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Bowmen fall just short in 3-2 setback

But the Sherwood-based American Legion baseball team is still having a strong summer
by: DAN BROOD, TRIPLE THREAT — Sherwood’s Travis Setere is about to put his bat on the ball for a two-run triple in the Bowmen’s game with Southridge on Friday. Southridge came away with a 3-2 victory.

SHERWOOD - They came close.

They battled hard, but the Bowmen couldn't come away with the victory.

That's OK, they said, after all they're gaining some valuable experience and they're still having plenty of success this summer.

The Sherwood AAA American Legion baseball team came close to adding on to that success as it dropped a slim 3-2 decision to Southridge in a game played Friday at Sherwood High School.

'It's been a pretty good summer,' Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said after the contest. 'Southridge is a pretty good team, and we battled them tonight. We weren't at full strength tonight. We've had quite a few games with just nine guys, like tonight, but that means we have guys getting experience.'

With the loss to Southridge, the Bowmen moved to 10-6 on the summer season at that point.

'We're doing real well this summer,' Sherwood junior-to-be Travis Setere said. 'This was a good game for us. We'll see good pitching like that all season next year (when Sherwood moves up to the Class 5A level for high school play).'

Southridge grabbed a quick 1-0 lead in Friday's game when Kevin Coleman doubled in Mitch Edwards in the top of the first inning.

Sherwood responded by scoring a pair of runs in its half of the frame.

Dylan Durrell got things started for the Bowmen when he reached first base on a Southridge error with one out in the inning. Ryan Codling followed with a single to right field.

One out later, Setere tripled to right field, driving in both Durrell and Codling to give Sherwood a 2-1 lead.

'That was my first triple. I'm not too fast,' Setere said with a smile.

Southridge regained the lead, at 3-2, by scoring a pair of runs in the top of the second inning. Jack Brock tripled in Andrew Keller and he then scored on a Sherwood throwing error of the play to give the visitors the advantage.

That would be all the runs that would score during the contest and Sherwood's Taylor Hill and Southridge's Daniel Trueblood locked up in a pitchers' duel the rest of the way.

The Bowmen threatened in the bottom of the fourth inning. Setere drew a one-out walk and Hill followed with a single to left field. They both moved up a base on a groundout by Jason Erwin, but Trueblood came up with an inning-ending strikeout to get out of the jam.

Durrell was hit by a pitch with two out in the fifth inning, but he was Sherwood's last base runner of the contest.

'Both pitchers threw real well,' Strohmaier said. 'We just didn't put the ball in play.'

Sherwood had just three hits in the contest, one each by Codling, Setere and Hill.

Hill, in pitching the distance for the Bowmen, gave up six hits while striking out six and walking three. Trueblood had 12 strikeouts for Southridge.

Prior to the game with Southridge, Sherwood pounded out a 12-3 win over Beaverton in a game played June 28 at Beaverton High School.

Derek Kotowski led the Bowmen offensive attack in the win, going 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles, three runs scored and an RBI.

Johnny Wade went 3-for-4 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. He also was the winning pitcher.

Codling went 2-for-4 with two runs and an RBI. Tyler Renney had a double and two RBI and Erwin scored twice.

On Sunday, Sherwood swept a doubleheader from Gladstone. The Bowmen won the first game 7-1 and they triumphed 13-11 in the second game, upping the team's summer record to 12-6.

Sherwood was scheduled to host Jesuit on Wednesday. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press. The Bowmen will be back in action today (Thursday) when they host Madison at 6 p.m. On Friday, Sherwood gets a rematch with Southridge with a 6 p.m. game at Southridge High School.