The Decatur Eagles could not recover from a bad start Friday, as the Krum Bobcats pulled away for an 11-4 win.
Decatur (6-12, 1-1) fell behind 2-0 before they even got to bat. Starting pitcher Johnny Murillo struggled to get out of the first. He walked the leadoff batter and committed a throwing error, setting up a sacrifice fly for the games first run.
After another walk, and an RBI single by Ty Damron, Murillo got out of the inning.
Krum kept the pressure on in the second. The Bobcats loaded the bases and Justin Graham picked up his second of six RBI’s on the night on a hit by pitch.
Krum plated two more runs on a pass ball and an error. Decatur trailed 5-0 after two innings.
“Early on we had some walks and a couple of errors mixed in there,” Decatur coach Chris Carter said. “Everybody in this district is good, so you have to play clean baseball to give yourself a chance.”
The Bobcats kept the pressure on in the third. With one out, Carter made the move to Drew Edwards on the mound.
Edwards immediately struggled as a couple of walks brought home a couple of more runs for Krum. Graham then unloaded the bases with a double to the wall giving Krum a 10-0 lead.
Egle then took over on the mound, only allowing one run the rest of the way.
“We just fell behind too much to give ourselves a chance,” Carter said. “The kids kept fighting and plugging away, but it’s tough to come back from that big of a deficit.”
The Eagles had their biggest inning in the third. With one on, Erik Elder delivered a run-scoring double. He later scored on a wild pitch, to cut the score to 10-2.
Decatur just could not get that big inning they needed to climb back.
“We hit the ball pretty decent tonight. We just couldn’t get the runs across like we needed,” Carter said. “We’ll bounce back from it.”
The Eagles would add a run in the fifth and the sixth. Egle scored on an error in the fifth after he doubled. Edwards crossed the plate in the sixth after an RBI fielder’s choice by Michael Hicks.
Murillo took the loss for Decatur. Krum’s Josh Reeves got the win, going all seven innings, allowing eight hits, a walk and striking out eight.