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Bowmen bats stay hot in win over Parkrose

Baseball: Sherwood moves to 3-1 in NWOC play with its 21-2 victory against the Broncos
by: DAN BROOD, MAKING THE PLAY — Sherwood second baseman Taylor Hill fields a ground ball in the win over Parkrose.

SHERWOOD - After arriving from a spring break trip to Arizona, the Sherwood High baseball team had to adjust to the colder weather of home.

But the Bowmen's bats sure seemed to stay red hot.

Sherwood pounded out 22 hits, including nine doubles, as it jumped back into Northwest Oregon Conference play with a 21-2 rout of Parkrose in a league game played Monday under chilly conditions at Sherwood High School.

'We all hit the ball pretty hard,' said Sherwood junior first baseman Jason Erwin, who had two hits and two RBI in the victory. 'The Arizona trip was good for us, but it was good to get going in league again - and I'm more of a cold-weather guy.'

With the win, the Bowmen improved to 3-1 in NWOC play while moving to 7-3 on the season. Parkrose dropped to 0-4 in NWOC games with the loss.

'This was pretty good,' said Sherwood senior Nate Hickok, who pitched six innings of no-hit ball. 'Everyone was hitting. It was good to get back - except for the weather.'

Hickok, a right-hander, gave up a pair of unearned runs in his six innings of work while striking out five and walking one.

'It wasn't my best outing,' he said. 'But I made them put it in play.'

Senior Derek Kotowski pitched a perfect seventh inning to complete the combined no-hitter for the Bowmen.

Meanwhile, on offense, Sherwood put the game away early, scoring 10 runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Senior Alex Wert had a pair of doubles, two runs scored and an RBI in the big opening frame. Junior Johnny Wade had an RBI double, two runs scored and a stolen base in the inning. The Bowmen scored at least one run in every other inning.

Wert led the offensive attack, going 4-for-6 at the plate with three doubles, three runs scored and two RBI. Hickok went 3-for-5 with all three of his hits being doubles. He also scored four times and drove in a pair of runs.

Senior Travis Boehm went 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI. Travis Setere, Aaron Czyzewski, Wade and Erwin each had two hits. Kotowski, Taylor Hill, Tyler Renney and Troy Duppenthaler had one hit apiece. Wade scored twice and drove in a game-high three runs. Setere and Erwin each had two RBI.

'Everyone on the team got at least two at-bats,' Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said. 'That was our goal today. 'The pitching we saw in Arizona was much better, but the kids adjusted well and we didn't waste any at-bats. But we still have some work to do.'

Sherwood wrapped up its Arizona trip Friday by scoring a 3-0 win over Farmington, N.M. Hill picked up the complete-game pitching game, needing just 83 pitches to get the shutout. He struck out 10 while giving up just two hits.

The Bowmen were scheduled to host Glencoe in a key NWOC game on Wednesday. Results of the game weren't available when the Times went to press.

Sherwood will be back in action today (Thursday) when it plays at Century at 4:30 p.m.