SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Jets finished their Rapid City tournament with a win Sunday.
They beat the Rapid City Bullets 8-5 to finish 3-2 in the RC22 Big Stick Tourney that began Thursday.
“We ended the tournament on a good note,” head coach Ryan Murner said. “I thought we competed well, forced the Bullets to make plays and stayed focused throughout.”
Davis Alden pitched five strong innings, allowing four earned runs on seven hits with three strikeouts. Blake Godwin closed with two innings of work, allowing two hits and none earned.
Godwin and James Timberlake were each 2-4 at the plate as the Jets took an early 6-1 lead, sealing the win with a run in each the sixth and seventh innings.
“This tournament was a good experience for the players to see a quality field of opponents, play in a great facility and gain the tournament experience we will need for the second half the season,” Murner added.
The Jets routed a team from Canada Saturday, 14-6, before falling to Sioux Falls, 9-8.
“Saturday, we did enough against the Canadian team to give ourselves a cushion and get the win,” Murner explained. Godwin pitched the full five-inning mercy rule outing, striking out six. Tyler Stauffer and Timberlake each had two RBIs and three Jets were 2-4 at the plate.
“We didn’t play well defensively, but we did capitalize on some mistakes they made and got ourselves some runs.”
“In the Sioux Falls game we were flat,” Murner said. “We made so many mistakes mentally, at the plate and in the field that we let their team hang around and they beat us with a single up the middle to score two runs that ended the game.”
Sheridan led 8-5 after four innings. Mason Lube had three RBIs. Late Friday, the Jets were defeated by the Rapid City Expos 11-3. Michael Larsen had two RBIs.
The Jets (9-18) play at the Gillette Riders Wednesday before hosting the Billings Regulators at 1 and 3:30 p.m. Saturday at Thorne-Rider Stadium.
Idle this past weekend, the Troopers (9-11) will play in the Black Hills Classic this weekend, beginning at 10 a.m. Friday with a game against Rapid City 320. They follow with a game at 12:30 p.m. and three more over the weekend.
They have a scheduled make-up game Tuesday, July 2 with League AA foe the Gillette Roughriders. First pitch is set for 6 p.m. at Thorne-Rider Stadium.