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Decatur baseball team takes down Pocomoke and SH

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 20, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur junior Stephen Bontempo loses his helmet as he dives into third base during Wednesday’s game against Pocomoke in Berlin.

(April 21, 2017) The Stephen Decatur baseball team battled its Worcester County rivals – the Snow Hill Eagles and Pocomoke Warriors – this week and was successful.

On Tuesday, the Seahawks traveled to Snow Hill and won 12-2 in six innings.

“We pitched well and had timely hits,” Decatur Coach Rich Ferro said. “Guys had energy and were prepared to play. We need to keep committing to getting better and have a sound offensive approach.”

Decatur scored two runs in the second and two in the third to take a 4-0 lead. The Seahawks tacked on five runs in the fourth before Snow Hill put one on the board in the bottom of the inning.

Decatur tallied three in the sixth to go ahead 12-1. The Eagles added a run in the bottom of the inning, not enough to force a seventh inning (10-run slaughter rule).

Junior Tristan McDonough threw six innings. He struck out five, walked three and allowed two hits. On offense, McDonough had two hits, one of which was a home run.

Senior Jake Shockley went 2-for-2 with one RBI and three runs scored.

The Pocomoke Warriors came to Berlin on Wednesday for competition. Decatur put 10 runs on the board in five innings and held Pocomoke scoreless.

“I thought they played well,” Ferro said. “They came out a little bit flat, but they had a lot of emotion yesterday against Snow Hill so I expected a little bit of a letdown.”

Decatur got on the board first, scoring twice in the first inning. The Seahawks added one in the fourth to pull ahead 3-0. The Berlin squad drove in seven in the bottom of the fifth to take a 10-0 lead to close out the contest.

Shockley recorded three of Decatur’s seven hits, one of which was a two-run home run. He finished the game with four RBIs. McDonough had two hits and two RBIs. Junior Stephen Bontempo and sophomore Hayden Snelsire added one hit and one RBI apiece.

Junior Ryan Duncan pitched two innings. He struck out four, walked one and allowed two hits. Snelsire took the mound for three innings. He struck out five and gave up one hit.

“Ryan Duncan and Hayden Snelsire came in and threw strikes. That was the most important thing to keep us in the ball game and not let us get complacent out there on defense,” Ferro said. “We had guys banging the zone and throwing strikes, so we were able to stay active. Our defense didn’t get lazy, so that was the biggest thing.”

Decatur will take a trip to Crisfield to play the Crabbers at 4 p.m. on Monday. The Washington Jaguars will come to Berlin to face the Seahawks at 4 p.m. on Wednesday.

“I think it’s getting better. It’s a work in progress,” Ferro said. “We’re trying to commit to getting better every day, committing to having energy every day and buying into the hitting philosophies…and making sure we support each other.”

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