Justin Glidden hit the only home run at Watson Chapel on Thursday, taking a 3-1 shot over left field to pull Sheridan within 2-1.
It didn’t take long balls for Sheridan to rack up more runs. The Yellowjackets totaled eight runs on seven hits in a 12-batter fifth inning to overcome a 4-2 deficit and beat the Wildcats 12-7.
“They hit two slap bunts that inning,” Watson Chapel coach Chad Cope said. “They were perfect, and you have to tip your hat off to them when they can execute it like that.”
Both teams combined for 27 hits, with Sheridan (5-3) getting 14. Glidden, a senior batting eighth in the Yellowjackets’ lineup, went 4 for 4 with the homer and three singles, breaking out of a slump.
“I was waiting for a curveball, but I had seen a fastball inside and I just hit it,” Glidden said.
Glidden batted in five runs, including a two-run single on his second at-bat of the fifth inning that gave Sheridan a 9-4 lead.
Sheridan coach Mike Moore said the right fielder was batting about .200 going into the game but didn’t want to put any pressure on Glidden as he tried to regain his swing.
“We small-balled them a little bit, got some things going,” Sheridan coach Mike Moore said. “Things just snowballed, and (Watson Chapel) couldn’t overcome it. They tried to; they’re never, ever going to give up.”
Nick Ware, Alec Pender and Grady Finley each had two hits for Sheridan. Ware and Pender are the first two batters in the lineup.
Watson Chapel battery mates Zach Bradford and Reece Huffty each went 3 for 5 to lead the team, hitting all singles. Bradford reached base in his first four at-bats.
The Wildcats had their own struggles at the plate in recent games, but 13 hits weren’t enough to beat the Jackets.
On the mound, Bradford allowed three runs on four its and struck out four in four-plus innings, facing two batters in the fifth before he was pulled. He had thrown 64 pitches, reaching his pitch count, coach Chad Cope said.
Sheridan scored six runs off Justin Dardenne, who gave up five hits and walked two in one-third of the inning.
Wyatt Jones pitched the other 2 2/3 innings, holding Sheridan without a run until three straight in the seventh gave the Jackets a 12-7 lead. Ware knocked in two of those runs on a double.
Watson Chapel led 2-0 in the first after Landon Colson scored on a throwing error from the pitcher and Reece Huffty singled in Dardenne. Huffty and Dardenne each singled in a run in the fourth to make it 4-1.
Jones scored on a bases-loaded walk in the fifth and doubled in a run in the sixth. Jordan Stargell followed with an RBI single.
Dardenne had two singles for Watson Chapel, but suffered the loss on the mound.
Sheridan’s Landon Huggins earned the victory despite allowing eight hits and four runs in 4 1/3 innings. Josh Miller gave up two runs on two hits in one inning, and Ryan Taylor and Jesse Feathers worked the other 1 2/3 innings.