SHERIDAN — Zach Perkins struck out 13 and the tournament host Sheridan disposed of Stuttgart 8-0 in five innings Wednesday night in opening-round play of the Peoples Bank Wood Bat Tournament.
Perkins fanned two in the first, one in the third, two in the fourth and sixth and struck out the side in the second and fifth to help Sheridan remain perfect on the year at 6-0.
“That felt good,” Perkins said. “It felt real good. I felt like I had command of my pitches, especially my slider.”
Perkins allowed only a first-inning single to Dontrell Brown, the only real mistake Perkins made all night.
“I got a little greedy with my slider,” Perkins admitted. “I tried to throw it when I should have. The slider was working tonight but I probably used it more than I should have. But it’s my favorite pitch.”
Perkins said he didn’t know the slider was going to be as effective as it was.
“I didn’t really have a plan,” Perkins said. “I just come out here and throw. I don’t plan for anything to be working but when I figure out it’s working I go with it.”
Sheridan coach J.R. Ware said Perkins was on the mound against Stuttgart because he was not going to be available for the rest of the event.
“Zack did a good job tonight,” Ware said. “That was a pretty dominating game. He is getting ready to go on vacation so we needed to use him either this game of the next one. He’s not going to be available for the weekend.”
Which means Perkins won’t be around for the title game, should the Yellowjackets advance to Sunday afternoon’s championship affair. Perkins said he believes the Jackets can still come away with the hardware.
“I think we have it on lock,” Perkins said. “We have a bunch of good guys that can hit and a solid pitching staff.”
Ware said the Yellowjackets continue to produce at the plate.
“We just keep hitting the ball,” Sheridan coach J.R. Ware said. “We are an offensive team and we did a good job of spreading the ball around tonight.”
Sheridan scored three runs in the second, two in the third and fourth and one in the seventh. Josh Miller paced Sheridan at the plate with a double and a triple. Ryan Taylor doubled and Luke Nanneman tripled in a pair of runs. Grady Finley singled twice and drove in one.
Cabot 10, Benton 0
In Pool C action, Canton blanked Benton in five innings as Kyle Kaufman fanned seven in the complete-game win.
Casey Vaughn led Cabot at the plate with a single and a triple. Tristan Bulice singled twice and Tyler Carter and Justin Goff each doubled.
Zach Caplinger doubled for Benton’s only hit.
PB Simmons 14, Rose Bud 3
Will Jacobs recorded the win for Simmons in Pool D action as the Watson Chapel based team eased past Rose Bud.
Jacobs fanned six in three innings and helped his own cause with a single, one of only five hits for Simmons. Justin Dardenne and Zach Bradford also singled. Landon Coleson doubled.
Simmons took advantage of four walks and eight Rose Bud errors.