Jets catcher Mason Lube attempts to tag out a runner at home plate Sunday at Thorne-Rider Park during the Jets 11-6 loss to the Billings Angels. The ball was knocked loose and the runner called safe. Sheridan plays at home Tuesday at 5 and 7 p.m., against the Casper Roughnecks. (The Sheridan Press/Brad Estes)Jets catcher Mason Lube attempts to tag out a runner at home plate Sunday at Thorne-Rider Park during the Jets 11-6 loss to the Billings Angels. The ball was knocked loose and the runner called safe. Sheridan plays at home Tuesday at 5 and 7 p.m., against the Casper Roughnecks. (The Sheridan Press/Brad Estes)

Jets lose two to Billings

SHERIDAN — The Jets finished a stretch of six straight games with Billings teams with two losses Sunday at home.

They fell 11-1 and 11-6 at Thorne-Rider Park yesterday, and now they’ll prepare for another home game with the Casper Roughnecks tomorrow night.

In the first game Sunday, the Jets were no-hit and mercy-ruled after five innings. Brady Durheim struck out 10, walking one and allowing a sacrifice fly to Max Lube that scored Sheridan’s only run. Durheim threw 66 pitches.

James Timberlake threw all five innings for Sheridan, allowing three earned runs and striking out two, hitting three batters. The Jets had four errors.

“We faced two tough pitchers today that kept us off balance and threw great games,” head coach Ryan Murner said Sunday night. “Our approach at the plate hurt us because we chased so many pitches out of the zone. We gave up too many at bats to have a chance offensively.”

In the second game, the Jets were tied with the Angels after two innings, but a four-run third and a two-run fourth by the Angels built a lead the Jets wouldn’t shrink. The Angels added four more runs in the sixth, withstanding a four-run rally by Sheridan in the bottom of the seventh.

Blake Godwin was 2-4 at the plate and Max Lube and Kris Clark had RBIs. Davis Alden and Kendall Walters combined for seven innings of work on the mound, each allowing four runs.

“I thought we pitched well, but our mistakes defensively continue to get compounded,” Murner said. “We have to find the balance. The potential of our team is only limited to our work ethic and dedication.

“I believe that we can have a great amount of success this season.”

Sheridan (6-14) after a series of rainouts is finally stringing games together and will play the Roughnecks at 5 and 7 p.m. Tuesday at Thorne-Rider Park. They’ll travel to Rapid City for a four-day tournament this weekend.

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