Ocean City Today

SD baseball squad wraps up regular season with 19-0 win

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 11, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior Brice Messick allowed one hit and struck out two batters in the 1.1 innings he pitched during Monday’s game against Washington in Berlin. Decatur won 19-0.

(May 12, 2017) The Stephen Decatur baseball team finished the regular season on Monday, shutting out the Washington Jaguars 19-0 in five innings on its home field in Berlin.

“We threw strikes, we played good defense and we put the ball in play,” Decatur Coach Rich Ferro said. “We made them play defense. We put the pressure on them, scored when we needed to [and] got some big hits. Overall, we just threw strikes and that was huge.”

Decatur scored five runs in the first inning, two in the second, eight in the third and four in the fourth. The Seahawks tallied 13 hits in the game. Senior Jake Shockley had three hits and three RBIs. Junior Stephen Bontempo and senior Wyatt Church chipped in with two hits and two RBIs apiece.

Senior Will Sass started on the mound for Decatur. He struck out one  in 2.1 innings. Senior Brice Messick allowed one hit and struck out two batters in 1.1 innings. Junior Shea Griffin finished the game, throwing 1.1 innings. He struck out three batters and walked two.

“They were confident. A lot of these guys have been around for a little bit and they played it as just another game, but they knew there was stuff riding on it,” Ferro said. “Coming out here and having to win to win the Bayside South [Conference] that put a little pressure on the guys, but we came out and we threw strikes and once we did that I thought we felt pretty comfortable.

“We had some good swings. It was nice to get everyone in and get that Bayside South title,” he added.

Decatur represented the Bayside South in the conference championship on Tuesday in Salisbury. The Seahawks lost 6-0 to the top Bayside North team, the Saint Michaels Saints.

Decatur (11-8) received the No. 2 seed in the 3A East Region Section II bracket. The Seahawks will host either the No. 3 James M. Bennett Clippers or the No. 6 Northeast-AA Eagles on Saturday at 11 a.m. (weather permitting). Those two squads were scheduled to play yesterday, Thursday.

“I think we’re getting better,” Ferro said. “We’re just preaching to use the whole field when hitting, pitch, play defense and hopefully stay together and keep a positive attitude – not too high not too low – and get some Ws.”

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