SHERIDAN — After a wild 17-11 first game loss, the Sheridan Jets managed a split Saturday with Lovell at Thorne-Rider Stadium, taking the second game 6-3.
“Pitching was again the lesson we learned this weekend,” head coach Ryan Murner said. “In the first game we got down early because we weren’t in the strike zone.
“We put ourselves in such a hole that we couldn’t dig out of it,” he continued. “When we are aggressive in the strike zone, like in game two, things are so much easier.”
Three pitchers combined in the loss, and Caleb Hoopes held up Sheridan as he came on late with five and two thirds innings of relief while his team attempted a comeback. In the second game win, James Timberlake went the distance on the mound, allowing three runs on six hits. Davis Alden had two RBIs.
“Falling behind in counts and letting the defense get stale leads to big innings,” Murner said. “ If we can limit those type of innings, we should be successful.”
While the young team, 2-6 on the season, struggled from the defensive side, the Jets showed the ability to put the bat on the ball Saturday.
Clayton Dalton had four RBIs in the 11-run output, first-game loss and Kendall Walters had three. In all, the Jets had 19 hits in the doubleheader.
“We will continue to get better and now we are starting to get all the players back that were in spring sports,” Murner said.
The Jets are on the road until June 16. They play a doubleheader in Casper Sunday, beginning at 1 p.m.