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Warriors dont bring fire, Sherwood roars


Aloha only notches one hit against Riley Moore

The fact that Sherwood's Riley Moore is a great pitcher who liquidated the Aloha OIBA baseball on a hot summer Tuesday doesn't bother Dillon Griffith.

Griffith can live on knowing Moore is an ace capable of bang-up performances such as the one-hitter he put on Aloha in the first round of the OIBA state tournament at Tigard High School.

What perturbed the Warrior outfielder is the Bowmen senior barely broke a sweat in browbeating Aloha, 5-0. Moore rarely raised a finger, throwing just 78 pitches over seven innings. The righty good enough without the assist of his opponent. In Griffith's opinion, the Warriors only aided his cause by not showing up ready to play.

“I don't think we competed at all,” said Griffin. “We didn't come out with energy. We have to want to compete, want to play. That's what we have to do the rest of this tournament. I want to see players who want to be here. If we want to compete in Metro (in the spring), we have to do it in the summer, too.” by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Aloha second baseman Josh Williams said the Warriors have to be more competitive and aggressive at the plate.

In Aloha's defense, the Warriors played the equivalent of four games in three days, having gone the full three play-in games with Grant over the weekend just to reach the OIBA first round. One of the contests stretched to 15 innings, in fact. However, Griffin wasn't having it.

“That isn't an excuse, we just have to come with the energy,” said Griffin. by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Aloha rightfielder Blake Lorenzen tries to track down a flyball against Sherwood.

Sherwood scored twice in the second inning on sacrifice bunts. One bunt attempt was thrown away by the Warriors at third base, trying to get the force out with a man on second base. The Bowmen added tally with a suicide squeeze down the third baseline to go up 2-0.

Moore took Aloha for a ride all afternoon, allowing just one infield single to Blake Lorentz. Griffin said the Warriors' hitting problems were fixable if they can be more truculent both in their swings and approaches. Second baseman Josh Williams alleged the Warriors need to stop being so relaxed at the dish.

“We weren't aggressive enough,” said Williams. “We were going up there looking at good pitches that we should've swung at. He wasn't anything that we haven't seen yet... we just weren't aggressive at the plate.”

Aloha's starting hurler Evan Lascelles kept pace with Moore through the fifth, before Sherwood brought home a run with a RBI single and scored on a Warrior error. by: TIMES PHOTO: MATT SINGLEDECKER - Aloha starting pitcher Evan Lascelles threw five innings against Sherwood.

Lascelles pitched five innings, striking out two and yielding five hits.

“We definitely could've competed a lot harder,” said Lascelles. “We were down on energy and could've done a lot better. We just have to be more consistent and bring it every day. He had some good stuff, it wasn't too hard but we weren't really on.”

It was a discouraging ending to a summer of regular progress for the Warriors. Next season they'll have Tige McSwain back as head coach, the first time in nearly four years Aloha will have the same coach at the helm for back-to-back years. Griffin, Williams, Nick and Nate Christophersen put forward the veteran guidance and offensive numbers expected of them and will asked to do more in the spring.

Individually the Warriors have talent, Williams says. But, they can't pick and choose when they're going to put on their best effort. It has to be a nonstop spark.

“When we come with the energy and want to play we compete with good teams,” said Williams. “But, then there's games where we don't compete at all and it shows.”