Sheridan’s Zack Perkins pitched a complete-game gem and the Yellowjackets beat PBNB 9-4 Saturday night at Taylor Field to claim their second Freddie Wetzler Tournament title in a row.
Perkins, a red-shirt freshman at Southern Arkansas, gave up eight hits and struck out six.
“He has done a lot of work and was ready to see some action,” Sheridan coach B.J. Ware said. “And that was a heck of a team he just beat. That is a state championship caliber program.”
PBNB was no match for Perkins, who expects to start next season at SAU.
“They’ve got a bunch of guys that can hit fastballs and they hit fastballs tonight,” PBNB coach Bryan Bearden said. “They are very dangerous. And he was solid as a rock on the mound. He’s is a good ball player.”
Perkins also showed he can still hit after not swinging a bat in nearly a year. After belting a home run against Simmons on Thursday, he dented the scoreboard in left field with a three-run shot in the top of the first inning off PBNB starter Chris Smith.
Perkins said his mental approach to the game changed when he reached the college level.
“I haven’t swung a bat in eight months until I started swinging the other day,” Perkins said. “I love baseball. It’s my thing. The main thing is what you learn up there. That’s all that matters.”
He added some advice for the younger players coming up through the ranks.
“I have learned that sometimes as a senior in high school you think you are good,” Perkins said. “You think you are hot stuff. But when you get to college it’s a different story. You have to change your work ethic and everything.”
Sheridan held the three-run cushion until the third inning when PBNB scored a pair on two Sheridan errors and led 5-2 after three. The Jackets plated two more in the fourth and sixth for a 9-2 advantage entering the final frame.
“This is a good team,” Ware said. “Two of these guys have won three state championships in legion and the rest of them have won a junior and AA. So they know how to win.”
After throwing only 68 pitches through the first six innings, PBNB touched Perkins for two runs on three hits in the 26-pitch seventh. But Perkins shut the door with a strikeout to Dylan James and a fly ball out by Tyler Zuber.
Jake Smith singled twice and drove in a pair for Sheridan and Nick Ware singled and doubled and drove in one.
Landon Reed singled in two runs for PBNB.
Simmons 11, Little Rock Blues 0: Simmons scored five runs in the first and six in the fourth to dispose of the Blues in the battle of No. 2 seeds.
Three pitchers combined to no-hit Little Rock with Zach Bradford picked up the win in two innings of work. Will Jacobs pitched the third and Josh Dardenne finished the final inning of the mercy-rule game.
Pierce Sloan doubled twice to pace Simmons at the plate. Justin Dardenne singled twice.
PBNB 11, Benton 1: PBNB took advantage of six walks to ease past Benton in semifinal action.
Hunter Hale recorded the win on the mound. Tanner Attwood blasted a two-run homerun for PBNB.
Sheridan 13, Stuttgart 5: Luke Nanneman pitched Sheridan to a semifinal round victory over Stuttgart.
The Yellowjackets plated five runs in the first, one in the second, two in the third and fourth and three in the sixth.
Alec Pender hit a two-run shot and singled twice for Sheridan. Landon Huggins tripled and drove in a run.