Sanger hurler Ross Scott silenced the Decatur Eagles’ bats Friday to close out an unbeaten run through District 9-3A for the Indians.
Scott held the Eagles hitless until Michael Hicks’ lead-off single in the bottom of the fifth. It was Decatur’s lone hit of the night in an 11-0 loss.
Scott pitched four innings, striking out five, walking two and hitting two batters before turning the ball over to Anthony Escobedo, who got the final three outs in the five-inning game.
“He’s a good pitcher. He threw the ball well against us last year,” said Decatur coach Chris Carter about Scott. “He stays in the strike zone and has good velocity.”
The loss dropped the Eagles (11-13-2) to 4-4 in the 9-3A and into a three-way tie with Bridgeport and Krum for the league’s second playoff seed.
Coaches from the three teams met and flipped coins Saturday morning. Krum won the initial flip and will play host to Bridgeport or Decatur Friday at 5 p.m. to play for the second seed. Bridgeport then won the second flip and the right to host Decatur Thursday at 7:30 p.m. with the winner moving on to Friday’s game. If Thursday’s winner beats Krum Friday, the Bobcats would then play the loser of the first game for the third seed immediately following.
“You have to win to get your seeding,” Carter explained.
Decatur could have avoided the complicated playoff with a win Friday over Sanger. Any hopes of that disappeared in the top of the first inning when Sanger plated six runs on four hits, three walks and three Decatur errors.
“We made a couple of mistakes in the field early that got the ball rolling for them,” Carter said. “They hit the ball well. They hit as well as any high school team I’ve seen in a long time.”
Sanger knocked Decatur starter AJ Johnson out after two-thirds of an inning, scoring six runs – one earned – on the four hits. He walked two and struck out one.
Josh Jones came on in relief and gave the Eagles four innings of work, allowing six runs – five earned – on seven hits. He struck out four and walked three.
Four of the runs against Jones came in the top of fifth. Kyle Link’s RBI-triple put the Indians up 10-0 and ended Jones’ night. Mason Baur took over on the mound and allowed a run-scoring single by Roy Hedgecock before getting out of the inning with a strikeout.