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Sherwood makes tourney appearance

Lady Bowmen fall to Hood River in first-round contest


by: MIKE WEBER - DEALING -- Sherwood sophomore Kaylee Smith fires in a pitch during the Lady Bowmen's state playoff game at Hood River Valley.HOOD RIVER — The Sherwood High School Lady Bowmen certainly had some late season momentum, winning three of their last five games to qualify for the Class 5A softball state tournament for the first time in four years.

Following a 5-1 Class 5A play-In over Dallas on May 23, Sherwood earned a first-round state playoff contest May 28 against the highly regarded No. 2 ranked Hood River Valley Eagles. Hood River (22-6) appeared to be the team most intent on continuing its season longer though as the Eagles won 8-0 over the Bowmen (9-17) at Westside Elementary School in Hood River.

Sherwood, led by first-year head coach Jodi Moore, struggled at the plate and was unable to get into any kind of offensive rhythm against HRV senior pitcher Kayla Byers, who threw a one hitter and struck out 10. Sherwood went down in order the first three innings while HRV had seven of its nine total hits off of Bowmen sophomore starting pitcher Kaylee Smith to jump ahead 7-0 after three.

"I'm extremely proud of these kids, because they just have a great attitude," said Moore, whose young squad included three freshman starters (Elizabeth Zook, Stephanie Nikkila, Emma Van Andel). "They've worked so hard all season and it was a good accomplishment for them to reach the state playoffs. They all came out a gave a strong effort and nobody ever gave up, despite being down 8-0."

by: MIKE WEBER - SMACK -- Sherwood sophomore Emily Carlson puts the ball in play during the Lady Bowmen's state playoff game at Hood River Valley.In the top of the fourth, it appeared the Bowmen might have a chance to get on the scoreboard to avoid a shutout. Sophomore Emily Carlson (1-for-2, double, reached on error) smashed a fly ball to a center field gap for a double to get into scoring position. Carlson then was thrown out at third while trying to stretch the hit to a triple.

After a scoreless fourth, the Eagles got a run in the fifth to extend the margin to 8-0. Sherwood did get two runners on the basepaths in the sixth, when junior Emily Krause and Carlson both reached on back-to-back Eagle errors, but both were left stranded.

The more experienced (six senior starters) and talented Eagles were just too much of a challenge to overcome for a much younger Bowmen squad which had just three seniors. The contest marked the final softball game of their Sherwood High career for seniors Amanda Dwornicki, Margaret Gaither and starting first baseman Hannah Zweig. Dwornicki had one at-bat versus HRV and Gaither was unable to play because of an illness.

"We were really hoping to get past the first round of the playoffs because we haven't done that too often in the past," said Zweig, a three-year starter who earned a Northwest Oregon Conference Second Team All-Star Award. "We faced a lot of tough teams this year and we almost beat Sandy (No. 1 ranked and defending champions). They (Hood River) are a very good team and we wish them the best of luck throughout the playoffs."

Sherwood concluded the season ranked No. 23 and took fifth place in the NWOC, which is definitely one of the top league's in the state. The top five were all in the state playoffs and four advanced to quarterfinals, including Liberty, Sandy, Putnam and St. Helens.

"I'm extremely proud of these kids, because they just have a great attitude," said Moore, whose squad included three freshman starters. "They all came out and gave a strong effort and nobody ever gave up, despite being down 8-0. Everyone worked so hard all season and it was a good accomplishment for us to reach the state playoffs. I'm just super excited about the progress we made this year as a team. We set our goal to be here and we worked hard to achieve that. To get this far with such a young team was pretty exciting."

Sherwood junior outfielder Grace McClain (second team all-NWOC), Smith (second team), junior third baseman Kathryn Zook (honorable mention) and junior shortstop Alexandra Kuntz (honorable mention) also received all league awards for their outstanding performance this year.

"Hannah just made many huge contributions to our team both on and off the field," said Moore. "She's an all around great team leader, who hit very consistently and she did a tremendous job at first base. She always caught everything that was thrown to her. Amanda always helped provide a positive and upbeat attitude in the dugout while supporting all her teammates as one of our reserves. Maggie was our designated player who we relied on often to get a key hit for us and she played catcher sometimes too. She was very disappointed that she couldn't be at the game."



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