Sherwood starts fast and wins big
SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School baseball team was a bit upset.
And the Bowmen took it out on Liberty — in a big way.
Sherwood, after dropping the first game of their Pacific Conference three-game series with the Falcons 8-0 on April 30, bounced back to win the second game 8-2 on May 1, before blasting its way to a 10-0- victory over Liberty in the third game, played Friday at Sherwood High School.
"It went well," said Sherwood senior Anthony Garrett, who pitched six shutout innings in Friday's game. "We kind of got kicked in the teeth the first game. We punched back the second game, and we were just a little bit hot coming into the third game, and we felt pretty good."
"It went pretty good," said Sherwood sophomore Jackson Hannan, who had three hits in the win. "We came out here ready to play, and we jumped on them early. That's really important for us."
With the loss, Liberty moved to 3-9 in Pacific Conference play (6-14 overall), putting the Falcons in a tie with Newberg for fourth place in the league standings. Sherwood improved to 9-3 in conference play with the win (14-7 overall), putting the Bowmen in third place in the conference standings, trailing Century and McMinnville, who are both 13-2.
Sherwood still controls its destiny in regard to the conference championship, as it will finish the conference season with a three-game series against Century this week, followed by a three-game series with McMinnville next week.
"We'll be looking to jump on them early, like we did today," Garrett said. "We just need to stay focused in practice the next couple days and try to get a few against Century, and a few against McMinnville, and see how it goes."
Sherwood definitely jumped out on Liberty in Friday's contest, scoring seven runs in the bottom of the first inning.
"That's huge," Garrett said. "It's nice to get some runs in the first innings, and seven runs is always good to pitch behind. After that, it's really easy to focus on just throwing strikes."
Bowmen freshman Ian Umlandt got the big inning started with a leadoff bloop double to left field. Senior Sage Dunaway then drew a walk. One out later, and after a double steal, Garrett drove in Umlandt with the first run of the game with a sacrifice fly to center field.
Sherwood took off from there. Hannan singled in Dunaway and then stole second base on a pickoff play. Hannan then scored on an infield single by senior Tyler Hix, making the score 3-0. Then, after Liberty committed an error on a grounder by senior Noah Beeks, Bowmen sophomore Caden Davis doubled to left-center field, driving in both Hix and Beeks.
Senior Harrison Goyette drew a walk and Umlandt followed with an RBI single to center. Goyette would then score from third on a wild pitch, capping off the scoring in Sherwood's seven-run first inning.
"Recently, that's been a big thing for us," Garrett said of the fast start. "Jumping on them early is one of the most important things."
Sherwood got another run in the bottom of the second inning. Garrett drew a one-out walk and then scored when Hannan tripled to right field.
"I didn't think it was going to go that far," Hannan said with a smile.
Sherwood got another run in the bottom of the third, when Beeks scored from third base on a fielder's choice grounder by Dunaway, making the score 9-0. The Bowmen capped off the scoring with a run in the bottom of the fourth inning. Hannan hit a one-out double to left-center field. He moved to third on a single by Hix, and then came in on a sacrifice fly by Beeks, making the final score 10-0.
"We can't overlook teams, especially after we dropped the first one," Garrett said. "Baseball is baseball, and you're going to lose games, but you always have to come out with your best punch."
Garrett, in his six shutout innings on the mound, gave up four hits, while striking out six and walking none.
"I just stayed focused and did the job," Garrett said. "We got the runs behind me, so it was just about throwing strikings and keeping the ball down."
"Anthony did a great job today, and all of our infielders did, too," Hannan said.
Hannan, a recent addition to the Bowmen varsity, went 3 for 4 at the plate with a double, a triple, a stolen base, two runs scored and two RBIs.
"It was good. I just saw the ball," he said. "I wasn't hitting well the past couple of games. I was more focused in the (batting) cages earlier."
Hannan came to the plate in the bottom of the sixth inning, needing a home run to hit for the cycle, but he ended up grounding out to third.
"Yeah, I was thinking home run, but I was way too early on that one," Hannan said.
Umlandt went 2 for 2 with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Hix went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Beeks had a hit, two runs scored and an RBI. Davis doubled and drove in two.
Sherwood will open a three-game conference series with Century on Tuesday with a 7 p.m. game at Ron Tonkin Field in Hillsboro. Game two of the series will be played at Sherwood on Thursday, starting at 5 p.m. The series will conclude Friday with a 5 p.m. game at Ron Tonkin Field.