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Sheridan’s ‘funk’ continues with loss to Lakeside

April 19, 2011

Sheridan’s Alec Pender makes a catch during the game against Benton. Pender had a walk, stolen base and a run scored in the loss to Lakeside Monday. JOSH BARRON/Courier

The Sheridan Yellowjackets are in a bad funk right now and aren’t hitting or playing as well as they were to begin the season.
Their skid continued Monday night with a 5-3 loss to Lakeside at home.
“We just aren’t playing real well right now,” Sheridan coach Mike Moore said. “We got some things going mentally. We are thinking too much and trying too hard.
“We need to simplify some things and get back to some basics and fundamentals.”
Lakeside scored a run in the first inning, two in the second and one in the fifth and seventh. Sheridan scored a run in the third, sixth and seventh innings.
Nick Ware led off the bottom of the seventh with a double and scored on Grady Finley’s third hit of the game to make the score 5-3.
Sheridan’s biggest chance to close the gap was in the sixth inning. After a two-out double by Justin Willis plated pinch runner Billy Wicker from second, Josh Miller was hit by a pitch and Jake Smith walked to load the bases.
Unfortunately, Tanner Stoops grounded out third to end the inning.
In the bottom of the third, Alec Pender walked and stole second with two outs. A single by Finley scored Pender and made the score 3-1.
Sheridan managed just five hits in the game.
Finley also pitched all seven innings, giving up five runs on 14 hits.
“Because it is such a tough game mentally, they need to have fun and relax to play baseball,” Moore said.
Sheridan drops to 15-6 on the year and will play again tomorrow night at home against Little Rock Fair beginning at 5 p.m. and Friday night at home against El Dorado.

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