SHERIDAN — Another inconsistent day at the plate led to two more losses for the Sheridan Troopers on Sunday.
Rapid City 320 made the trip to Sheridan yesterday and handed the Troopers two losses in their doubleheader.
After Rapid City jumped to an early 2-0 lead through the first three innings, a bases clearing double in the top of the fourth put the Troopers in a 5-0 hole.
The Troopers were unable to dig themselves out, continuing their string of inconsistency at the plate, specifically against pitchers that throw with higher velocity.
“The tough thing about guys who have some velocity and kids who are young is that it’s not easy for them to make a quick adjustment,” Phillips said.
The Troopers were successful at the plate last week against a younger Summit team, but struggled to put the ball in play against Rapid City.
“You’ve got kids coming up from Babe Ruth who have rarely seen anybody throw harder than mid 70s,” Phillips said of the adjustments in pitch speed. “That’s something I knew we’d struggle with in our younger kids. Hopefully toward the end of the year they’ve made some adjustments as they’ve gotten more reps and grown up.”
The Troopers failed to score in game one, losing the game 7-0.
Game two saw some success at bat for Sheridan, but some miscues behind the plate led to another early deficit.
The Troopers trailed 1-0 after the first inning, and Rapid City scored another run on a wild pitch in the second.
Two more wild pitches in the fourth inning put two more runs on the board for Rapid City.
“Kyle (Atkinson) pitched well tonight,” Phillips said. “Those past balls were unfortunate, but wild pitches happen.
I wish they would have scored runs differently, but it was nice to get five innings out of Kyle. We’re going to need him to pitch well for us in the future.”
Despite some success at the plate for Sheridan, the scoreboard didn’t reflect it as they left numerous runners on base at the end of innings.
After leaving two runners stranded in the second inning, they left them loaded after the third.
After Coy Steel and Connor McCafferty each hit singles, Kris Clark’s ground-rule double in the bottom of the third scored one for the Troopers. Sheridan had the bases loaded with a chance to tie or take the lead, but struck out looking at the plate.
Another single by Steel scored another run for Sheridan in the fourth, but rain came before the Troopers had a chance to makeup for the early miscues behind the plate.
The game was called in the fifth inning, and the Troopers added another game to their loss column, 4-2.
The Troopers travel to Casper for a doubleheader on Wednesday starting at 5 p.m.