The Decatur Eagles started the season 4-9-2, playing against some of the area’s top teams at the North Texas Tournament of Champions and the Princeton Tournament.
But those opening struggles have given way to the Eagles’ recent surge at the start of District 9-3A play. With an 11-5 victory over Krum Friday, Decatur (8-9-2) moved to a league-best 2-0 and extended its winning streak to four games.
Decatur coach Chris Carter credits that tough opening stretch for some of the success the team is now experiencing.
“We faced some good teams and saw some good pitching and tough hitting. There’s not much that can be thrown at us that we haven’t seen,” Carter said. “We didn’t get down after the two tough tournaments. We kept focused on what’s important – and improving.”
The Decatur bats have come alive during the streak. The Eagles had 11 hits last week in the 5-4 victory over Gainesville, including Nick Trachta’s walk-off homer. In Friday’s win over Krum, Decatur pounded out 16 hits, including three each for Mason Baur and Drew Edwards.
“It was our best hitting game of the season,” Carter said. “The kids have gained confidence that maybe they didn’t have early in the season. They are focusing on having quality at-bats and are not worried about average or striking out.”
Baur gave the Eagles six scoreless innings on the mound, striking out 11 and allowing three hits. He issued two walks.
Baur’s strong start followed the complete game win by Clayton Egle against Gainesville last week.
“They are throwing the ball good,” Carter said. “They are focused on throwing strikes, and we are playing good defense behind them.”
The Eagles took on rival Bridgeport at home Tuesday and will close the first half of 9-3A play April 1 at Sanger.
“It’s important to get off to a quick start,” Carter said. “But it’s more important how you finish.”