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Lady Bowmen listen to the music

Softball: Sherwood pounds out 13 hits in their 11-0 win over Liberty
by: DAN BROOD, MAKING THE PLAY — Sherwood shortstop Alyssa Troccoli fields the ball in front of a Liberty runner.

SHERWOOD - It's simple enough.

At least for Alyssa Troccoli it seems to be.

All you have to do is think positive, get a song in your head, see a pitch you like and then just smack the ball.

That formula seemed to work wonders for Troccoli, a Sherwood High School senior, and the rest of the Lady Bowmen softball team.

Sherwood, pounding out 13 hits, rolled to an 11-0, six-inning win over Liberty in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played March 19 at Sherwood High School.

'I think we really came together this game,' said Troccoli, who went 3-for-3 at the plate with three RBI in the victory.

With the win, Sherwood improved to 2-0 in NWOC to that point while also moving to 2-1 on the season. Liberty dropped to 0-2 in league play at that point with the setback.

'We're coming around,' Sherwood coach Dave Durfee said. 'We hit the ball well today. That was a focus. We needed to be more aggressive.'

Being aggressive at the plate wasn't a problem for Troccoli in the victory. In each of her first two plate appearances she smacked the first pitch she saw for an RBI single each time.

'I was thinking positive and I went up there with a song (Touch the Sky, by Kanye West) in my head,' Troccoli said. 'Music helps a lot. It gets us focused.'

Sherwood struck quickly in the win over Liberty, grabbing a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning. Senior Jackie Walck got things started by drawing a one-out walk. She stole second base with one out and then scored the game's first run on Troccoli's single to center field.

The Lady Bowmen, doing all of their damage with two outs in the frame, then added on six more runs in the second inning to push their lead to 7-0.

Sherwood junior Ashley Scott reached base on an error with two outs in the inning to get things started. Sophomore Shahnaz Mooney then drew a walk and sophomore Cora Schaefer singled to left field to load the bases.

Walck then singled to left, driving in both Scott and Mooney to make the score 3-0. Senior Brooke Davis drew a walk to load the bases again. Troccoli then stepped up and lined the first pitch she saw into center field for a single that plated both Schaefer and Walck, pushing the margin to 5-0.

Then, after Davis stole third and scored on a throwing error on the play, Sherwood freshman Michelle Oenning tripled down the left field line to drive in Troccoli, making the score 7-0 and capping off the Lady Bowmen's big inning.

'Michelle had an awesome triple,' Troccoli said.

Sherwood scored two more runs in the third inning, with Walck singling in both Scott and Mooney, to up the Lady Bowmen lead to 9-0.

Sherwood then put the game away with a pair of runs in the bottom of the sixth inning.

Sophomore Hannah Muller led off the frame with a single to center field. Junior Jamie Bradshaw followed with a double to center. Two outs later, Schaefer singled to left, driving in both Muller and Bradshaw to make the score 11-0, ending the game by virtue of the 10-run lead rule.

Davis picked up the pitching victory with a six-inning shutout performance. She gave up just four hits while striking out 11 and walking two.

'Brooke was awesome,' Troccoli said. 'She was confident out there.'

Walck, like Troccoli, went 3-for-3 at the plate and she drove in four runs. Schafer had two hits while Oenning, Scott, Davis, Muller and Bradshaw added one hit apiece.