Ocean City Today

Baseball players got along well, worked hard this year

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 17, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior Tristan McDonough struck out nine, walked four and allowed three hits in the six innings he pitched during Tuesday’s 3A East Region Section II playoff game against Chesapeake in Berlin. Decatur lost 4-2.

(May 18, 2018) Top-seeded in the 3A East Region Section II bracket, the Stephen Decatur baseball team took down the James M. Bennett Clippers, 11-1, but then the Seahawks fell to the Chesapeake Cougars of Anne Arundel, 4-2, a few days later.

After a first-round bye, Decatur hosted fourth-seeded Bennett last Saturday at 10 a.m.

Prior to the game, Coach Rich Ferro had expressed his concerns about the early start time, since the Seahawks typically play at 4 p.m.

It didn’t seem to have any affect on the players.

“They really competed well,” Ferro said. “They never really seemed out of it. [We had] solid at-bats.”

Bennett scored its only run in the first inning. Decatur tallied three in the fifth and eight in the sixth.

Senior Mitchell Orf led the team with six RBIs. He drove in runs on a triple in the fifth and a grand-slam home run in the sixth.

Senior Tristan McDonough had two hits and two RBIs. Junior Hayden Snelsire had three hits and senior Shane Cioccio tallied two.

Snelsire threw five innings for Decatur. He struck out eight, walked three and allowed five hits. McDonough struck out two and walked one in one inning.

Second-seeded Chesapeake came to Berlin on Tuesday.

Decatur took a 1-0 lead in the first. Chesapeake put four on the board to pull ahead in the third inning. The Seahawks recorded their second run in the bottom of that inning.

“We fell short, 4-2, to a good team. It was a really good baseball game,” Ferro said. “It’s tough to lose, but I can’t complain how we played.

“We gave up four runs in one inning,” he continued. “We made one error and they made one. It didn’t hurt them, but it hurt us. That’s the way it goes. That’s baseball.”

Senior Bill Wheatley had two hits and two RBIs. Senior Stephen Bontempo had the only other hit for Decatur.

McDonough struck out nine, walked four and allowed three hits in six innings. Senior Ryan Duncan gave up one hit in the final inning.

After the game, many of the Decatur players and coaches hugged each other, as nine will be graduating.

“It’s tough for them because they’ve been together for a long time,” Ferro said.

Decatur finished the season with an 18-4 record.

“It was great. They got along really well and they worked hard,” Ferro said. “The kids pleasantly surprised us. There were some guys that stepped up that had a different skillset then I thought. I was happy with what they brought.”

Ferro said it will be difficult to replace the players who are graduating, because they were major contributors.

“The seniors spent a lot of time playing, so we’ll see how the younger guys step up next year,” he said.

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