Ocean City Today

SD baseball team falls to JMB, 7-6

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 18, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur junior catcher Zach Pilarski throws back to pitcher, sophomore Hayden Snelsire, during the 3A East Region Section II semifinals against James M. Bennett on Monday in Berlin.

(May 19, 2017) After trailing 5-0, the Stephen Decatur baseball team battled back to within one late in Monday’s game against the James M. Bennett Clippers, but the Seahawks were unable to score the tying run, and their season ended in the 3A East Region Section II semifinals.

“I thought we played fine. We just went down 5-0 in the first,” Decatur Coach Rich Ferro said after the 7-6 loss. “They kept fighting. It’s just hard to come back.

“That’s baseball. We had our chances and just didn’t come through,” he continued. “We had the bases loaded three times.”

Third-seeded Bennett put five runs on the board in the first inning. Decatur, the No. 2 seed, scored one in the first and two in the second to cut the lead to two on its home field in Berlin. The visiting Clippers tacked on two in the third and the Seahawks answered with one in the fourth.

Decatur drove in two in the bottom of the seventh to pull within one run, but the home team couldn’t capitalize with the bases loaded.

The Seahawks finished the season with an 11-9 record.

“They battled all year. They’ve never really laid down,” Ferro said. “There were a couple hiccups here and there, but in general they battled back. They want to win and that’s why they’ve been successful. From where we started, I didn’t think we’d be Bayside South champions.”

The team will lose five players to graduation.

“They’re hard-to-replace guys. They played hard,” Ferro said.

He thought the season went well overall.

“Like I said, from where we came from, I think they showed a lot of grit, kept on hitting, trying to get better and they bought into working hard,” he said. “There’s a core group coming back. We’ll see if they get better in the offseason and what we do next year.”

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