The Sherman Bearcats have experienced three different weeks this season.
They opened with one where they couldn’t be beaten. Then they had a stretch where they couldn’t beat anyone. Finally came a mixture of both success and failure that was punctuated by a win to provide positive momentum for what lies ahead.
Finding a more consistent path in the remainder of the schedule starts as Sherman (6-6-2) gets into District 10-5A action full-time when it plays at Wylie East at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, swapping sites from Veterans Field due to weather conditions.
“We’ve had guys in scoring position every game we’ve played. Sometimes we’ve gotten them in and others we haven’t. That’s been the difference,” Sherman head coach Justin Jennings said. “We knew the Week 2 tournament would be slightly different competition. They were all good games, games we had a chance to win.”
Before hosting one half of the Grayson County Classic this past weekend, where the Bearcats won two of three games before weather washed out Saturday’s slate, Sherman had a 10-3 loss against Princeton in the one district game before 10-5A actions dominates from now on.
“We scored three in the first inning, feeling pretty good and they battled back. We didn’t respond after that,” Jennings said. “This past weekend there were some pretty good arms we saw and swung the bats well. We’ve talked situational hitting and execution. They’ve got to get it done.”
The teams will continue to play each other once in a round-robin format until the home-and-home portion of the schedule kicks in on March 26.
Sherman is looking to get back to the postseason after just missing out last spring. the Bearcats finished .500 in district play — 6-6 — but lost out on a tie-breaker against Denton Ryan for the fourth and final playoff berth.
Being just one victory from clinching was frustrating but also showed the Bearcats that they weren’t that far from being in the bracket.
Sherman had a fast start to the season, going 4-0-1 at the Grand Prairie Tournament. The Bearcats then went 0-4-1 at the Waxahachie Tournament. After losing to Princeton last Tuesday, Sherman beat Wichita Falls Rider and Aubrey around a loss against Cedar Hill over the weekend.
“Richy Clark hit the ball well this weekend and Ethan Bedgood hit the ball well this weekend but we knew those guys are going to hit,” Jennings said. “We put guys in certain spots in the lineup and they’ve started to come together.”
While the lineup has been putting up some runs, the pitching hasn’t sorted itself out to where Jennings knows his pecking order for Tuesday-Friday. Last week Nick Blankenship, Blaise Bentsen, Colton West and Tate Bethel all made starts.
“At this point we don’t have a clue,” he said. “Guys are not being consistent. We’re giving guys the opportunities; they’ve got to step up.”
After the first night of action it was North, Princeton and Lovejoy coming up with victories but the grind of 14 more contests is about to begin.
“It’s all pretty tight, pretty comparable,” Jennings said. “I think everyone is going to beat each other. An out here and there is going to end up being the difference a lot of nights.”