The Sherwood senior will play baseball for the Beaver squad

DAN BROOD - Sherwood senior Adley Rutschman, surrounded by some of his Bowmen teammates, signs his letter of intent to play baseball at Oregon State University. SHERWOOD — Sure, Adley Rutschman has had a monster football postseason so far.

The Sherwood High School senior booted a state-record 63-yard field goal in a state playoff second-round win over Tigard and he followed that up by rushing for 100 yards and a touchdown in a quarterfinal victory over Lincoln.

But, for a short time last week, Rutschman changed his focus away from football — and he made his college choice official.

The Bowmen standout signed his national letter of intent to play baseball at Oregon State University during a ceremony held Nov. 18 at Sherwood High.

“I feel extremely fortunate to get to play baseball at Oregon State,” Rutschman said after signing his letter of intent in front of friends and family. “It’s a great program. I love the team, and I love the coaches.”

Rutschman said the Beavers are looking at him mostly as a pitcher, but he could also see time at catcher.

“I’ll play wherever they want me,” Rutschman said.

As a junior last spring, Rutschman couldn’t pitch, or play on defense for the Bowmen baseball team, because of an ulnar collateral ligament injury (near the elbow) that he suffered at the start of the season. But he shined as a designated hitter, earning first-team All-Three Rivers League and first-team Class 6A All-State honors.

He went on to have a big summer playing for the Portland Baseball Club, before concluding the summer by playing for the Kansas City Royals team at the prestigious Area Code Games.

Rutschman said he’s now ready to take his game to the next level.

“I need to keep working hard, and it will be an adjustment to faster play,” he said.

At Oregon State, Rutschman will get to play baseball with his former Bowmen teammate, Zak Taylor, who is a 2015 Sherwood High School graduate.

“I keep in contact with Zak,” Rutschman said. “He loves it down there.”

Rutschman will return to the football field Saturday, when the Bowmen face West Linn in a Class 6A state playoff semifinal game set to start at noon at Providence Park.

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