Kendall Walters makes contact in the first game Tuesday at Thorne-Rider. (The Sheridan Press/Brad Estes)Kendall Walters makes contact in the first game Tuesday at Thorne-Rider. (The Sheridan Press/Brad Estes)

Jets split with Roughnecks

SHERIDAN — After a frustrating first game, the Sheridan Jets maintained some consistent offense to split with the Casper Roughnecks Tuesday night in Sheridan. The Jets fell behind early, losing 7-5 in game one, but earned an 8-4 win in the night cap.

“The team got a split tonight, but I felt that we made too many mistakes all around,” head coach Ryan Murner lamented. “Mistakes defensively, on the base paths and from the mound gave Casper extra bases and runs today.”

Sheridan committed six total errors in the two games, something they’ve battled this year. The young had similar struggles in their last two doubleheaders; seven Sunday against the Billings Angels, and 10 Thursday against the Billings Cardinals.

Tuesday night, Caleb Hoopes went six and 1/3 innings while giving up four earned and walking five, striking out six. Sheridan out-hit the Roughnecks, but were unable to overcome a 7-2 deficit entering the final two innings of game one. Sheridan added three runs in the sixth and seventh, their rally coming up just short.

Blake Godwin’s two-run single sparked the rally and Max Lube got his second RBI of the game in the seventh, scoring the Jets final run.

“We have to play a better mental game and shore up easy opportunities for our opponents,” Murner said. “I believe our team has a much higher ceiling than what we played today.”

In the doubleheader, Sheridan out-hit Casper 16-7. Three Jets were 2-4 at the plate in the second game win: Max Lube, Turner Martini and James Timberlake. Mason Lube had 2 RBIs on one hit.
Godwin went six and 1/3 innings, allowing the three hits, four earned runs while walking five and striking out six.

Sheridan (7-15) will travel to Rapid City for four days of games beginning Thursday.
They play a Colorado U16 team at noon tomorrow, the RC22 Expos Friday at noon and then a team from Canada at 7:30 a.m. Saturday.

Their later weekend matchups will be determined by their early game results.

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