SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Troopers played yet another high scoring game Friday night in Cheyenne, beating opposite group League AA opponent the Cheyenne Hawks 17-13 in a non-conference matchup.
A late three-run Drew Adriaens home run got Sheridan a lead into the seventh inning and they never looked back. Continuing his tear at the plate, Adriaens’ homer was his fifth in less than a week’s time.
Sheridan (2-1 conference, 14-16 overall) dropped their first League AA game this season, a 9-5 contest with Gillette Tuesday before they won two games to start their tournament in Cheyenne Thursday, scoring a combined 33 runs in two 10-run mercy rule wins.
Friday, Sheridan lost another starting pitcher to walks and a five-run first inning, but they managed to fight back. Sheridan was down 9-5 after two innings and on its third pitcher when the Hawks offense finally stalled, not scoring a run through the sixth inning, thanks to Will O’Dell’s relief pitching. Zach Blaney got the start and was pulled for Kevin Bakkehaug before O’Dell took over midway through the second inning after the Hawks went up 9-5.
O’Dell fought out of a runner-on-third threat in the bottom of the sixth inning to keep the Troop’s 10-9 lead, recording a groundout to get his team to the seventh before the homer.
The game was delayed by weather that pushed back tournament games earlier in the day, and full details were not available by press time Friday night. Sheridan plays at noon Saturday against an opponent still to be announced.