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SHERIDAN—Another day, another split doubleheader for the Sheridan Jets as they traveled to Cody Tuesday.
It’s been the story all season long. Win the first game, stumble and lose the second game. Struggle the first game, bounce back and win the second. Either way, the Jets can’t seem to find enough rhythm to win both games.
In the first game of the doubleheader in Cody, Sheridan battled at the plate to produce six runs on eight hits, winning the game 6-1.
Nolan McCafferty led the charge for the Jets, hitting 2-4 with an RBI and a run scored. Jeff Shanor also hit 2-4 and scored a run.
Noah Gustafson got the start for the Jets and threw six quality innings. Although he gave up nine hits, he was able to bail himself out of tight jams with some help from his defense. He only gave up one run and forced Cody to leave 12 runners on base.
Davis Alden came in on the last inning to get the save for Sheridan. Both Gustafson and Alden hit the strike zone on 64 percent of their pitches, which Coach Ryan Murner says is detrimental to his team’s success.
“One of the main keys today for us was pitching ahead in counts,” Murner said. “When we worked ahead, for the most part we got outs.”
The coach described his team’s performance yesterday as a “tale of Jekyll and Hyde,” and if game one was Jekyll, Hyde reared his ugly head in game two.
The Jets scored a quick run in the first inning, but that was the end of any scoring for them for the rest of the game. Cody responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the first before beating Sheridan 8-1.
Nolan McCafferty, Max Lube and Carl Geertz all found time on the mound, but none of them seemed to find the zone, only connecting with the strike zone on 51 percent of their combined pitches.
The Jets also committed four errors defensively, which didn’t make their deficit any easier to climb out of.
“We got sloppy defensively on some plays, and we need to fight through our adversity,” Murner said. “We had some bright spots, and we had areas that we need to improve upon. We will work hard to improve for our next games.”
Hopefully the Jets can keep Hyde in hibernation when they travel to Casper for their next two games next week. They play a doubleheader against Casper Prep on Tuesday.