(April 26, 2019) The Stephen Decatur baseball team scored a total of 33 runs and only gave up two against its opponents on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The Seahawks went to Crisfield on Tuesday and shut out the Crabbers, 16-0.
“We played good defense and pitched [well],” Decatur Coach Rich Ferro said. “We took advantage of a couple Crisfield miscues [and] offensively we scored early.”
Decatur tallied four runs in the first inning, three in the third and nine in the fourth. The game ended in the fifth because of the five-inning, 10-run slaughter rule.
Senior Ridge Watson (one RBI) and freshman Ashten Snelsire (two RBIs) had two hits apiece. Senior Hayden Snelsire had one hit, two RBIs and scored twice.
Senior Mason Currence pitched three innings. He struck out two and allowed two hits. Senior Alex Gaddis took the mound for two innings. He struck out two, walked one and gave up one hit.
The next day, Decatur hosted the Washington Jaguars and won, 17-2, in five innings.
“We pitched well early and throughout and we played defense behind [the pitchers]. We put the ball in play, cut down on strikeouts, and forced [Washington] to play defense [and] make plays,” Ferro said.
Decatur scored nine in the first inning. The Seahawks added three runs in the second and five in the bottom of the fourth.
Washington tallied its two runs in the third inning.
Ashten Snelsire had two hits, two RBIs and scored twice. Senior Dawson Delaney had one hit and four RBIs. Senior Jack Rosenberg was 1-for-2 with two RBIs.
Junior Hunter Selzer struck out four, walked three and allowed two hits in three innings. Sophomore Kellen Catrino struck out two and walked one in two innings.
Decatur will finish its March 28 game against the James M. Bennett Clippers today, Friday, at 4 p.m. in Salisbury. The score was tied, 1-1, when the game was suspended at the start of the 10th inning.
The Seahawks will host the Kent Island Buccaneers on Monday at 4 p.m. The Clippers will come to Berlin on Tuesday for a 4 p.m. competition.
Decatur will then play the Mardela Warriors on Wednesday at 4 p.m. in Mardela Springs.
“We struggle to put the ball in play from time to time. We have to pitch [and] we have to play defense or we’re be in trouble,” Ferro said. It’s work in progress.”
Against really good pitching, sometimes the Seahawks get overmatched, he added.
“We’re being more competitive in terms of our at-bats, but when we face pretty solid pitching we still struggle with breaking stuff – breaking balls, curve balls, sliders, stuff like that,” Ferro said. “The pitching fluctuates in the conference, so we don’t see it every single day. We see [solid pitching] from time to time, but not on regular basis.”