SHERIDAN — The Jets struggled early on the mound, and Casper took advantage as the two teams opened their State ‘B’ Tournament Thursday night in Sheridan.
Casper beat Sheridan 11-0 in the first game of pool play. Sheridan will play Laramie today at 7 p.m. to determine seeding for Saturday’s single-elimination round.
“We were just out played today,” head coach Ryan Murner said. “We missed on our locations, made quite a few mental mistakes, and couldn’t find ways to extend innings.
“Casper put up runs on us early and unfortunately we couldn’t find a way to get any momentum.”
He said he hoped for better from his team today. Laramie has yet to open their tournament, and Cheyenne beat Gillette 10-1 in the only other game yesterday.
Blake Godwin started for the Jets, but was chased after a 5-0 Casper lead swelled in the second inning. Davis Alden went three innings in relief, allowing two earned runs, and Caleb Hoopes got the final three outs before the 10-run rule took effect.
Sheridan’s offense was limited. James Timberlake was two for two at the plate.
Winners out of the two three-team pools will receive a bye, meaning they’ll play Saturday afternoon against winners of Saturday morning first-round games.
As for tonight, this will be the first time the Jets have played Laramie in 2013.
Box score: Casper 11, Sheridan 0
1 2 3 4 5 R H E
CASPER 3 7 0 2 0 11 11 0
SHERIDAN 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 3
Casper: 2B: O. Anderson RBI: O. Anderson 3, K. Eastlund 3, C. Dahl, D. Lopez SF: O. Anderson ROE: Miller, Salazar FC: C. Dahl HBP: Miller SB: O. Anderson, K. Eastlund 2, Miller, B. Shumate 2, Salazar: Hitting: 11-26, 8RBI, 6BB, 3K
Sheridan: SB: T. Stauffer; Hitting: 6-20, 4BB, 0RBI, 6K
9 a.m. Cheyenne vs. Jackson
Noon Laramie vs. Casper
3 p.m. Jackson vs. Gillette
7 p.m. Sheridan vs. Laramie