The Decatur Lady Eagles used a seven-run fifth inning to put away the Gainesville Lady Leopards in their district opener Tuesday.
After the Lady Leopards tied the game at 4-4 in the fourth, the Lady Eagles (5-13, 0-1) responded with a huge fifth inning, on their way to a 12-6 victory.
“It was a big confidence booster for our team,” Decatur coach Carly Cloud said. “We are figuring out how to play as a team.”
Decatur jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first on three hits and two Gainesville errors.
“When we get to hit first we seem to do a pretty good job,” Cloud said. “We came out focused and set the tone for the game.”
Gainesville came back and tied the game in the bottom of the fourth. The Lady Leopards scored four runs on four hits.
“We got in that comfortable zone,” Cloud said. “We realized that they were going to play with us, and we had to set the tone.”
The Lady Leopards tried to mount a rally in the seventh but could only come up with two runs on a Samantha Calhoun single.
Madison Minor got the win in the circle, giving up eight hits and striking out one.
Sarah Gerken took the loss in her first action of the season.
Alex Gabriel, Minor and Darlenne Davis each had two hits and two RBI’s.
Decatur will travel to Bridgeport Tuesday.