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SOFTBALL: Brooke Davis pitches a perfect game to lead the Lady Bowmen to a win over Wilsonville
by: DAN BROOD, A PERFECT DAY — Above, Sherwood junior Brooke Davis fires a pitch to the plate in the Lady Bowmen’s 5-0 win at Wilsonville.

WILSONVILLE - When she stepped into the circle for the bottom of the seventh inning, Brooke Davis was well aware of what was going on.

The Sherwood High School junior pitcher knew she had a perfect game intact going into the final frame of the Lady Bowmen's Northwest Oregon Conference softball game at Wilsonville.

Davis, a hard-throwing right-hander, knew the situation. She was hoping that no one else had noticed - she didn't want anything to jinx it.

'I was aware of the perfect game,' she said. 'But I didn't want anyone to say anything about it.'

A strikeout and a groundout later, and Davis was just one out away from pitching a perfect game. Then it happened.

'Right before the last out, `E' (senior third baseman Elisha Hartwig) said `hey, they haven't had any baserunners yet,'' Davis said.

The next Wilsonville batter, junior Katlyn Peters, ripped a screaming line drive - right toward Hartwig.

But Hartwig made a nice backhand grab of the line drive, wrapping up Sherwood's 5-0 win, and Davis' perfect game, in the league contest played last Thursday at Wilsonville High School.

'She made up for it,' Davis said with a laugh. 'A perfect game - that's awesome. I never had one before. I had a little trouble spotting the ball in the first couple games of the season. Today, I was really focused and that worked.'

With the victory, Sherwood moved to 2-0 in NWOC play and to 3-0 on the season at that point.

Davis, in getting the perfect-game pitching victory, gave up no hits and no walks while striking out five.

'Brooke is pitching really, really well,' Sherwood coach Lance Gilgan said. 'She's tough and she's learning to hit her spots.'

Davis also got plenty of help from the defense. Junior shortstop Alyssa Troccoli had four assists, Hartwig had three assists to go with her game-ending snag and freshman right fielder Shahnaz Mooney made a sprinting catch of a foul fly ball.

'I couldn't ask for better defense,' Davis said. 'I have complete and total confidence in our defense.'

Meanwhile, the Lady Bowmen grabbed a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the first inning. Mooney led off the game with a walk. She stole second base, stole third base and then scored the game's first run on a passed ball.

Sherwood upped its lead to 2-0 with a run in the fourth. Hartwig got things going in the frame when she hit a two-out single to right field and moved to second base on an error on the play. Davis followed with a single to left, driving in Hartwig.

The Lady Bowmen pushed the margin to 3-0 in the sixth when Davis singled in junior KayLee Swartz, who got on base on a Wildcat error.

Sherwood scored its final two runs of the game in the top of the seventh. Freshman Cora Schaefer reached on an error to lead off the frame. Sophomore pinch hitter Jamie Bradshaw followed with a double to right-center, driving in Schaefer to make the score 4-0.

One out later, Lady Bowmen junior Megan Van Noy doubled off the fence in left field, bringing home Bradshaw for Sherwood's fifth run of the game.

As a team, the Lady Bowmen had eight base hits in the victory.

Davis led the offensive attack, going 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBI and a stolen base.

'I just saw it,' she said of her 3-for-3 batting performance.

Mooney, Troccoli, Hartwig, Bradshaw and Van Noy had one hit apiece. Mooney had two stolen bases in the win while junior Jackie Walck also stole a base.

Prior to the win over Wilsonville, Sherwood opened league play on March 21 with a 2-0 win over Liberty.

On Friday, the Lady Bowmen lost their first game of the season, 2-1 at Hillsboro, despite an 11-strikeout performance by Davis.

On Monday, Sherwood opened play at The Dalles-Wahtonka Tournament by beating Barlow 2-1 and Oregon City 6-2.

Tuesday at The Dalles, Sherwood, the Lady Bowmen beat The Dalles-Wahtonka 8-5 in 10 innings and they fell 5-4 to Canby in nine innings.