SHERIDAN — The Troopers finished with two losses and a win at the Black Hills Classic over the weekend.
Sheridan (11-15) fell 13-2 to Watertown, S.D. Saturday morning at the tournament in Rapid City after starting 1-1 in their games Friday.
Drew Adriaens was a bright spot offensively for Sheridan. He had two hits, including a home run.
The game ended in a 10-run rule after four and a half innings.
Watertown chased starter Christian Mayer with an eight-run first inning. Mayer gave up four hits, eight earned, walking five and striking out two.
Later Saturday, Sheridan dropped a contest with Miles City 13-10.
The two teams each had 13 hits on night, with a five-run sixth inning sealing the win for Miles City.
Adriaens was 3-4 at the plate with two RBIs. Mark Munson had three RBIs, going 2-4, and Tony Mort and Connor McCafferty each had two RBIs.
Skyler Holwell was strong through five innings of work as he gave up five earned with four strikeouts and five walks. Kaul Eisele allowed one run in two innings of relief.
Sheridan earned their second win of the weekend, over Wyoming competition, beating the Casper Drillers 9-4 Sunday.
Sheridan had 10 hits as pitcher Zach Blaney allowed three runs on one hit over four and two-thirds innings, getting the win.
After leading 3-0 early, Casper cut the Troop’s advantage to 5-3 entering the sixth and final inning. Sheridan secured the win with four runs in the bottom frame.
Will O’Dell and Eisele had two RBIs apiece and Tom Fenn was 2 for 2 at the plate with three RBIs.
After a sloppy 15-10 loss to the Billings Halos before heading to Rapid City, the 2-3 stretch at the tournament was encouraging offensively for Sheridan. Against the Halos, they managed only seven hits in the nine inning contest loss, striking out 20 times.
But, over the weekend, they had a batting average of .292, not striking out more than eight times as a team in any of their five contests.
Sheridan takes a break from a tournament-heavy schedule to play a make-up game with the Gillette Roughriders Tuesday night at Thorne-Rider Stadium. The two League AA opponents were scheduled to play June 11 but the game was scrapped due to heavy rain. Sheridan topped Gillette June 4, 5-3, on the road, and holds a 2-0 League AA mark entering Tuesday’s contest.
They’re back out on the road, playing in a tournament in Cheyenne beginning Thursday.