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SHERIDAN — It was an up and down weekend for the Sheridan Jets as they finished 2-2 at the Rapid City Big Stick Tournament in Rapid City, South Dakota.
The Jets jumped out to a good start in their first game of the tournament against Legend High School (Colorado) on Thursday, but couldn’t finish it out, losing 9-6.
After scoring two quick runs in the first inning, the Jets added two more and carried a 4-3 lead into the top of the sixth inning when things fell apart.
“I thought we competed, but we didn’t execute when we needed it,” Jets coach Ryan Murner said. “Our mistakes led to a big inning for their team, and we could not keep our focus to limit the damage.”
The Jets gave up six runs in the inning. They scored two runs in the bottom of the inning, but were unable to makeup for their errors, losing the game 9-6.
On Friday, The Jets brushed off their mistakes from the day before and carried their positives into a 9-2 win over the Rapid City 22 Expos.
Sheridan’s Jeff Shanor threw a complete game, only allowing six hits and two runs for the Expos. Shanor’s teammates backed up his solid pitching at the plate, scoring their nine runs on 13 hits.
“This was our best all-around performance of the season,” Murner said. “We pitched well, fielded behind our pitcher, and hit the ball hard today. We talked about closing out games and working hard through every pitch of the game. It was nice to see us execute on our opportunities.”
Unfortunately, the solid all-around play didn’t carry over into Saturday, and the Jets lost 15-1 to Creighton (Nebraska) Prep.
The Jets only recorded two hits at the plate while accumulating nine errors in the field.
“We were flat from the beginning at the plate, on the mound and in the field,” Murner said. “Our mistakes compounded on top of one another and the ballgame was out of reach.”
The Jets held Creighton scoreless in the first inning but gave up at least two runs in each consecutive inning before a 10-run rule in the fifth inning ended the game.
Sheridan didn’t have time to hang their heads after the loss, though, taking the field against the Rapid City Bullets on Saturday.
The Jets bounced back from their early morning defeat, crushing the Bullets 11-3 before rain ended the game in the fourth inning.
Trailing 2-1 after one inning, the Jets got hot at the plate, scoring six runs in the second inning. They followed up with three more runs in the third inning and another in the fourth before the umpires called the game due to rain.
Their three-day record of 2-2 put the Jets in the fifth- and sixth-place game on Sunday, but Sunday’s games were all canceled due to the poor weather.
The Jets will look to continue their solid end to the weekend when they travel to Billings to play the Billings Cardinals today at 1 and 3 p.m.