Baseball: The Bowmen, who had won 16 games in a row, fall as Glencoe rallies to get a 6-5 win
HILLSBORO - It had to end sometime.
And, the Bowmen say, they had fun while it lasted and they're sure happy with where it took them.
The Sherwood High School baseball team saw its perfect league record, and overall 16-game winning streak come to an end when it fell 6-5 to Glencoe in a Northwest Oregon Conference game played last Thursday at Hillsboro Stadium.
'We've played well all season, but we knew it had to end sooner or later,' Sherwood junior Troy Duppenthaler said after the game.
Sherwood took a league record of 13-0 into last Thursday's game. The loss was the first for the Bowmen since they fell to Astoria in the season-opener.
'I don't think any other team has won 16 games in a row,' Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said. 'It had to end sooner or later. But we've already accomplished our No. 1 goal, which was to make the state playoffs. We're in.'
Sherwood wrapped up a Class 5A state playoff berth by scoring a 3-2 win over Glencoe in a league game played April 23 at Wilsonville High School. To the Bowmen, that's more important than the long winning streak.
'We never thought of the streak,' Duppenthaler said. 'We were just taking it one game at a time. We set a goal at the beginning of the season to make the state playoffs. Now, we're going for the league title.'
Last Thursday's game at Hillsboro Stadium went back and forth throughout the contest.
The Bowmen took the first lead of the game, pushing a run across in the top of the second inning. Duppenthaler led off the inning with a single to center. Junior Zach Spencer was then hit by a pitch. Both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by junior Taylor Gray. Duppenthaler then scored on a groundout by junior Brennan Hickok.
Glencoe came back to grab a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the third inning. Seniors Kyle Sprecher and Eric Ellis each singled with two out in the frame and they both scored on a Bowmen error.
The Bowmen knotted things up with a run in the fifth. Senior Jason Erwin was hit by a pitch with two outs. He moved to second on a single by senior Travis Setere and then scored on a single by Duppenthaler to make the score 2-2.
Sherwood then seemed to take control of the game, thanks to a three-run sixth inning. Hickok walked, sophomore Sean Campbell reached base on a bunt single and senior Johnny Wade was hit by a pitch to load the bases with one out. Senior Sam Karpeles came through with a single up the middle to drive in Hickok, giving the Bowmen a 3-2 lead. Erwin plated Campbell with a sacrifice fly to right field and Setere drove in Wade with a single to left to give Sherwood a 5-2 cushion.
But the Crimson Tide, still facing a 5-2 deficit going into the bottom of the seventh, was able to rally one more time.
Senior A.J. Burke and senior Matt Valley opened the Glencoe seventh with consecutive singles. Sprecher then also singled with a check-swing dribbler down the first-base line, loading the bases with no outs.
With one out in the frame, Crimson Tide senior Nolan Dempster drove in both pinch runner Derek Bond and Valley to cut the Sherwood lead to 5-4. After a walk loaded the bases, Garrett Coussens was hit by a pitch, forcing in Sprecher with the tying run.
Following a strikeout for the second out of the frame, Glencoe junior Kyle Kirwan walked on a 3-1 pitch, bringing home Dempster with the winning run.
'We played well enough to win, but they got it done when it counted,' Duppenthaler said.
Duppenthaler started on the mound for Sherwood and turned in a strong pitching performance. In six-plus innings of work he gave up four runs (two earned) while scattering eight hits. He struck out six while walking just one. He also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a run and an RBI.
Karpeles and Setere each also had a pair of hits in the contest. Campbell, Gray and Hickok added on hit apiece.
Wade was the winning pitcher for the Bowmen in the April 23 game against Glencoe. He gave up two runs on three hits while striking out six in six and two-thirds innings of work. Erwin got the last out to record the save.
Ellis gave Glencoe a 2-0 lead with a two-run home run in the top of the third. Sherwood tied the game at 2-2 when Erwin singled in both Campbell and Wade in the bottom of the frame. Erwin then knocked in Wade with what turned out to be the tying run in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Glencoe won the third game of the series, 6-2, Friday in a game played at Glencoe High School. With that win, the Crimson Tide moved into a first-place tie with the Bowmen, each standing at 13-2 in NWOC play following Friday's game.
On Tuesday, the Bowmen opened a three-game series with Century by scoring a 5-3 win in a game played at Hillsboro Stadium. The teams were scheduled to play again on Wednesday. Results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press. Sherwood and Century finish their series Friday with a 4:30 p.m. game at Sherwood High.
On Tuesday, the Bowmen will face St. Helens in a game starting at 4:30 p.m. at PGE Park.
Wednesday will be Tristan Rychlick Day at the Sherwood High School baseball field when the Bowmen host St. Helens in a Northwest Oregon Conference game starting at 4:30 p.m.
Rychlick is a Hopkins Elementary School first-grader who has been diagnosed with medulloblastoma, a brain tumor.
Sherwood is hoping that people will make a donation to get into the game, with all of those proceeds and all concession monies going to the family.
Rychlick and his family will be at the game and he'll throw out the first pitch.