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Bowmen roll in league opener


Sherwood pounds out 13 hits in a 10-2 win over Putnam

by: DAN BROOD - SAFE TO THE PLATE -- Sherwood High School senior Logan Ballarche (right) slides toward home plate on a passed ball as Rex Putnam senior pitcher Evan Lochridge reaches for the ball. Ballarche was safe on the play in the Bowmen's 10-2 victory. MILWAUKIE — Zak Taylor said it was a good day.

It would certainly be hard to argue with him. But, the slugging sophomore on the Sherwood High School baseball team just may have undersold things a bit.

Bowmen coach Jon Strohmaier probably put things in better perspective.

“That was great,” Strohmaier said with a smile. “That was a great way to start league.”

For Sherwood, it definitely was.

The Bowmen, getting some strong pitching and defense, and smacking the ball all over the field on offense, powered their way to a 10-2 win over Rex Putnam in a Northwest Oregon Conference opener played Tuesday at Alder Creek Middle School.

“It definitely was important to us to start league with a win,” said Sherwood junior Riley Moore, who was the winning pitcher in Tuesday’s game. “It was good to get the bats going.”

“We hit the ball well. It was one after another,” said Taylor, who had four hits, including a double and a home run, in the win while also having nine assists from his shortstop position. “We had a good approach at the plate and Riley pitched a hell of a game. It was just a good day.”

Putnam fell to 3-6 on the season with the setback. Sherwood, the defending NWOC champion, upped its overall record to 5-4 with the victory.

The Bowmen didn’t score in the first inning of Tuesday’s game, but senior Jake Urbach helped set the tone for the day with a very long at-bat.

“Jake’s at-bat went 10 or 11 pitches, and that was huge for us,” Strohmaier said.

The Bowmen then took over in the top of the second inning, doing all of their damage with two outs in the frame.

Senior Cyrus Mooney got things going by drawing a two-out walk on a 3-2 pitch. Senior Colton Waker followed with a double down the left-field line. Senior Anthony Sherwood then drove in both pinch runner T.J. Haimoto and Waker with a single to right field, giving Sherwood a 2-0 lead. Sherwood then scored on senior Joseph Balfour’s single to right, upping the Bowmen lead to 3-0.

Putnam got a run in its half of the inning, coming on an RBI single by senior Max Bailey, cutting the lead to 3-1. But the Kingsmen wouldn’t be able to get any closer.

Sherwood scored three more runs, without the benefit of a base hit, in the top of the third inning to push the margin to 6-1. Taylor, leading off the frame, struck out, but he reached first base on a passed ball on strike three. Walks to seniors Jake Reimer and Logan Ballarché loaded the bases with one out.

With two outs in the frame, Putnam committed an error on a grounder by Waker. Taylor scored on the play to make the score 4-1. Another run came in when Sherwood drew a bases-loaded walk. Ballarché then scored on a passed ball to make the score 6-1.

The Bowmen then put together some big hits for two more runs in the fourth inning. Taylor got things going with a one-out line-drive double off the bottom of the fence in left-center field. Reimer followed with an RBI double down the left-field line. Reimer then scored on Ballarché’s two-out double to center field, giving the Bowmen an 8-1 lead.

Taylor led off the top of the sixth inning with a home run deep over the fence in left-center field, upping the lead to 9-1.

“They guys helped me out with that,” Taylor said with a smile.

Reimer and senior Alex Barzee followed the home run with back-to-back doubles to help cap off the 10-2 victory.

“That was a lot of fun,” Taylor said. “We had a ball out there today.”

For the game, Taylor went 4 for 5 at the plate with a double, a home run, a stolen base, three runs scored and an RBI.

“He had a real good game,” Strohmaier said. “And he was just as impressive in the field as he was at the plate.”

The Bowmen had 13 hits in the win. Reimer went 2 for 4 with two doubles, two runs scored and an RBI. Sherwood also had a pair of hits. Waker, Balfour, Ballarché, Barzee and Haimoto added one hit apiece.

Moore pitched the first five innings of the contest. He gave up one run on three hits while striking out four and walking four.

“I felt like I didn’t have my best stuff,” he said. “It was below my standards, but I was proud of how I battled out of it. Our defense and getting that run support really helped.”

“It really was a team win,” Taylor said.

The Bowmen and Putnam were slated to finish their two-game series Wednesday with a game at Sherwood High School. Results of that game weren’t available when the Times went to press.

The Bowmen will be back in action Friday when they host Sandy in a league game starting at 4:30 p.m. at Sherwood High School. The teams will finish their two-game series Tuesday with a 4:30 p.m. game at Sandy. On Wednesday, Sherwood will host Milwaukie in the first game of a two-game series.