Sherwood looks strong again going into NWOC play

SHERWOOD — Promise.

The Sherwood High School baseball team looks to have plenty of it.

Sherwood also boasts a strong tradition.

Now, the Bowmen are looking to put that promise and tradition all together as they head into Northwest Oregon Conference play.

“We have the potential to be a good club,” Sherwood coach Jon Strohmaier said. “Our pitching is going well and we’re playing good defense. The question for us is that we have to find a way to put the ball into play on a more consistent basis. If we do that, we can be pretty good.”by: DAN BROOD - MOORE STRONG PITCHING -- Junior Riley Moore should be one of hte top pitchers for the Sherwood High School baseball team.

The Bowmen look to have some key returning players from last year’s squad that won the NWOC title at 19-2 while also going 24-5-1 on the season on their way to reaching the semifinal round of the Class 5A state playoffs.

Sherwood very well could rely on a deep pitching staff as it heads into league play.

That pitching staff could be led by junior right-hander Riley Moore.

“He could be our ace,” Strohmaier said.

Moore pitched well for the Bowmen last year as a sophomore and then followed that up with a strong summer season, which included a no-hitter in the season-ending OIBA tournament.

Junior Jake Reimer, who also had a solid summer campaign, looks to be another key starter for the Bowmen. The team’s other starter could be sophomore Zak Taylor.

Senior left-hander Charlie Paul, who is back with the Bowmen this year after not playing as a junior, could serve as a spot starter or long reliever.

Senior Anthony Sherwood, senior Joseph Chamberlain and senior Logan Dix will also pitch in a relief role. Senior Joseph Balfour, who was an honorable mention all-league pick last year as a pitcher while serving as the Bowmen’s closer, could be in that role again this year if he can get past some arm issues.

Senior Jake Urbach will start at catcher for the Bowmen. Taylor could also see some action there.

Taylor, who was a second-team all-league pick at first base last year as a freshman, moves to shortstop to help anchor the Sherwood infield this year.

“Without a doubt, he’s our best all-around player,” Strohmaier said. “He could be all-league at four different positions by the time he’s done here.”

Moore could be at shortstop when Taylor is playing elsewhere.

Balfour, a first-team all-league selection as an infielder last year, is one of a handful of Sherwood players that could see action at first base. Paul, Taylor and junior Travis Kotowski could also see time there.

Senior Colton Waker, a returning starter will be at second base. Dix and Reimer could also see action at second.

“We have depth there,” Strohmaier said.

Senior Alex Barzee will be at third base. Senior Jordan Morales and Chamberlain could also play there.

In the outfield, Sherwood will have senior Logan Ballarché in left field, senior Cyrus Mooney in center field and senior Anthony Sherwood in right field.

Senior T.J. Haimoto could see action in left field or in right field. Junior Keegan Lawrence could play at any of the three outfield spots.

“I feel good about our outfield,” Strohmaier said. “We’ve got good speed out there.”

In addition to all that speed, the Bowmen also have a lot of seniors on the roster.

“We’re a senior-loaded team without a whole lot of varsity experience,” Strohmaier said. “I’m looking forward for them to step up this year.’

As for the NWOC this season, Strohmaier sees a lot of competitive battles ahead.

“It will be a dogfight,” he said. “Wilsonville probably has the best pitching, and they’re probably the favorite. I’d say we’re in the top three, Putnam has some good players and Liberty has a lot of guys back.”

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