No-Hitter to Start: Jackson, Morgan pair up to quiet Yankees bats

Jakobi Jackson and Andrew Morgan combined for a no-hitter as Optimist defeated the Sheridan Yankees 10-0 in five innings in the opening game of the Jim Hill Wood Bat Classic at Seabrook Family Christian Center on Thursday night.

“They did a great job,” Optimist manager Kenn Dickson said. “What they do consistency is throw strikes and that’s what we work on over and over again, is getting the ball over the plate and make the other team put the ball in play.”

For their performance, Jackson and Morgan were named the co-players of the game. Jackson pitched four innings, allowing just one walk with six strikeouts. Morgan closed out the game and struck out two of the three batters he faced.

“Once you get your pitch count up, then you have to worry about the security of your arm, the health of your arm and we have to start pulling you out,” Dickson said.

In the second inning, the first two batters did reach on an error and a fielder’s choice. But Jackson was able to get out of it by picking off the runner at first and striking out the next batter.

A walk to Dakota Russell in the third was the only other time a Sheridan runner reached.

Optimist scored six runs in the bottom of the third to take an 8-0 lead.

“We didn’t really hit the ball as well as I would have liked,” Dickson said. “Their patience is not real well when they have to wait on the pitch, but we put it in play just enough to win.”

Griffen Penny led off the inning with a walk. An error allowed Scott Taylor to reach first and Jackson also walked. Blake Phillips followed with a fielder’s choice but an error at second kept everybody safe.

Arron Frazier singled home a run and an error at shortstop and a walk allowed Morgan and Jaylen Williams to reach.

With one out, Joshua Pierce hit into an RBI groundout for the final run of the inning.

Sheridan had only eight players show up, so they had just two in the outfield.

“The two outfielders they did have out there did real well,” Dickson said. “They ran down some fly balls that we got underneath too much.

“They did do fine out there. We could not take advantage of that real well, because they did cover a lot of ground out there.”

Sheridan’s Colton Caple pitched a complete game. He allowed 10 runs on six hits with five walks and two strikeouts.

Optimist scored two runs in the second inning to take the lead.

Frazier was hit by a pitch to begin the inning and later scored on a passed ball. With two on and two outs, Mike Boyd hit a single to centerfield that plated Joe Moore. Pierce, who reached on a walk, was thrown out at home after trying to score on the play.

Optimist scored two more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the 10-0 lead.

Penny was 2 for 2 with a walk, three stolen bases and two runs scored. Taylor scored two runs and Phillips had a double and a run scored.

Optimist will play Relyance Bank today at 6 p.m.