Sherwood baseball is becoming something of a tradition in Creighton. Since the 2010 season the Marksmen are 56 – 28 and have advanced to the district title game the last two seasons. This year they are 15 – 6 and champions of the Crossroads conference.
On May 6, the Marksmen handed Adrian its 16th loss of the season by scoring 12 runs on 9 hits in a 12-1 victory. All nine of the Marksmen’s starters crossed the plate by the end of the second inning.
The team this year is younger than last year’s squad. They are already on track to win more games with fewer loses than the 2012 team that went 16 – 7.
“Pitching has been the strong point for us this year,” Sherwood coach Mark Pangborn said. “We recently set the school record for strikeouts in a season so that helps.”
So far this season the Marksmen’s pitchers have struck out 178 batters and own an earned run average of 2.01. Against Adrian, Sherwood’s hurlers struck out eight Blackhawks adding to the record setting totals.
Pangborn attributes Sherwood’s overall success largely to intangibles.
“ I try to create a positive atmosphere for the team and the program,” Pangborn said. “Team camaraderie is such a big thing. That’s half the battle when you are out here for five hours playing a varsity and junior varsity double-header.”
While team chemistry is crucial, talent is also required to add to the win column – and Sherwood has plenty of it.
Sophomore John Miles is the leadoff hitter and utility player for Marksmen. He has played third base, shortstop, catcher, and the outfield. At the plate he is patient hitter who is hitting over .400.
Senior Zach Matson is the vocal leader of the team. As a hitter he has a .333 batting average with 12 runs batted in. On the mound he leads the team with a 6-2 record and a 1.30 ERA.
The starting catcher, Hunter Davis, is a senior who has been an offensive machine over the last week and a half. At the Crossroads Conference tournament he was 15 of 18 at the plate. He leads the offense hitting .470 and has a 4 -1 record on the mound with a 1.18 ERA.
Matson, who signed with Crowder Community College as a pitcher, attributes this year’s success to coach Pangborn.
“I think it all starts with our coach,” Matson said. “He is a really good coach who has built up our program and made it where people want to come out and play.”