Sherwood answers back, answers big
SHERWOOD — After watching Sprague score three runs in the top of the first inning, the Sherwood High School softball team was looking to respond.
Well, the Lady Bowmen didn't waste any time coming up with their response — and they didn't slow down after that.
Sherwood, smacking first pitch after first pitch, scored seven runs in the bottom of the first inning and didn't look back on its way to scoring a 22-5, five-inning win over the Olympians in a non-league game played Monday at Sherwood High School.
"That was definitely something we needed to happen," said Sherwood junior Jordyn Moullet-Dozier, who scored three runs in the victory. "We really deserved this win. We played hard, we played good defense and we especially had some good offense. We did a lot better with our hitting."
"I thought we did great today," said Sherwood sophomore McKenzie Abiley, who hit a two-run home run. "It's really important to be able to string together hits, and we did really well at that today. We knew that we just needed to play our game, no matter what."
With the loss, Sprague moved to 6-12 on the season. The Lady Bowmen improved their season record to 7-13, at that point, with the victory.
"I felt like this was really important," Abiley said. "We have our good days and our bad days. There are always some really good teams out there, and, no matter who we're playing, we need to keep it together."
Sprague, getting back-to-back RBI singles by sophomore Abigail Wilcox and freshman Carley Schlag, scored three runs in the top of the first inning of Monday's game. But the Olympians' lead turned out to be very short-lived.
Sherwood junior Emily Knott, leading off the bottom of the frame, hit the first pitch she saw to left field for a double. Abiley then hit the very next pitch over the fence in left field for a two-run home run, her first of the season, to quickly cut the Sprague lead to 3-2.
"I was definitely looking for that first pitch," Abiley said. "We knew it would be in our zone. We wanted to be aggressive. As soon as I rounded first, I looked, and I knew it went out. It felt really good to help my team in that way, no matter what it was."
The Lady Bowmen kept rolling from there. Moullet-Dozier drew a walk, stole second base and then scored on a single by junior Ema Kessler. Junior Olivia Dirks followed with a first-pitch line-drive single to center field, plating Kessler. Then, after freshman Ary Koskey drew a walk, freshman Lauren Garrison hit a first-pitch single to left field, driving in Dirks to make the score 5-3.
Koskey scored later in the inning on a wild pitch, and Garrison also scored on a throwing error on the play, capping off Sherwood's big first inning, and making the score 7-3.
"It was really important to pick your team up after something like that," Moullet-Dozier said, referring to the 3-0 deficit. "It shows that we're able to pick ourselves up."
Sherwood got another run in the bottom of the second, when Moullet-Dozier drew a leadoff walk and ended up scoring on a groundout by Dirks. The Lady Bowmen then got six more runs in the bottom of the third, upping their lead to 14-4, with the big hit of the frame being a two-run double by Dirks.
After Sprague got a run in the top of the fourth inning, making the score 14-5, Sherwood all but put the game away by scoring eight times in the bottom of the frame.
Abiley opened the big inning with a leadoff double to left field. She then scored on a slap single by Moullet-Dozier.
Later in the inning, Kessler drew a walk and Dirks followed with a single to center field. They both would score when Koskey tripled to right-center field, upping he lead to 17-5 at that point. Junior Morgan Hodge had an RBI single later in the frame and Abiley doubled in two more runs, helping the Lady Bowmen wrap up their 22-5 victory.
"I thought this was really fun, being out here together," Abiley said.
"We've had a lot more team bonding lately," Moullet-Dozier said. "We have more of a connection. We've been a lot more focused on the positive."
Sherwood, as a team, pounded out 17 hits in the victory.
Abiley went 3 for 4 at the plate with a home run, two doubles, four runs scored and two RBIs. Dirks went 3 for 4 with a double, three runs scored and four RBIs. Moullet-Dozier went 2 for 3 with a double, three stolen bases, three runs scored and two RBIs. Garrison went 2 for 3 with three runs scored and three RBIs. Knott went 2 for 5 with a double, three runs scored and an RBI. Senior J.J. Pringle had a pair of hits. Kessler scored two runs and drove in a pair. Koskey scored three times and drove in two runs.
"When one person gets going, it's kind of like a chain reaction," Moullet-Dozier said of the hitting attack.
Dirks picked up the pitching win. She gave up five runs (one earned) on nine hits, while striking out one and walking one.
On Tuesday, Sherwood fell 10-0 to Newberg in a Pacific Conference game played at Sherwood High School. The loss give the Lady Bowmen a 2-5 conference record, while Newberg improved to 6-1.
Sherwood will be back in action on Friday, when it hosts Liberty in a conference game starting at 5 p.m. at Sherwood High School.