singled in Dunaway to make the score 5-0. Hix would then score on a wild pitch to push the margin to 6-0.
The Wolves, fighting to the end, got a two-out double by senior Kaden Cook in the top of the seventh inning. But Aggson coaxed a fly-ball out to right field to end the game, wrapping up the Bowmen's 6-0 win.
"This was a blast," Aggson said. "It was probably one of my favorite games."
"We wanted to take it to them from the start," Gilbert said. "It hurt to lose the first one."
Hix went 2 for 3 at the plate for Sherwood. Dunaway, Vaughn, Gilbert and senior Nic Garrison had one hit apiece. Sherwood also played errorless defense in the win.
"(Senior shortstop) Anthony Garrett, oh man, he made so many amazing plays," Aggson said. "I couldn't have done this without him."
For Tualatin, Cook, senior Chris Freese, Colby Jackson and senior Cole Kinman each had one hit.
Cook, pitching the first four innings, gave up six runs (two earned) on four hits, while striking out six and walking three. Senior Jack Olson threw the final two innings, giving no runs on two hits.
On Friday, Sherwood scored a 12-0 home win over Newberg. Matzat, junior Braden Thorn and senior Joshua Felix combined to throw the shutout for the Bowmen. Matzat, pitching the first five innings, gave up three hits, while striking out six and walking one.
Garrett helped lead the offensive attack, going 3 for 5 at the plate with two runs scored and two RBIs. Garrison went 2 for 2 with a double, two runs scored and two RBIs. Aggson went 2 for 4 with a run scored and two RBIs. Dunaway drove in two runs and senior Takumi Kammerzall scored twice.
Tualatin, on Friday, fell 5-0 at home against Lake Oswego.
Both teams will open three-game league series on Tuesday. Sherwood will be home to face Lake Oswego at 5 p.m. and Tualatin will play at Newberg at 5 p.m. On Wednesday, Tualatin will host Newberg and Sherwood will travel to Lake Oswego for 5 p.m. games.