Tualatin softball team wraps up the TRL title
SHERWOOD — The Tualatin High School softball team made it official.
And the Timberwolves did it in bombs-away fashion.
Tualatin, getting home runs from sophomore Emily Johansen and junior Zoe Olivera, clinched sole possession of the Three Rivers League title by powering its way to a 15-3 win over Sherwood in a league game played May 10 at Sherwood High School.
"It's cool," Olivera said of the league crown. "It's my first with the team."
"It's an honor for the seniors," Johansen added. "They've done it all four years."
"That's really cool for them," Olivera said.
With the victory, Tualatin improved to 13-0 in TVL games (19-3 overall) at that point, putting them two games ahead of second-place Tigard with just one game left to play at that time.
The Wolves, who hold the No. 7 spot in the final OSAA power rankings, will open the Class 6A state playoffs on Monday, when they host Lincoln in a first-round contest.
"We want to sweep league," Johansen said. "But the playoffs will be a big part of our focus."
"I think was have a chance to go far," Olivera said.
"Yeah, we can go far," Johansen added.
With the loss, Sherwood moved to 1-12 in TRL play, and to 1-22 on the season, to that point.
"We battled, but we made a lot of mistakes," Lady Bowmen sophomore Josie Reid said. "We just need to put everything together."
Tualatin got off to a flying start to last week's game at Sherwood.
Timberwolf senior Amanda Reser doubled to lead off the game. Tualatin freshman Bella Valdes followed with a double of her own, driving in Reser to give the Wolves a quick 1-0 lead.
One out later, Johansen ripped a two-run home run over the fence in center field, giving Tualatin an early 3-0 advantage.
"I was just trying to get Bella in," Johansen said. "I didn't know it was going to go out."
"You hit it really well," Olivera said to Johansen. "We all knew it was going to be a home run."
Tualatin added another run in the bottom of the second inning. Junior Megan Woodward hit a one-out double to right-center field. Reser then hit her second double of the game, driving in junior courtesy runner Kayla Laird to up the lead to 4-0.
The Wolves scored four more times in the top of the third inning. Junior Ella Hillier had the big hit in the frame with a double that plated both Johansen and Olivera. Woodward added an RBI on a sacrifice fly and Reser singled in a run during the inning.
Sherwood, trying to fight back scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the third. Junior Rachel Guthrie and freshman Morgan Hodge had back-to-back singles to lead off the inning. Reid ended up driving in Guthrie with a one-out single. Freshman Olivia Dirks drove in the other Lady Bowmen run on a groundout.
But Sherwood wouldn't get any closer. Olivera singled in both Johansen and junior Taylor Alton in the top of the fourth to up the margin to 10-2.
Then, with out out in the top of the sixth inning, Olivera launched a solo home run to center field to make the score 11-2.
"I was happy," Olivera said. "I had been struggling, so that gives me a big boost of confidence."
Johansen was there outside the Tualatin dugout to meet Olivera after her home run.
"We have a contest going," Johansen said.
"It's a friendly competition," Olivera added with a smile.
Laird added a two-run single later in the sixth inning and senior Sammi Caron had a two-run triple to up the Tualatin lead to 15-2.
Sherwood got a run in the bottom of the sixth, when sophomore J.J. Pringle hit a leadoff single and ended up scoring on a Tualatin throwing error, to make the final score 15-3.
"Everyone got the bats going," Olivera said.
Tualatin, as a team, had 18 hits in the victory.
Reser helped lead the way, going 5 for 5 at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored and two RBIs.
Olivera went 3 for 4 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs. Johansen went 2 for 4 with a home run, a double, three runs scored and two RBIs. Woodward went 2 for 3 with a double, a run scored and an RBI.
Woodward also picked up the pitching win, giving up one unearned run on four hits, while striking out nine and walking none in five and two-thirds innings pitched.
For Sherwood, Guthrie went 2 for 3 with a run scored.
"We have potential," Reid said. "We just need to bring it all together."
On Friday, Tualatin completed its league sweep by getting an 8-5 win over West Linn in a game that was moved to Rosemont Ridge Middle School.
Olivera hit another home run in that contest. Alton went 2 for 4 with a double and two runs scored. Woodward and sophomore Andrea Gomez each doubled.
Sherwood fell 8-1 at Tigard on Friday.
Freshman Emily Knott had two hits and scored the Lady Bowmen run in that game.
The Wolves have a pair of non-league games prior to their playoff game with Lincoln. They were scheduled to host Dallas on Wednesday (results of that game weren't available when the Times went to press). Today (Thursday), Tualatin will host West Salem at 5 p.m.
Tualatin, if it wins its state playoff opener with Lincoln, will host either West Linn or McMinnville in a state playoff second-round game on Wednesday.