When the wind changed at the start of the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s baseball game, so did Sherman’s fortunes.

When the wind changed at the start of the sixth inning of Tuesday night’s baseball game, so did Sherman’s fortunes.


With the flags flapping gently out of the southwest, Denison took a slim 1-0 lead and held it until the Bearcats came to bat in the bottom of the sixth with a howling northerly gale in their faces.


But the Bearcats overcame some early tightness and rallied for three runs, and Will Olson’s bloop double to centerfield scored the go-ahead tally in Sherman’s eventual 3-1 District 13-4A win over the rival Yellow Jackets at Veterans Field.


"(The wind) knocked Will’s ball down," Sherman head coach Jason Wright said. "When we start the game out and it was blowing out, we weren’t swinging the bats well, and when it kicked up (out of the north), I thought it wasn’t our night. But Will is Will. When he was at the plate, I knew we were scoring."


Olson finished 2-for-3 to lead the Bearcats (12-8, 1-1) at the dish.


Olson’s battery mate, Case Rolen, didn’t have his best stuff, but the senior ace battled and held the Yellow Jackets (7-11, 0-2) to five singles while fanning 11 batters over the full seven innings.


The only run off Rolen was unearned as Denison’s Will Menta reached on an error and scored on a bang-bang play at the plate on a wild pitch in the top of the second.


"Everyone makes mistakes," Rolen said. "It was a close call (at the plate) and the tie always goes to the runner, but I shouldn’t have thrown a wild pitch in the first place. But everything happens for a reason, and it turned out we won the baseball game."


It looked like that one run would be enough for the Jackets, as freshman lefthander Braeden Wright befuddled the Bearcats through the first five innings, scattering four singles.


But in the sixth, with one out, nine-hole hitter Jordan Henry got the Cats rolling with a double into the right-centerfield gap.


"He’s been unbelievable for us; he’s such a surprise," Sherman coach Wright said of Henry, who has recovered fully from a neck fracture during a football game less than six months ago. "Coming off his injury in football, he’s been able to dedicate so much time to baseball, that he’s just taken off. He’s been unbelievable."


Back at the top of the order, David Bedgood followed by slicing a single to left that was misplayed, allowing Henry to score from second to tie the game. After Menta relieved Wright on the hill, Brayshon Savage reached on an errant throw at short to put runners on the corners for Olson, who dropped one into center to score Bedgood and give Sherman the lead.


After Rolen was intentionally walked to load the bases, Grant Jones drew a base on balls to force home an insurance run.


Denison threatened to extend the game in the top of the seventh, putting two on with one out as Tre’ Lyday walked and Clay Stubblefield singled to right. But Rolen regrouped to close out the Jackets with a called strikeout and a force play at second.


"I still felt strong, especially after getting the lead," Rolen said. "I trusted (the defense), and I’m glad they trusted me. I came out there as strong as I did in the first inning."


Up until the front passed through, the game was a duel between Rolen and Denison’s Wright.


The Jackets made plays on defense, turning two double plays, and also cut down two base runners in the bottom of the second — including one at the dish after an overthrow to end the inning — as Sherman pieced together three hits but came away empty-handed.


"I’ll give (Denison) credit," Sherman’s Wright said. "They did a great job. Early in the game, they put some balls in play and we didn’t make a couple of plays. But Case didn’t let it affect him. He stayed focused on what he was doing and made the pitches when he had to make them. He got us out of there with a win."