White Hall’s baseball season ended with a drubbing by Sheridan on Monday in Benton in the 5A baseball state tournament. The Yellowjackets defeated the Bulldogs 10-0 in mercy-rule fashion.
Sheridan put the bat to ball time after time, ultimately forcing three pitching changes by White Hall Head Coach Shane Harp. In total, the Yellowjackets recorded 12 hits.
Sheridan junior Tyler Cacciatori, an Arkansas Razorbacks commit, controlled the game from the mound. Cacciatori retired White Hall’s first 14 batters before giving up his only hit of the game.
White Hall senior Zack Motsinger got the start on the mound for the Bulldogs, but he only lasted two innings as Sheridan got going early. In those two innings, Motsinger gave up five hits and three runs.
Harp decided to relieve Motsinger with junior Jon Johnson, but that didn’t change a thing for Sheridan. In one and one-third innings, Johnson committed five errors, gave up four hits and allowed six runs.
The Yellowjackets did their damage on the scoreboard in the third and fourth innings. Cacciatori and sophomore Brandon Arledge helped open things up in the bottom of the 4th with two RBI triples that accounted for three runs. Arledge also came home from third on a passed ball by Johnson to make it 5-0 after three innings.
In the bottom of the fourth, Sheridan scored their sixth and seventh runs on passed ball errors. Sheridan senior Ruston Johnson then singled to the shortstop allowing Arledge to score from third.
Harp relieved Johnson for Woody Raines in the fourth inning. After Raines’ third strikeout for the second out in the fifth inning, Cacciatori came up huge for the Yellowjackets once again. Cacciatori recorded an RBI single to left field to bring home Sheridan senior Montana Korte for the game-ending run.
Cacciatori threw all five innings, recording five strikeouts, while giving up one hit. At the plate, Cacciatori went ¾ for 2 RBI’s. Also for Sheridan, Arledge was stellar by going 3/3 for three RBI’s, and scoring three runs.
Sheridan Head Coach Michael Moore has now clinched his fifth state championship game berth.