The Bowmen move to 9-1 in NWOC play with the win

by: JOHN BREWINGTON - BACK TO THE BAG -- Sherwood senior Anthony Sherwood (right) dives back to first base during last week's game at St. Helens. HILLSBORO — It went back and forth.

And things may have gotten a bit scary in the final inning.

But the Sherwood High School baseball team was still able to pick up its sixth straight victory.

The Bowmen held off a late Liberty rally to get a 7-6 win over the Falcons in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played Tuesday at Liberty High School.

“We tried to give it away,” Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said. “But we held on. We didn’t panic, and we got it done.”

With the win, the Bowmen improved their league-leading NWOC record to 9-1, keeping them one game ahead of second-place Sandy, while they also moved to 13-5 on the season.

Liberty fell to 5-5 in NWOC games and to 11-8 on the season.

Sherwood took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning of Tuesday’s game behind an RBI single by junior Jake Reimer. Liberty came back to take the lead with a pair of runs in the bottom of the JOHN BREWINGTON - LEFTY HEAT -- Sherwood senior Charlie Paul gets ready to fire in a pitch in the Bowmen's win at St. Helens last week.

The Bowmen, with Logan Ballarché hitting an RBI double, scored three runs in the top of the third to go up 4-2. Liberty answered back again, scoring twice in the bottom of the frame to tie the game at 4-4.

The scored stayed tied at 4-4 before Sherwood put three runs on the scoreboard in the top of the sixth inning. Sophomore Zak Taylor had the big hit of the inning, with a two-run single, helping the Bowmen up the margin to 7-4.

Liberty scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to trim the margin to 7-6 before Sherwood closer Joey Chamberlain recorded a game-ending strikeout.

Junior Riley Moore pitched the first six innings to get the win on the mound.

“He didn’t have his best stuff early, but he really buckled down in the fourth, fifth and sixth,” Strohmaier said.

Senior Jake Urbach went 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs for Sherwood in the victory. Taylor went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. Senior Joseph Balfour went 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Senior Alex Barzee drove in a run and senior Cyrus Mooney had two hits.

Prior to the win at Liberty, the Bowmen finished off a series sweep of St. Helens by scoring a 9-3 victory over the Lions in a league game played last Thursday at Sherwood High School.

Taylor picked up the pitching win in that contest. Barzee had three base hits while Taylor and senior Colton Waker each had a pair of hits.

On April 17, the Bowmen picked up a 13-0 win at St. Helens behind the pitching of senior left-hander Charlie Paul.

In that victory, Paul threw a one-hitter, striking out 11 while facing the minimum 21 batters.

“He pitched great,” Strohmaier said.

Ballarché went 4 for 5 at the plate in that game. Balfour, Urbach and Mooney added two hits apiece.

Sherwood was scheduled to host Liberty in the second game of the teams’ series on Wednesday. Results of that game weren’t available when The Times went to press.

The teams will finish their three-game series Friday with a 4:30 p.m. game at Liberty High School.

On Tuesday, Sherwood will travel to Wilsonville for the first game of a three-game series. That contest is set to start at 4:30 p.m.

The teams will play the second game of the series Wednesday at Sherwood and then complete the series at Wilsonville on May 3.

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