SHERIDAN—Lightning struck, both figuratively and literally, for the Sheridan Jets as a late rally gave them an 11-8 lead over Gillette Prep before the game was called due to weather on Tuesday night at Thorne-Rider Stadium.
As the clouds rolled in, the Jets dug themselves a hole, struggling to keep Gillette off the board.
Jets pitcher Nolan McCafferty gave up five hits and walked two batters in his three innings on the mound, resulting in six runs for the opposing team.
Max Lube relieved McCafferty after three innings, but Gillette scored two more runs in the fourth inning, giving them an 8-4 lead over Sheridan.
After some inconsistency at the plate through the first four innings, the Jets came alive in the bottom of the fifth, which would end up being the final inning of the game.
Down four runs, the Jets loaded the bases with only one out in the inning. After a walk brought in the runner from third base, Sheridan’s Andrew Ratty hit a single that scored two more runs.
The play of the game came from Sheridan’s Dominic Miller, as he laid down a squeeze bunt to score the tying run from third. Davis Alden immediately followed Miller’s bunt with another single that scored two more runs for the Jets. A sacrifice fly brought in the final run of the game, before the two teams headed to the dugouts because of rain, the Jets leading by three runs.
Although rain ended the scoring parade early, the Jets held onto an 11-8 lead when the game was finally called, giving the Jets the victory over Gillette.
The Jets will travel to Rapid City, South Dakota, this weekend to play in the Big Stick Tournament. Their first game is Thursday at noon.