Double Clutch Drama


SHERIDAN — Sheridan is still alive in the American Legion Zone 4 Junior Tournament, but the Yellowjackets took both games to the wire.

Sheridan claimed a 4-3 walk-off win in the first game on Monday against Little Rock Express, which earned the Yellowjackets a shot at Hot Springs Village in another elimination game.

Down 6-4 going into the top of the seventh, Sheridan scored three runs to take a 7-6 lead, which would be the final score.

“Our guys are extremely tough and strong-willed and (Monday), things just went our way,” Sheridan coach Matt Weigand said. “I am very proud of guys. They don’t get down and they didn’t fold up and battled.”

The scene was a bit different from Sunday’s game for Sheridan. Texarkana took a 5-0 lead in the first inning, but the Yellowjackets battled back and trailed 7-4 going into the seventh. Sheridan was able to score once, but left two runners on base to end the game. The loss was Sheridan’s first of the tournament and sent the Yellowjackets to the loser’s bracket.

Sheridan could face Texarkana again if the Yellowjackets beat Genoa in the 5:30 p.m. game. The winner faces Texarkana at 8 p.m. Sheridan would have to be Texarkana twice to win the tournament.

The second win of the day did not come without some controversy. Down 6-4, Chase Davis hit a triple to left field that scored Joe Eggburn and Tad Daggett to tie the game. Evan Thompson followed and hit a single to score Davis for the lead.

Seth Strange then hit a sacrifice bunt and Garrett Williams walked, so Hot Springs Village coach Justin Gregory made a pitching chance.

He had Chase Anderson warm up, but that would have been his fourth appearance in three days. Anderson had started the game and was taken out and once he started warming up, that caused Hot Springs Village to forfeit the game.

“That’s the rule. We explain that to them every game,” Area 4 Commissioner Russell Goodwin said. “That’s their responsibility. It’s for the protection of the pitcher. (Gregory) realized that after he put him in.”

Even though Gregory was not happy with the call, he said it was not the only reason his team was eliminated from the state tournament.

“We had opportunities to put the game away and we squandered them,” he said. “The way it ended, as far as that goes, we kind of got screwed. We got screwed with some bad calls that hurt us, but as a team you have to buck up and make plays and we didn’t do that.”

Garrett Williams come on in relief and got the win for Sheridan. Davis was 2 for 3 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Sheridan had a 3-0 lead going into the sixth inning in the first game against Little Rock Express.

Lathan Wylie ran into trouble in the sixth inning, though, as he loaded the bases and walked in two batters with two outs to score two runs before being pulled for Joe Eggburn.

Eggburn walked in another run before John Strange came into pitch and he struck out the batter to get out of the inning.

In the bottom half of the seventh with one out, Davis reached on an error by the third baseman and later scored the winning run on Cole Bradford’s RBI single that just got by the left fielder for the 4-3 win.

Also on Monday, Texarkana beat Genoa 9-5 and Hot Springs Village beat Bryant 6-2. On Sunday, Genoa beat Bryant 9-3, Hot Springs Village beat Lake Hamilton 5-2 and Little Rock Express beat the Little Rock Blues 11-3.