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Lady Bowmen rally strong against Lakeridge

The young Sherwood squad takes a 7-4 lead


by: DAN BROOD - STRETCHING -- Sherwood junior first baseman Hannah Zweig grabs the ball before Lakeridge's Annie Griffin can get to the base. CANBY — For most of the game, the Sherwood High School softball team found itself on the losing end of the score.

But the Lady Bowmen weren’t worried.

They knew they had a lot of energy, a lot of heart and some rally caps on their side.

And, with all of that going for it, Sherwood put together a four-run, sixth-inning rally on its way to taking a 7-4 lead over Lakeridge in a Canby Tournament game played Tuesday at Canby High School.

“We had our rally caps on,” Sherwood senior Adri Seitz said after the game. “That got us going.”

“We got a lot of excitement going,” Sherwood senior Talea Stashin said. “That was a lot of fun.”

The game was halted after the top of the sixth inning due to the tournament time limit. The Lady Bowmen thought they had a 7-4 victory, but, later the game was reverted to the final completed inning, leaving Lakeridge with a 4-3 win.

Lakeridge improved to 2-4 with the victory. Sherwood moved to 2-6 at that point of the season.

“This was nice,” Sherwood coach Jenny Highberger said Tuesday of what she thought was a win. “We’ve been playing a lot of (Class) 6A teams, and we’ve been challenging ourselves.”

Despite what the final outcome turned out to be, the clutch sixth-inning rally had the Lady Bowmen fired up.

“This win was really important for us,” Stashin said. “Especially coming off of yesterday (when the Lady Bowmen had tourney losses to Blanchet Catholic and West Albany). Our confidence was down.”

“This will help us get ready for league,” Sherwood junior first baseman Hannah Zweig said.

Sherwood, which played Tuesday with some key players, including freshman pitcher Emily Carlson, not available for action, found itself facing a quick 1-0 deficit as Lakeridge scored an unearned run in the bottom of the first inning.

The Lady Bowmen answered back with a run of their own in the top of the second inning. Stashin led off the frame with a double to right-center field. She moved up to third base on a groundout by junior Emily Barnes. Stashin then scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 1-1.

Lakeridge quickly regained the lead by scoring a pair of runs in the bottom of the frame. Pacer junior Shekina Boe had an RBI triple in the inning and she scored on an infield single by junior Amy Adler to give Lakeridge a 3-1 lead.

Persistent Sherwood battled back to tie the game again in the top of the fourth inning.

Zweig reached first base on a Lakeridge error to open the frame and freshman Kaylee Smith followed with a walk. One out later, and after the runners moved up a base on a wild pitch, Zweig scored on a groundout by Barnes to cut the margin to 3-2.

Sherwood sophomore Emily Krause then doubled down the right-field line, driving in Smith with the tying run.

Lakeridge again answered back with a run in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Pacer junior Katie Barton hit a ground-ball single to left field to lead off the frame. She would eventually score on junior Chayse Pearson’s one-out single to right field, giving Lakeridge a 4-3 lead.

But the Lady Bowmen, adorned with their rally caps, battled back again — in a big way — in the top of the sixth.

Smith led off the frame with a single to left field. Stashin then hit a fielder’s choice grounder, with courtesy runner Jayde Henry being forced out at second base on the play.

Barnes followed with a single to right field and Krause had an infield single to load the bases with one out. Sophomore Alex Newman then laced a single to left field, plating Stashin with the tying run.

The Lady Bowmen didn’t stop there.

With the bases loaded, sophomore Allie Kuntz was hit by a pitch. That brought in Barnes with the go-ahead run. Sophomore Grace McClain then singled to left-center field, driving in Krause to up the Sherwood lead to 6-4.

One out later, Zweig was hit by a pitch, plating Newman to give Sherwood a 7-4 lead.

The game was then halted, after the top of the sixth, due to the tournament time limit.

“We really wanted this win,” Stashin said. “We’ve got a lot of young players, we only have two seniors, but we showed our teamwork. We’ve really come together as a team.”

“Our team chemistry is really good,” Zweig added.

“And we’re having a lot of fun,” Stashin said. “That’s a big part of it.”

Sherwood pounded out nine hits in the contest. Krause went 2 for 2 at the plate with a double an RBI and a run scored. McClain went 2 for 4 with an RBI. Stashin had a double and two runs scored. Barnes had a hit and two RBI. Sophomore Katie Zook, Smith and Newman added one hit apiece.

Junior Amanda Dwornicki pitched the first three innings for the Lady Bowmen, with Smith finishing up in the pitcher’s circle after that.

“The girls kept battling,” Highberger said. “And they did a good job keeping their energy up.”

Later on Tuesday at the tournament, Sherwood fell 7-0 to Class 6A power Barlow.

The Lady Bowmen will be back in action Monday when they host Sprague in a non-league game set to start at 5 p.m. at Sherwood High School. On Tuesday, Sherwood will be home to face Clackamas in a 5 p.m. non-league contest.

The Lady Bowmen will open their Northwest Oregon Conference schedule April 5 when they host St. Helens at 5 p.m.

“We’re very excited for league,” Zweig said.




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