Five-run third big for Jackets

SHERIDAN – Sheridan scored five runs in the third inning and senior Keaton Ramsey pitched a complete game as the Yellowjackets defeated the White Hall Bulldogs 5-4 Monday night.

“I don’t think we have had an inning where we have scored that many runs in one inning all year,” Sheridan head coach Mike Moore said. “Runs have come at a premium for us and we have really struggled to score runs.”

Sheridan (6-6, 1-3 in 7A/6A-South) seniors Caleb Hollinger and Garrett Williams led off the bottom of the third with back-to-back walks. They moved to second and third on a sacrifice bunt by senior Chase Daniels.

Sophomore Tadd Daggett hit a RBI single to plate Hollinger and sophomore Hunter Strong hit a RBI single to give Sheridan a 2-1 lead.

Senior Wyatt Daggettt loaded the bases with a single and a run was forced in following a walk to sophomore Evan Thompson.

Sheridan had lost three straight games coming into Monday’s non-conference game.

“That was good for our confidence,” Moore said. “White Hall is a really good team. For us to win, it just gives us a little boost of confidence going into this week.”

Ramsey pitched seven innings, allowing four runs (all earned) on four hits with three walks and a strikeout.

“Keaton has been real steady for us,” Moore said. “He usually starts one of our conference games each week.

“He’s just a little bulldog. I’m just hoping we play well enough behind him to win.”

For White Hall (6-3), junior Justin Archer is credited with the loss after pitching just one-third of an inning and allowing five runs (three earned) on three hits with three walks and no strikeouts.

White Hall starter Tyler Zuber pitched two innings with three walks, two strikeouts and no hits. Junior Garrett Keedy pitched 2 1/3 and allowed just one hit with a walk and a strikeout.

“We have two conference games this week,” White Hall head coach Skip Carr said. “So we are trying to get ready for that. We needed to get some kids in the game and see what they look like.

“I saw some good things with them, but that one inning hurt us.”

White Hall is also competing in a tournament in Batesville this weekend.

“I wanted to break it up a little bit and play a few people,” Carr said. “We don’t want to wear anybody out.”

Sophomore relief pitcher Daniel Sprinkle bounced back from his rough outing against Watson Chapel by pitching two scoreless innings. He struck out two batters and allowed just one hit.

“He was more relaxed today,” Carr said. “He came in throwing strikes, keeping it low and getting ahead in the count.

“He still needs to work on his off-speed stuff though.”

White Hall took a 1-0 lead in the first thanks to a RBI double by Zuber that plated Austin Lewis. The Bulldogs cut the deficit to 5-3 in the fifth inning.

Dillon James led off the fifth with a single and Archer reached on a infield single. A single by junior Aaron Johnston loaded the bases. A fielder’s choice allowed James to score and for Jase Wilson to reach first.

After Landon Reed was hit by a pitch, Percy Arnold reached on a fielder’s choice and picked up the RBI as Archer was able to score.

White Hall scored its final run in the sixth inning when Sprinkle hit a RBI double to plate Kirk Baugh from first.

The game, which was originally scheduled to be plated at White Hall, was moved to Sheridan after the rain nearly flooded White Hall’s field.