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SHERIDAN — After three losses in the southernmost portion of the state, Sheridan returns home for the final time tonight.
After being swept by Laramie Monday, the Troopers (19-23, 2-2 in League AA) lost to Cheyenne Post 6, 14-4, Tuesday night in Cheyenne, dropping to .500 in conference as they prepare for their final two games of the season. They get two tries against the Casper Oilers to come out on the right side of League AA play, beginning tonight at Thorne-Rider Stadium.
The Oilers defeated the Gillette Roughriders 4-3 Tuesday in Casper.
In Cheyenne, Sheridan was outmatched from the start, giving up seven runs in the first inning as Post 6 improved to 3-1 in league play.
Casper is 1-2 in conference, with Gillette following in standings as of Wednesday at 1-2, with their lone win coming over Sheridan July 2.
Skyler Holwell took the start for Sheridan, lasting just three innings as the runs piled up among seven hits and five walks. When Post 6 added two in the third, all nine runs were earned for Holwell and he departed.
Sheridan’s offense found life in the top of the fifth inning when Tony Mort’s double scored Matt Mullinax from first. Mort scored on Skyler Holwell’s single, and Connor McCafferty scored Will O’Dell and Holwell with a single to right.
Cheyenne added four more in the bottom of the sixth and another in the seventh to force the 10-run rule and end the contest.
Despite fielding an error-free game, Sheridan walked seven Post 6 batters as Cheyenne went 14-31 at the plate. Post 6 pitcher Charlie O’Grady went six innings and allowed four runs on six hits. Sheridan defeated Cheyenne (44-22 overall) in early May in the two teams’ only other matchup this year.
Tonight’s first pitch is set for 6 o’clock. Sheridan fell to Casper (48-21 overall) two weeks ago in Cheyenne, 15-1, in a non-conference tournament matchup and the two teams’ only other meeting so far this year. Gillette is at Post 6 tonight.
Box score: July 23, Sheridan at Cheyenne
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 R H E
SHERIDAN 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 4 6 0
CHEYENNE 7 0 2 0 0 4 1 14 14 1
Troop hitting: 2B: T. Mort; RBI: S. Holwell, C. McCafferty 2, T. Mort SAC: M. Mullinax
Post 6 hitting: 2B: Followell, Calahan; RBI: Johnson, Block 2, Lopez, Ashley 2, Followell 2, Calahan, Anderson 3, Maggard; SAC: Ashley, Calahan
Troop pitching: Holwell 3.0 IP 7 H, 9 ER, 5BB, 2 K; Eisele 3.0 IP, 7 H, 4ER, 1BB, 0K; McCafferty 0.1IP 2H, 1ER, 0K
Post 6 pitching: O’Grady 6.0 IP, 6H, 4ER, 4K; Trujilla 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 0K.