SHERIDAN — A long night on the field resulted in two tough losses for the Sheridan Jets as they battled against the Casper Drillers last night.
In the first game of their doubleheader, the Jets outhit the Drillers, but were unable to bring the runners around to score, losing 7-5.
Noah Gustafson was on the mound for the Jets. Gustafson threw a decent game, but didn’t find the strike zone on enough of his pitches, a problem the Jets have been trying to fix all season.
Gustafson gave up eight hits, but his five walks and three hit batters were the difference makers. The Drillers pitching staff didn’t walk a single batter.
Gustafson’s teammates helped build an early lead, scoring three runs in the first inning, but they struggled to score after their quick start.
Led by Blake King’s 3-4 hitting night, the Jets totaled 13 hits in the game, but couldn’t score when they needed it, ending the game with a 7-5 loss.
The Jets carried their strong hitting from game one into the second game but lost a tough 14-inning battle against the Drillers, 6-5.
Once again Sheridan jumped to an early lead, scoring the first five runs of the game through three-and-a-half innings but couldn’t get anything going after that.
Luckily, other than a four-run fourth inning for the Drillers, Nolan McCafferty pitched his best game of the season for the Jets.
McCafferty pitched a tremendous eight innings, throwing eight strikeouts and zero walks. He hit the strike zone on 65 percent of his pitches.
The game was tied 5-5 after seven innings before the Drillers finally scored the game-winning run in the bottom of the 14th inning.
“We had a couple of good games in Casper,” Jets coach Ryan Murner said. “The results didn’t turn out in our favor, but I thought we competed well in both games.”
Although his team wasn’t able to come home with a win, Murner was pleased with his team’s effort in a long night that was equivalent to three games played.
“It is tough when you don’t win the tight contests, but we battled all day and made good strides in improving our consistency,” Murner said.
The Jets will travel to Lovell for another doubleheader on Saturday. Game one is scheduled to start at 1 p.m.