Despite loss to West Linn, Bowmen still looking strong

by: DAN BROOD - CAUGHT STEALING -- Sherwood shortstop Jacob Church (right) holds the ball up after tagging out West Linn's Parker Hoffman. SHERWOOD — The Sherwood OIBA baseball team lost on Tuesday.

That’s unusual.

But, what’s not unusual is that the Sherwood squad looks to have reloaded again while putting together a successful summer season with the promise of more success at the high school level next spring.

“It’s going pretty good,” said second baseman Dayton Vaughn, a Sherwood High School senior-to-be and a returnee from this past spring’s Bowmen team that reached the semifinal round of the Class 5A state playoffs. “We have a new bunch of guys, but its going well. A lot of guys are stepping up and doing what we need to do, and everyone is working hard.”

Despite Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to West Linn, in a game played at Sherwood High School, the Sherwood squad is still 15-4 on the summer season, including a 7-1 mark in league play.

“We’re young, but I like where we’re at,” Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said. “Today was the first or second varsity-caliber pitcher that we’ve seen this summer. We need to make some adjustments, but they’re getting there. They’re learning.”

West Linn, in Tuesday’s game, took a 1-0 lead with a run in the top of the second inning. Sherwood tried to play catch-up the rest of the way.

Sherwood threatened in the bottom of the second inning, as Ben Windheim drew a two-out walk and moved to second base on a wild pitch, but he was left stranded.

Jacob Church, a Bowmen senior-to-be, hit a line-drive single to left field to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning, but he was erased on a bunt pop-up double play.

Sherwood had runners thrown out on stolen-base attempts in both the fifth and sixth innings, as the team attempted to bring in the equalizing run.

West Linn scored three runs in the top of the seventh inning, giving the visitors a 4-0 lead. Sherwood wasn’t able to threaten in the bottom of the seventh, leaving West Linn with a 4-0 victory.

by: DAN BROOD - HERE IT COMES -- Sherwood's Sam Fulwiler gets ready to unleash a pitch during Tuesday's OIBA contest.“Facing a pitcher like him (West Linn’s Daniel Ferrario) is good for us,” Vaughn said. “It will help our guys get ready for the varsity level.”

Sherwood also got some strong pitching in Tuesday’s game. Sam Fulwiler pitched the first four and two-thirds innings. He gave up one run on three hits while striking out five and walking five.

Sherwood had just two hits in the contest, singles by Brandon Wexted and Church, who also made some solid defensive plays at shortstop.

“He’s going to be a good player for us,” Strohmaier said.

Now, Sherwood is looking to finish the summer strong.

“We’re working hard and want to keep it going,” Vaughn said. “We’re deep in pitching.”

“We’ll be in the playoffs, and I think we’ll be OK,” Strohmaier said.

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