Lady Bowmen are looking to put everything together

Softball: The young Sherwood squad hopes to make noise in NWOC play
by: DAN BROOD SUPER SOPHOMORE — Sherwood High School sophomore Adri Sietz (right) should be a key player for the Lady Bowmen pitching, in the field and at the plate.

SHERWOOD - The Lady Bowmen look to have versatility.

It also looks like they have leadership.

Determination is also on their side.

And the Sherwood High School softball team hopes it all adds up to a successful 2011 season.

'We'll be ready,' second-year Sherwood coach Jenny Highberger said. 'We're looking pretty solid. We're continuing to work on our line-up. We've got girls who can play in different spots. We've got great leadership and the girls are up for every challenge.'

The Lady Bowmen look to have a strong mix of promising younger players along with some key returnees from last year's team that finished third in the Northwest Oregon Conference at 14-7 while going 17-10 on the season.

Among the key returnees for Sherwood is sophomore Adri Sietz, who will be one of two pitchers for the Lady Bowmen. Last year, when she also split time in the circle, Sietz was an honorable mention all-league pick. When she's not pitching, Sietz will likely be playing at third base.

Sherwood's other pitcher will be senior Michelle Oenning, who returns to the team after missing her junior season due to a shoulder injury. When she's not pitching, Oenning will be in the mix at first base or at second base.

The Lady Bowmen have another key returnee behind the plate in junior catcher Reagan Musselman, who also was an honorable mention all-league pick last year.

Junior returnee Jordyn Funk will be at first base. Juniors Taylor Moody and Andrea Lopez could both see action at second base for the Lady Bowmen.

Freshman Shelby Ratcliffe will be at shortstop and freshman Maggie Gaither will be at third base when Sietz is pitching.

Sherwood's outfield will be anchored by senior returnee Amy Hagan, who will play in center field. Last year, Hagan was an honorable mention all-league pick last year.

Junior Krista Panian will be in left field. Sophomore Debin Lingle and junior Marie House will see time in right field.

Freshmen Hannah Zweig and Emily Barnes should also see some action for the Sherwood varsity.

As for the Northwest Oregon Conference this season, Highberger sees Liberty and Wilsonville as two of the main opponents the Lady Bowmen will have to battle this season.

'It will be competitive,' Highberger said of the league. 'But we'll be ready. We have to be ready to play our game every day.'

Sherwood, on Monday, fell 17-4 to state power Glencoe. Tuesday, The Lady Bowmen lost 10-0 at The Dalles-Wahtonka, giving Sherwood a non-league record of 2-4.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action Friday when they play at McNary in a non-league game starting at 5 p.m. Sherwood opens NWOC play Tuesday at Liberty at 5 p.m.