SHERIDAN — Despite some turbulent innings early in the game, the Sheridan Jets scored eight runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to end the game with a 10-0 victory against Powell during the second day of the Wyoming American Legion Baseball State B Tournament.
Trevor Stowe started the tidal wave of runs early in the bottom of the fifth inning, hitting a sacrifice bunt that advanced Brock Steel to second base. Sheridan scored six runs before Stowe stepped in the batter’s box again. Stowe struck the final blow with a triple that sent David Almaraz and Brock Steel home from second and first bases.
The Jets scored their first two runs of the game in the first inning. Sheridan struggled in the next three innings, unable to gain traction offensively. Sheridan started rolling in the fifth inning and never looked back.
“The old saying hitting is contagious proves true right there,” Austin Cowen, Sheridan Jets head coach said. “It really started with Trevor Stowe executing a bunt, playing some unselfish baseball. Then the flood gates opened and everybody hit.”
Defensively the Jets started Hunter Stone on the mound for the first four innings and finished with Rich Hall in the fifth inning. The two pitchers combined for a no-hitter. Powell was able to put two runners on base due to errors. Stone lit up the strike zone, throwing strikes 69% of the time and striking out four batters.
Stone said he felt a little nervous at first but settled down after a couple of pitches. Stone and the Jets’ defense ended the second, third and fourth innings quickly by taking out the first three batters of each inning. Stone struck out one batter in each of those innings.
First baseman Caden Steel said they were able to shut down Powell defensively. Stone threw strikes and Powell sent grounders to the Jets defense. Sheridan fielded most of the balls cleanly and played good defense, Caden Steel said.
“Stone attacks with his fastball,” Cowen said. “He challenges hitters saying ‘here it is, try to hit it.’ Powell put a couple of balls in play and our defense was locked in as well.”
Cowen pulled Stone at 55 pitches, leaving him eligible to pitch on Sunday. Hall pitched less than 20 pitches,making him available for pitching duties Friday.
“Pitching-wise with this new bracket format, it is key to be under the pitch counts so that we can utilize guys for more than one game,” Cowen said. “Pitching wise I think we are sitting well and we are where we want to be.”
Sheridan looks to carry this momentum into the next game against Cody, who defeated Evanston by a single run just prior to the Jets game against Powell. The game is Friday at 7 p.m.
“Hopefully the momentum will carry into tomorrow night,” Cowen said. “We got Cody tomorrow night and they have been playing good baseball.”
Evanston plays Laramie and Powell faces Cheyenne, both in elimination games. Rock Springs and Gillette were eliminated Thursday by Laramie and Cheyenne.