‘Jackets fall apart late against Hornets

SHERIDAN — After five good innings, the Sheridan baseball team unraveled in the final two innings as the Yellowjackets lost 15-0 to Bryant Friday night at Oliver Williams Field.

“We played really well for five innings,” Sheridan head coach Mike Moore said. “We had a couple of opportunities to manufacture a run, but they did too.

“It was a really good ballgame for five innings.”

Bryant scored eight runs in the top of the sixth and seven runs in the top of the seventh.

After Chase Tucker led off the top of the sixth with a single, Sheridan’s Tyler Raney committed back-to-back errors to load the bases for the Hornets.

A hit batter forced in one run and an error at second allowed another run to score. Bryant would bat around in the inning as all but one player scored to give the Hornets an 8-0 lead.

Moore said the baserunning error in the bottom of the fifth that began the spiral.

With the bases loaded, Sheridan loaded the bases thanks to a walk and back-to-back singles. However, Raney would get picked off at second after he took one too many steps off the bag.

“When something bad happens, we just got to overcome it,” Moore said. “We let that affect us the next half inning and that is something we just cannot do.”

Raney pitched well the first five innings for Sheridan. He allowed just three hits with two walks and two strikeouts. He was pulled in the top of the sixth after he allowed two hits, hit two batters and walked one.

“It was just one of those things that just snowballed,” Moore said. “We are all disappointed that we lost, we are disappointed the way it ended up, but we got to focus on those first five innings.

“If we had gotten six more outs, playing like we were, we got a chance to win this game.”

In the top of the seventh, both Drew Tipton and Dalton Holt had two-run doubles as Bryant scored seven runs in the inning and took a 15-0 lead.

Sheridan had its opportunities to plate a couple of runs early in the game.

In the bottom of the second, Evan Thompson and Lathan Wylie reached on an error and a single to put runners on first and second with no outs. But Bryant’s Blaine Knight struck out the next three batters to end the inning.

“It was frustrating,” Moore said of Sheridan’s inability to lay down a bunt in that situation. “Because that is something we worked on really hard on Wednesday and Thursday.

“But (Knight) threw a real good slider and it was a hard pitch to bunt. That is something you got to take into account, though.”

Knight pitched six shutout innings and allowed just four hits with nine strikeouts and two walks. Harrison Dale closed the game out, striking out one and not allowing a hit.

Hunter Strong had two of Sheridan’s four hits.