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Bowmen off to a hot start to the summer

Despite a loss to Beaverton, Sherwood is 8-2 on the season


BEAVERTON - The boys of summer are back.

The Beaverton OIBA team showed that in a big way on Friday, cooling off the Tonkin Nissan-sponsored Sherwood Bowmen at Beaverton High School with a rain-soaked 11-4 victory.

According to the OIBA website, Beaverton – a member of the Murphy Division – took its record to 2-2 while Sherwood (part of the Lolich Division) lost for just the second time and dropped to 8-0.

The Beavers, in Friday's cross-divisional game played under a steady rain, saw Sherwood grab a quick lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Joseph Balfour singled to lead off the game and he ended up scoring on Zak Taylor's two-out single to center field, giving Sherwood a 1-0 advantage.

But the home team came storming back in the bottom of the second inning, scoring four times in the frame.

Ryan Cowley doubled in both Rob Valentine and Joe Bland to get the inning going for Beaverton, and Justin Wakem added an RBI double later in the frame to help the home team take a 4-1 lead.

Beaverton then added an unearned run in the bottom of the third inning to push its lead to 5-1.

Sherwood tried to get a rally going in the top of the fourth inning when Cyrus Mooney singled to left inning to lead off the frame. Beaverton then committed an error on a sacrifice bunt by Anthony Sherwood and Colton Waker followed with a bunt single to load the bases with no outs.

Then, following a strikeout, Balfour singled to left field, driving in both Mooney and Sherwood to cut the Beaverton lead to 5-3, but Beaverton turned an inning-ending double play to prevent any further damage.

The Bowmen threatened again in the top of the fifth inning as Taylor singled and Jordan Morales drew a walk to put runners on first and second with one out in the frame. But Beaverton got another inning-ending double play to keep Sherwood from scoring.

The Bowmen tried again to get closer in the top of the sixth inning. Sherwood reached first base on a Beaverton error to start the frame. He then moved to second base on a wild pitch. With two outs in the frame, Jake Reimer singled to left field, but Sherwood was thrown out at home to end the inning.

Beaverton then broke the game open in the bottom of the sixth inning, scoring six runs in the frame to up its lead to 11-3.

Cowley had the big hit of the inning with a two-out, two-run double to right field. Mason Shaw also singled in a run and Connor Shaw had a ground-rule double in the frame.

Tonkin Nissan, battling to the end, got one of those runs back in the top of the seventh inning when Taylor reached base on a fielder's choice grounder after Logan Ballarche drew a walk. Taylor moved to second base on a single by Riley Moore and then scored on Mooney's two-out single to make the final score 11-4.

For Beaverton, Cowley went 2-for-3 at the plate with a pair of doubles and four RBIs. Bland started on the mound for Beaverton and pitched the first four frames. Sherwood had 11 hits in the contest, with Balfour, Mooney and Taylor getting two hits apiece.

In upcoming action, Beaverton plays a doubleheader at Putnam starting at 3 p.m. Friday, then plays a doubleheader at Clackamas beginning at 1 p.m. Monday.