Troopers finish 3-2 at Memorial Day tourney
Date posted: May 28, 2013
SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Troopers ended with a loss, but finished 3-2 at a weekend Memorial Day tournament in Gillette.
After a 10-2 loss to the Gillette Rustlers Sunday, an 8-7 loss last night to the Gillette Roughriders concluded their weekend.
Sheridan re-took the field after a 12-day break due to rainouts, improving their overall record to 8-5 this season.
Monday night, Skyler Holwell took the mound for his second start of the weekend, throwing four innings and allowing five runs on nine hits. He struck out five.
Will O’Dell had three RBIs, but Sheridan played from behind for most of the game. Trailing 8-6 entering the seventh and final inning, the Troopers started a rally when O’Dell singled and scored Drew Adriaens, but Christian Mayer grounded out to end the game.
Game 4: Sheridan 14, Billings Halos 2
Sheridan opened Monday with a blowout 14-2 win over the Billings Halos.
Adriaens showed his usual dominance on the mound, throwing four innings and allowing just one run on two hits while fanning eight. The Trooper’s ace worked quickly, throwing just 57 pitches, 40 of which were strikes.
O’Dell came on in relief for the final three outs in what turned out to be a five-inning mercy rule game.
Adriaens had three RBIs and Kaul Eisele had two as Sheridan knocked in 11 hits in the contest. Eisele and Matt Mullinax each had a triple in the game.
Game 3: Gillette Rustlers 10, Troopers 2
Holwell hit a triple in the first inning, scoring Drew Adriaens and Connor McCafferty, but that would be Sheridan’s only offensive life of the game as they fell 10-2 to the Gillette Rustlers Sunday.
In their lone game Sunday, the Troop started a youngster on the mound in Tyler Stauffer, just a freshman, and he went three full innings, allowing no runs on two hits while walking seven, eventually giving up the lead in the fourth on walked batters. Gillette led 4-2 after three innings.
Mayer came on in relief, and Gillette took a 7-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth, eventually ending the game in the fifth with a tournament eight-run-rule.
Sheridan committed four errors in the loss. Connor McCafferty had the team’s only other hit, a double in the first inning.
Game 2: Troopers 10, Rock Springs 2
Opening their tournament with two wins on Saturday, Sheridan beat Rock Spring 10-2 that afternoon.
Kevin Bakkehaug had three RBIs and Adriaens had two as the team backed up a stellar performance from young pitcher Zach Blaney.
Blaney threw the full five-inning game, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out 13 and walking only four.
The Troop recorded nine RBIs on seven hits, taking a 6-0 lead in the second inning and never looking back.
Game 1: Sheridan 11, Regina Saskatchewan 6
Sheridan opened its tournament in Gillette with an 11-6 barn burner victory over Regina Saskatchewan that featured five lead changes.
A five-run ninth inning from Sheridan broke a 6-6 tie and sealed the win.
Holwell pitched three strong innings, allowing two runs and striking out two while giving up four hits.
Ethan Hoopes was 4-4 in the game, hitting two doubles in the nine-inning game. Mark Munson had three RBIs and a double.
McCafferty allowed two runs in three innings of relief on the mound and Bakkehaug gave up one run on three hits.