Gillette, Wyo.--Wyatt Estabrook was perfect for five and two-third's of an inning and a no-hiter for eight and a third.. He finished with 21 strikeouts on the night, but ran out of gas in the ninth. The Sheridan Troopers came from behind to win 5-3 in Gillette on Tuesday night.
Estabrook had great placement with his pitches. There were only one or two pitches the caused a Trooper to move from being hit by one.
It was a pitchers duel to start the game, but the Riders got to Troopers starter Drew Adriaens first in the third inning. That is when the Riders scored a runoff a Kadison Wass sacrifice fly to right field, sending in Tanner Rogen. The Riders scored two more in the fourth. Austin Tennant stole home on a passed ball and Lucas Rissler was sent home from third due to a balk called on Adriaens.
It was looking great for the Riders.
However, Estabrook stayed in just a little too long. Wyatt was charged with back-to-back errors followed by a base hit in the top of the ninth. Two batters later, Skyler Holwell of the Troopers had a two-run double to get Sheridan within one at 3-2. Estabrook was pulled with two down and Durgin was brought in to relieve. Head Coach Nate Perleberg took a chance with intentionally walking Drew Adriaens to load the bases. Kaul Eisele took advantage of it and hit a three-run double to give the Troopers a 5-3 lead.
Gillette couldn't respond, as they fell to 14-16 on the season and 0-1 in conference play.
Adriaens was not too bad on the mound himself, despite some hiccups in the third and fourth innings. He struck out 16 Riders in seven innings. Adriaens was credited a no decision. Holwell got the win in relief and Estabrook was charged with the loss.
Perleberg said after the game that Wyatt threw 129 pitches- the longest he has ever let a pitcher throw-and he was going to leave him in until the no-hitter was lost. Perleberg did that. Unfortunately, the Riders couldn't recover.
The Riders head to Denver Thursday through Sunday for the Cherry Creek Tournament.