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SHERIDAN — After a long playoff series, the Sheridan Jets wrapped up the American Legion ‘B’ State Tournament on Sunday, but unfortunately did not come out on top.
It was a late start for the Sheridan Jets in Saturday night’s matchup against the Gillette Rustlers, but that extra practice time didn’t seem to matter.
The Rustlers literally came out swinging, with a home run from Tyler Stark and an RBI single from Derek Hooker. The quick start put the Rustlers up 4-0 at the bottom of the first inning.
It wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Jets finally put some runs on the board.
Max Lube hit a double, followed by a single from Blake King, and a single from Dominic Miller that brought Lube home.
“They got some runs early on us, and we didn’t hit the ball very well until about the middle of the game,” Jets coach Ryan Murner said.
The Jets fell to Gillette 8-2 Saturday night then had to come back Sunday morning to face Cheyenne.
Murner said the players needed to get some rest to come back and play a long day of baseball if they wanted to take home the championship.
Sunday morning didn’t offer any such rest for the Sheridan Jets.
Cheyenne started out the first inning with two runs before the momentum came to a halt, with just one more run from Cheyenne until the fifth inning.
In the fifth, Noah Gustafson stood on the pitching mound and Dawson Cooley came up to bat for Cheyenne. Gustafson threw the perfect pitch for Cheyenne, giving Cooley an RBI triple.
Cheyenne ended the Jets championship hopes with a 6-0 final score Sunday morning.
Though fatigue may have been an issue, Murner said it shouldn’t be an excuse.
“Everybody else has to play a lot of games, and they were just a little bit better than us today,” he said. “Basically we didn’t hit the ball well; our bats went silent the last two nights, and we put a lot of pressure on the pitching and on the defense.”
However, the Jets had a good season and Murner is proud of how far they have come.
“They have improved a ton since where we began, so that’s what’s important,” Murner said. “Hopefully they’ll get better and come back next year.”
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