SHERIDAN — Pine Bluff beat Sheridan 9-3 as the Zebras outplayed the Yellowjackets in almost every category Friday night at Oliver Williams Field.
“The bottom line is, Pine Bluff competed harder than us,” Sheridan head coach Mike Moore said. “They beat us in every category of the game.
“They outhit us, they outplayed us defensively, they outcoached us and they just beat us in every facet of the game.”
Pine Bluff (5-7, 2-4 in 7A/6A South) scored five runs over the last two innings, including three in the top of the seventh, to stretch its lead to seven runs.
“We hit the ball well and we didn’t get nervous,” Pine Bluff head coach Ryan Stinson said. “We played the game like it was supposed to be played.
“Things worked out in our favor today.”
Leading 6-2 heading into the top of the seventh, Pine Bluff senior Walter Ashley led off the inning with a triple toward left-center field. He scored on a RBI single by junior Adam Graham.
Senior Aaron McDonald singled and a walk to senior Demetrius Anderson loaded the bases. Freshman Jordan O’Guinn came through with a two-run single – his only hit of the game – to give Pine Bluff a 9-2 lead.
“They got a bunch of scrappy guys that can run,” Moore said. “You got to play to beat them. If you play, got a good chance to win, but if you don’t compete and plate at least at the level that they are playing at, they are going to beat you.”
Moore said he saw Pine Bluff play against El Dorado.
“I told our guys, ‘If we don’t show up and play our best game, they could slip up on us and beat us.’”
Sheridan (6-6, 1-4 in 7A/6A South) scored a run in the bottom of the seventh inning thanks to a RBI single by Evan Thompson. The Yellowjackets had the bases loaded with just one out, but McDonald picked up a strikeout and a fly ball to left field to end the game.
“I was very disappointed,” Moore said. “I don’t know any facet of the game in which we beat them.
“It was about as a thorough of a beat down as we have had in a while.”
Pine Bluff junior J’Marlos Johnson is credited with the win after allowing two runs (both earned) on five hits with a walk and three walks in five innings of work.
“He done a good job,” Stinson said. “He gave us what we needed. He said he could go five and he went five.”
McDonald closed out the game for Pine Bluff. He allowed one run (earned) on three hits with three strikeouts and a walk.
“We brought in Aaron and he did a great job,” Stinson said. “That’s what seniors do. They finish.”
Pine Bluff took a 3-1 lead in the second inning.
O’Guinn was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and Brandon Starks followed with a single. Junior Ti’Montai Bolden hit a two-run single to give the Zebras the 2-1 lead.
Bolden later scored after a stolen base and a wild pitch.
Sheridan’s Wyatt Daggett is tagged with the loss. He pitched 1 1/3 innings and allowed three runs (all earned) on two hits with two walks and a strikeout.
Senior Keaton Ramsey – who pitched a complete game on Monday – pitched two innings of relief on Friday and he allowed one run (earned) on three hits with a walk and two strikeouts. Senior Ryan Taylor pitched 1 1/3 and allowed two runs (one earned) on four hits with four walks and no strikeouts. Sheridan used five pitchers in the loss to the Zebras.
Sheridan took a 1-0 lead in the first inning when Wyatt Daggett hit a RBI single to plate Chase Davis from second. The Yellowjackets picked up another run in the second when Lathan Wylie singled and later scored on a wild pitch.
Pine Bluff scored a run in the fourth to take a 4-2 lead and two more in the sixth.
Starks hit a RBI single in the sixth and a walk to Bolden forced in a run.
For Pine Bluff, Graham finished 1 for 3 with a run scored and a RBI. McDonald was 3 for 5 with a run scored. Anderson was 2 for 3 with a run and two walks.
Starks was 2 for 2 with a run scored and a RBI. Ashley was 1 for 2 with two runs scored.
For Sheridan, Davis was 2 for 2 with two runs scored. Wyatt Daggett was 2 for 3 with a RBI. Wylie was 2 for 3 with a run scored.