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Sheridan to face El Dorado in conference match-up

March 29, 2011

Sheridan infielder Billy Wicker throws out a runner during the Sheridan Invitational earlier this season. The Yellowjackets will play El Dorado tonight. JOSH BARRON/Courier

After defeating Mena 4-3 on Saturday, the Sheridan Yellowjackets will try to maintain their winning streak when they face El Dorado tonight.

“That is a big conference game for us,” Sheridan coach Mike Moore said. “They have a really good pitcher. It is going to be a tough game for us.”
The ‘Jackets are currently riding a 11-game winning streak and are 2-0 in the 6A South conference.

Sheridan scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to take a 4-2 lead over Mena last Saturday.

Lawson Easley and Kurt Stinnett hit back-to-back singles to lead off the inning to put runners on first and third. Easley later scored on a bad throw after bases were loaded. Stinnett’s run gave Sheridan the two-run cushion.

In the bottom of the fourth, Sheridan scored a run to tie the game when Stinnett hit a ground ball out to score Tanner Stoops from third, who was running for Jake Smith who walked to lead off the inning.

“After not doing anything all Spring Break, we arrived at Mena about two hours early and had a short practice to get some of that rust off,” Moore said. “They were a little sharper than we were, but we were able to put the ball in play and get two big runs there.

“That was big for us.”

The Yellowjackets took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first when a ground ball out by Josh Miller scored Justin Willis, who walked.

“We had a couple of base running blunders and our bunting hasn’t been really good either,” Moore said. “Hopefully we can execute those things and do it in a big ballgame.”

Starter Zach Perkins pitched 2 2/3 innings, allowing one hit with no runs and striking out four and walking one. Alec Pinder pitched 1 1/3 inning, allowing two runs on two hits, with two walks and two strikeouts.

Grady Finley pitched the final three innings and earned the win, allowing one earned run on two hits with two strikeouts and no walks.

Nick Ware was two for three with a walk and Easley was 2-3.

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