6A baseball playoffs
Gresham's Austen Carpenter has proved himself to be one of the best pitchers in the state all season, and Sherwood found that out why that was the case on Monday afternoon.
The senior southpaw gave up no runs on just one hit while striking out nine in 6 and 1/3 innings of work as Gresham defeated Sherwood 4-1 in the first round of the playoffs.
"My goal against this team was to work the outer third of the plate all game...I ended up throwing a lot of strikes and luckily they couldn't put a bat on it," Carpenter said.
The Bowmen came into this game averaging more than five runs per ball game, but Carpenter was able to keep their bats silent for the whole afternoon.
"(Carpenter) has got some good stuff. I think it kind of sneaks up on guys. He's not overpowering by any means, but it took us a long time to even make some solid contact," Sherwood head coach Nate Hickok said.
The Gophers got some early run support for Carpenter in the bottom of the first. Tyler Linch started the inning with an opposite field-single, followed by Ezra Samperi reaching on an error. A balk by Sherwood pitcher Riley Aggson allowed both runners to move up. Linch scored on on an infield single by Tyler Wood and Samperi scored after Jacob Biesterfeld hit into a fielder's choice to put Gresham up 2-0.
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