Sherwood can wrap up sole possession of first with win today

SHERWOOD — The Sherwood High School baseball team wrapped up at least a share of the Northwest Oregon Conference championship.

And, with a win today, the Bowmen can claim the crown all for themselves.

Sherwood can clinch the league title today (Thursday) when it faces Parkrose in a NWOC finale set to start at 4:30 p.m. at Parkrose High School.

“I like our chances,” Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said.

The Bowmen looked to be in line for clinching the title early, but they fell 8-5 at Wilsonville in a league game on Friday. That put Sherwood in a tie with Sandy, with both teams at 13-2 at that point, for first place in the league standings.

But, on Tuesday, Sherwood notched a 10-2 home win over Parkrose while Sandy fell 7-5 to Wilsonville, putting the Bowmen back in the driver’s seat.

“It turned out to be a win-win for us,” Strohmaier said. “I think it was good for us to get a loss going into the playoffs. And I also think that it gave Wilsonville confidence going into its game with Sandy.”

Sherwood, in Tuesday’s game with Parkrose, found itself facing a 2-0 first-inning deficit before it got its bats going. The Bowmen ended up pounding out 12 hits, with senior Joseph Balfour, junior Jake Reimer, senior Alex Barzee and senior Logan Ballarché having two hits apiece. Barzee drove in three runs in the win. Reimer and Ballarché had two hits apiece.

Junior Riley Moore picked up the pitching win. In six innings of work, he gave up one earned run on two hits while striking out eight. Balfour, in making his first pitching appearance of the season, threw a perfect seventh inning.

In Friday’s loss at Wilsonville, Balfour had a pair of hits, two runs scored and an RBI. Reimer had two hits and two RBIs and senior Cyrus Mooney had two hits and an RBI.

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