Bowmen still perfect in NWOC

Baseball: Sherwood puts 17 runs on the scoreboard to get a win over Liberty
by: DAN BROOD, GOOD JOB — Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier (left) congratulates Bowmen junior Zach Spencer following his fifth-inning home run in the 17-10 win over Liberty.

SHERWOOD - The Sherwood High School baseball team says it has to do the little things right.

However, on Friday, the Bowmen had to put some big numbers on the scoreboard.

Sherwood stayed unbeaten in Northwest Oregon Conference play after fighting off a Liberty rally and then pulling away to score a 17-10 win over the Falcons in a league game played Friday at Sherwood High School.

In the victory, Sherwood jumped out to a big lead and then had to fight off a Liberty rally before pulling away in the final innings.

'We have to learn to keep putting runs on the scoreboard,' said Sherwood junior Zach Spencer, who hit a home run for the Bowmen in the victory. 'We can't let up.'

With the win, its ninth straight, Sherwood improved to 6-0 in NWOC play (9-1 overall) at that point.

'It's great,' Sherwood senior Jason Erwin said of the 6-0 start to league play. 'We know we have to do the little things. And everyone is doing their job. We're really playing like a team.'

In Friday's game, Liberty, which fell to 1-5 in league play at that point with the loss, took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning behind an RBI double by D.J. Hazell and an RBI single by Adam Schneider.

But the Bowmen came storming back in a big way in their half of the opening inning, scoring eight times to grab an 8-2 advantage.

Seniors Johnny Wade, Erwin and Travis Setere all walked to load the bases with one out. Junior Troy Duppenthaler then singled to center, driving in both Wade and Erwin to tie the score at 2-2. Then, after Spencer walked to load the bases again, junior Brennan Hickok singled to right, plating Setere to give the Bowmen a 3-2 lead.

Sophomore Sean Campbell and Wade each added RBI singles later in the inning. Sophomore Colton Donovan and Setere each drew bases-loaded walks to bring in two more runs and senior Sam Karpeles brought in a run with a fielder's choice grounder to give the Bowmen their 8-2 margin.

Liberty scored a run in the top of the second inning to make the score 8-3, but Sherwood answered back again, tacking four more runs on to their total in the bottom of the frame to go up 12-3.

Karpeles had the big hit of the inning with a two-run single that drove in both Campbell and Wade, who each earlier in the inning had RBI singles.

Liberty began to rally in the third inning. The Falcons scored four runs in the frame. They then added two more runs in the fourth and another in the fifth to cut the Sherwood lead to 12-10.

But the Bowmen wouldn't let them get any closer. Spencer, leading off the bottom of the fifth inning, got Sherwood back on track with a home run over the scoreboard in right field.

'He threw me a curve inside and I just sat back and tried to hit it hard,' Spencer said of his second home run of the season. 'I didn't see it go over. I didn't know it was a home run until I saw the umpire.'

Sherwood scored two more times in the inning. Karpeles singled in Hickok and Donovan scored on a groundout by Erwin to up the lead to 15-10.

Duppenthaler and Hickok both scored on a Liberty error in the bottom of the sixth inning to wrap up Sherwood's 17-10 victory.

'We played pretty well, but we fell asleep in the middle innings,' Erwin said. 'The 6-0 start has been a little surprising, but we set our goals and we said 'why not us?''

Sherwood pounded out 11 hits in the win. Wade went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of runs and a pair of RBI. Karpeles went 2-for-5 with four RBI. Campbell also was 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI. Duppenthaler was 1-for-4 with two runs and two RBI.

Spencer went 1-for-2 with the home run. He also walked two times and scored three runs. Hickok scored four runs.

Donovan picked up the pitching victory in relief. He gave up three runs in four and a third innings of work.

Sherwood posted another victory Monday, beating Hillsboro 7-4 in a league contest played at Hare Field. With the win, the Bowmen moved to 7-0 in NWOC games and to 10-1 on the season.

Wade picked up the win on the mound in that victory. He gave up just four hits while striking out six in six-plus innings of work. He gave up three runs with only one of the runs being earned.

Duppenthaler had the big hit of the game with a three-run home run in the fifth inning. Erwin went 2-for-3 at the plate with two RBI. He singled in Wade, who led off the game with a double, to give the Bowmen a quick 1-0 lead on their way to victory.