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Moore shuts down Aloha in opener

Sherwood gets a 5-0 win in the OIBA tourney game


by: DAN BROOD - PITCHING STRONG -- Sherwood's Riley Moore delivers a pitch in Tuesday's OIBA tournament game. Moore threw a one-hitter in helping Sherwood score a 5-0 victory over Aloha. TIGARD — A year ago, Riley Moore opened play at the Oregon Independent Baseball Association season-ending tournament in spectacular fashion, pitching a no-hitter in a tourney-opening win over Hillsboro.

This year, Moore, a Sherwood High School senior-to-be, again got off to an impressive start to OIBA tourney play.

He didn’t throw a no-hitter this time, but he came pretty darn close. Moore allowed just one hit, walked none and faced the minimum 21 batters in helping Sherwood score a 5-0 win over Aloha in a first-round tournament game played Tuesday at Tigard High School.

“It was good,” said Moore, who struck out eight batters while needing just 78 pitches to get the complete-game victory. “I had my stuff today. It was funny, I was remembering a year ago.”

“Riley was on,” Sherwood catcher Zak Taylor said. “He hit his spots, and hit his first pitches for strikes.”

With the victory, Sherwood advanced to play in the winners’ bracket quarterfinal round of the 16-team, double-elimination tournament. Sherwood was slated to face Jesuit in a tourney quarterfinal game on Wednesday. Results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

If Sherwood won Wednesday, it will face Lake Oswego or Glencoe in a winners’ bracket semifinal game today (Thursday), starting at 4:30 p.m., at Tigard High School.

If Sherwood lost on Wednesday, it will play Tualatin or Barlow in a losers’ bracket second-round game today, starting at 11:30 a.m., at Oregon City High School.

“We’ll have to keep playing ball like we can,” Taylor said.

On Tuesday, that meant strong defense, a potent small-ball offensive attack and, of course, Moore’s standout pitching performance.

“He was really good today,” Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said. “He seems to peak at the end of the season.”

The only hit Moore gave up in the contest was a second-inning leadoff single to Nate Christophersen.

But, with one out in the inning, Moore started a 1-6-3 double play to put Aloha down in order.

The only other Aloha batter to get on base was Blake Lorenz, who reached first on a Sherwood error. But Taylor threw out Lorenz on a stolen-base attempt, helping Moore face just the minimum amount of batters.

“My fastball felt good, and my curveball was working,” Moore said.

But, which was better, last year’s no-hitter or this year’s super-efficient one-hitter?

“As long as we win, it’s the same to me,” Moore said with a smile.

Sherwood, in Tuesday’s tourney opener, broke a scoreless tie with a pair of runs in the bottom of the second inning.

Dayton Vaughn, leading off the frame, reached base on an Aloha error. Vaughn stole second base and then came around to score the game’s first run when Aloha committed a throwing error following a bunt by Scott Skurdahl.

Skurdahl would get to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Kenny Ballard and then he scored on a squeeze bunt by Spencer Clay to up the lead to 2-0.

“Our bunting was very good today,” Strohmaier said.

Sherwood scored two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Adley Rutschman got things rolling with a one-out, opposite field double to left. After Moore walked, Taylor singled to left field, driving in Rutschman to up the lead to 3-0. Moore scored on a fielder’s choice grounder by Jake Reimer later in the inning to push the margin to 4-0.

Sherwood scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Beau Curtiss singled to center field to lead off the frame. Curtiss advanced to second base on a balk and he moved to third on a groundout by Keegan Lawrence.

Then, after Ballard was hit by a pitch, Curtiss stole home on the front end of a double steal, capping off the 5-0 victory.

“This win was really important,” Moore said. “Starting a tournament with a win is always good. We’ve got a lot of new guys this summer, but they’re all stepping up and doing well.”

“It’s starting to come together,” Taylor said. “It was nice to get this win.”

Sherwood, as a team, had five hits in the victory. Moore, Taylor, Rutschman, Curtiss and Nate Christler had one hit apiece.

Prior to Tuesday’s OIBA tournament opener, Sherwood won a best-of-three seeding series against Sunset.

The OIBA tournament is slated to run through Saturday at Oregon City and Tigard, with the championship game slated for 4:30 p.m. Saturday at Tigard High School.




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