(April 5, 2019) The Stephen Decatur baseball team won two out of three games this week against Bayside Conference opponents.

After falling to the Colonel Richardson Colonels, 1-0, on Monday in Berlin, the Decatur squad battled to a 6-5, eight-inning victory over the North Caroline Bulldogs the next day in Ridgely, Maryland.

Decatur scored one run in the third inning. North Caroline pulled ahead 3-1 in the fifth.

The visiting Seahawks added four runs in the sixth to take a 5-3 lead. The Bulldogs tied it up in the bottom of the inning.

Freshman Ashten Snelsire’s single scored senior Brett Berquist in the top of the eighth and Decatur held on for the extra-inning win.

“We played well, [but] we need to reduce strikeouts,” Decatur Coach Rich Ferro said. “We just want to compete and get better. Succeeding by making plays and throwing strikes early in the year was the goal.”

Snelsire had two hits and one RBI. Seniors Ridge Watson and Hayden Snelsire had one hit and an RBI each.

Junior Hunter Selzer threw four and two-thirds innings. He struck out five, walked four and allowed one hit. Freshman Logan Tapman came in for Selzer and finished the fifth inning.

Watson took the mound for the final three innings. He struck out three, walked two and allowed two hits.

“Starter Hunter Selzer competed in the zone and kept us in the game. Logan Tapman got us out of a jam [and] Watson finished with the win,” Ferro said.

On Wednesday, Decatur hosted the Parkside Rams.

The Seahawks’ bats were hot early, driving in six runs in the first inning.

Parkside scored one in the second, but Decatur answered with seven of its own in the bottom of the inning.

The Rams added two runs in the fourth.

Leading 13-3, the game ended in the fifth inning because of the 10-run slaughter rule.

“Getting six early is nice. I hope it gave them confidence at the plate,” Ferro said.

Watson had three hits and two RBIs. Hayden Snelsire had two hits and one RBI. Selzer chipped in with two hits and two RBIs. Senior Jack Rosenberg went 1-for-2 (home run) with three RBIs.

Hayden Snelsire struck out six and gave up three hits in three innings. Senior Mason Currence walked one and allowed two hits in one inning. Sophomore Evan Truitt struck out one and walked one in the final inning.

“We scored early and reduced strikeouts. The wind created some issues for Parkside,” Ferro said. “Snelsire, Currence and Truitt threw strikes.”

Decatur will host the Kent Island Buccaneers for its fourth game of the week, today, Friday, at 4 p.m. The Wicomico Indians will come to Berlin on Monday for a 4 p.m. game.

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