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Bowmen win thrillers to open state-playoff action

SHERWOOD - The Sherwood baseball team beat West Albany in dramatic fashion Tuesday in a Class 5A state playoff semifinal game.

The Bowmen's path to the semifinals was no less dramatic.

Sherwood opened the Class 5A state playoffs May 25 by rallying from a two-run, seventh-inning deficit to down Corvallis 5-4. In Friday's quarterfinal round, the Bowmen held on to score a 3-2 victory at Mt. View of Bend.

'Those were two of the most exciting games of the year for us,' Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said.

In the May 25 game, played at Sherwood, the Bowmen found themselves looking at elimination as they trailed Corvallis 4-2 going into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Sherwood junior Connor Munro ignited the Bowmen's rally, leading off the bottom of the seventh with his second home run of the season.

'The leadoff home run was huge,' Strohmaier said.

Senior Justin Davis followed with a single and he moved up to second on a sacrifice bunt by sophomore Joseph Balfour. Senior Tyler Rome then singled, putting runners on first and third with one out.

Junior Travis Dyer then plated Davis with a single, tying the game at 4-4, and again putting runners at first and third. Following a strikeout and a stolen base by Dyer, Corvallis decided to intentionally walk Sherwood senior Jordan Ramp, loading the bases with two outs.

Bowmen senior Brandon Scott then drew a walk on a 3-1 pitch, bringing home Rome with the game-winning run.

Senior Tanner Kichler was the winning pitcher for the Bowmen. He gave up two earned runs on eight hits while striking out nine.

Munro went 2-for-3 at the plate. Dyer added a pair of hits and Balfour had two sacrifice bunts.

In Friday's game at Mt. View, Sherwood trailed 1-0 before scoring three runs in the top of the fifth inning. Lawrence was hit by a pitch and Scott and senior Geoff Walck each walked, loading the bases with one out.

Munro then singled in Lawrence to tie the game at 1-1. Davis followed with a two-run single, plating both Scott and Walck to give the Bowmen a 3-1 advantage.

Mt. View scored a quick run to start the seventh inning. But Balfour, taking the mound in relief, got a pop up and a groundout for the final two outs, wrapping up the 3-2 Sherwood win.

Ramp pitched the first six innings of the game, giving up five hits and striking out five.

Davis, Ramp, Dyer and Munro each had a hit for the Bowmen in the win.