SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Jets continued their up-and-down trend of the season, splitting their doubleheader with Lovell on Saturday.
Game one of the doubleheader was another uphill climb, as the Jets gave up two runs in the first inning against Lovell. Another three runs in the bottom of the third gave Lovell an early 5-0 lead.
“We started slow offensively in the first game and gave up opportunities because of some base running mistakes,” Jets coach Ryan Murner said.
Along with those mistakes on the base paths, the Jets dug some holes for themselves on the pitcher’s mound.
“We fell behind in a lot of counts and had to give them good pitches to hit,” Murner said.
Despite a solid effort from starting pitcher Carl Geertz, his four walks led to his replacement in the middle of the third inning. Max Lube took over for Geertz on the mound, but was unable to minimize the damage, allowing three runs in the inning.
The Jets were able to respond in the second half of the game, scoring their four runs in the fourth, fifth, and sixth innings, but they couldn’t make up enough ground, losing game one, 6-4.
Sheridan wasn’t down for long, though, as they did what they’ve done time and time again this season, bouncing back in game two for a big 11-4 victory.
The Jets gave Lovell a taste of their own medicine, scoring three quick runs in the top of the first inning. They followed up with two more in the second and two more in the third to put Lovell in a 7-0 deficit.
“We came out much better in game two and put pressure on their pitcher right away,” Murner said. “We had quite a few quality at bats and threw strikes. That has been the key for us being successful, and hopefully we can continue to play well.”
Andrew Boint got the start for the Jets and only gave up four hits and two runs in his three innings on the mound. Andrew Ratty followed suit, only giving up two runs during his four innings pitching.
Carl Geertz and Noah Gustafson led the Jets at the plate. Geertz went 2-2 with three RBIs and Gustafson went 2-2 and scored four runs.
The Jets next take the field on Tuesday when they travel to Gillette for another doubleheader against Gillette JV.