(May 3, 2019) After falling to the Kent Island Buccaneers, 3-0, on Monday in Berlin, the Stephen Decatur baseball team returned to its field on Tuesday to battle the James M. Bennett Clippers.
Before starting their regularly scheduled game, the two teams first had to finish their previous match from March 28 in Salisbury, which was suspended in the 10th inning with the score tied 1-1.
“The whole mindset was start off the first game positive, then roll it into the second one and see what happens,” Decatur Coach Rich Ferro said. “We had energy. That was the biggest thing. We have the energy, but a couple balls didn’t go our way, and that’s just baseball. I just wanted to make sure we kept the energy up [throughout the game].”
Resuming the prior game, Decatur got runners on first and second (walks), and then senior Dawson Delaney stepped up to the plate.
Senior Ridge Watson advanced to third on a wild pitch and senior Jack Rosenberg moved to second. Watson then scored on a wild pitch to put Decatur on top, 2-1.
The Seahawks held off the Clippers in the bottom of the inning to win.
With that game completed, the squads started their second matchup.
Bennett put two runs on the board in the second. Decatur scored one in the bottom of the inning.
The Clippers added one run in the third to pull ahead 3-1, but the Seahawks then tallied one run in the bottom of the fourth and drove in six more in the fifth to take an 8-3 lead.
“They were struggling to find the zone and we had some good play discipline,” Ferro said. “They were out of the zone, so we took advantage and we had a couple of bunts we got down that put pressure on them. It just fell into place. We were quite fortunate.”
Bennett scored one final run in the top of the sixth.
Senior Gavin Bunting had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice. Delaney had two hits and an RBI.
Junior Blake Marshall had one hit, one RBI and scored once.
Rosenberg pitched three innings. He struck out four, walked three and allowed two hits.
Sophomore Evan Truitt threw four innings. He struck out four, walked one and allowed two hits.
“Evan came in for relief. Without him holding us in we wouldn’t be here, so he did a great job,” Ferro said. “Our seniors did a good job leading the way and staying positive. There was no negativity.”
Decatur faced the Mardela Warriors the following day. The winner would represent the Bayside South in the conference championship next week.
The Seahawks led 1-0 in the first inning, but the Warriors pulled ahead 3-1 in the fourth and held on for the victory.
Decatur’s final game of the regular season is today, Friday, against the Easton Warriors at 4 p.m. in Berlin.
Seeding for the MPSSAA regional tournament will take place on Tuesday. The first round of competition is slated to begin on Thursday, May 9. Decatur will compete in the 3A East Region.