SHERIDAN — The Sheridan Jets nearly upended a Colorado U16 team to begin their Rapid City tournament Thursday afternoon.

Max Lube was two for three with two RBIs in the Jets first game 8-6 loss at the Rapid City Big Stick Tourney.

“I thought we competed well today,” head coach Ryan Murner said. He had expressed frustration Tuesday night after the Jets (7-16) finished an 2-8 stretch over the past few weeks.

“In the third inning we allowed them to get few hits and gave their team a big inning,” Murner said. “The early innings we struggled to find our offense but we rebounded.

“We were able to score some runs with quality at bats and two strike hitting in the following innings. We played well but couldn’t overcome the early deficit. I’m proud of the guys for battling until the end.

Hopefully we can will continue to play better baseball and pick up a victory (today).”

Sheridan trailed 6-0 after four innings and scored six runs in the final three.

Kendall Walters recorded the first 14 outs, throwing 97 pitches and allowing four earned while walkings seven. Davis Alden came on in relief and pitched one and one third innings, striking out one.

Alden and Lube had doubles, and Mason Lube had two RBIs to match his brother’s output.

Sheridan was scheduled to play Rapid City 22 Expos at noon today.

They play tomorrow morning at 7:30 a.m. against a team from Canada and their results will determine later weekend games.