Sherwood claims its tourney bid

Baseball: The Tonkin Nissan team sweeps its playoff series with Lincoln

SHERWOOD - The Tonkin Nissan OIBA squad is still playing baseball.

And the Sherwood-based team is pretty happy about that.

Tonkin Nissan earned a spot in the season-ending OIBA tournament by getting a sweep in a best-of-three game playoff series against Lincoln in games played Friday and Saturday.

'At first, our goal was to make the two-out-of-three game series,' Tonkin Nissan coach Jon Strohmaier said. 'Then, we reevaluated and set our goal at making the tournament, and we did it.'

The Sherwood team earned its spot in the 16-team, double-elimination tourney by getting a 6-2 win over Lincoln in a game played Friday at Sherwood High School and then scoring a 9-7 win in a game played Saturday at Gabriel Park.

'Those were a couple of good games,' Strohmaier said.

In Friday's game, Lincoln held a 1-0 lead after the first inning and held onto that advantage until Tonkin Nissan scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning on its way to getting the 6-2 victory.

Nate Montgomery, a Sherwood High School senior-to-be, pitched the first six innings in the win with Joseph Balfour throwing the final frame.

Balfour went 2-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBI. Travis Dyer went 2-for-2 with a double and an RBI.

Connor Munro went 1-for-2 with a double and an RBI and John Dailey went 2-for-4 with two RBI.

On Friday, the Sherwood team found itself trailing 4-1 at the end of the first inning before rallying to get the 9-7 victory.

Balfour again had a big game. He went 3-for-4 at the plate with two runs scored and he also pitched the seventh inning to record the save.

Dyer went 3-for-4 with a pair of doubles. Montgomery went 1-for-2 with a double, two walks and two runs. Logan Ballarche went 1-for-1 at the plate while also walking three times and getting hit by a pitch. He scored a pair of runs.

Tyler Ratcliffe pitched the first six innings to get the victory on the mound.

The OIBA tournament started on Wednesday and runs through Sunday at Lakeridge and Sunset high schools.

Tonkin Nissan was scheduled to face Jesuit in a first-round tournament game Wednesday at Sunset High School. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press.

If the Sherwood team won that game, it will face either Tigard or McMinnville in a quarterfinal contest starting at 4 p.m. today at Sunset High School.

If the Sherwood squad lost on Wednesday, it will meet Tigard or McMinnville in a losers' bracket first-round game today at 10 a.m. at Sunset High School.

Sunday's tournament championship game is set to be played at 4 p.m. at Sunset High School.