Baseball: Decatur pitchers roll through tourney

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, March 9, 2016
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With two weeks left before the start of District 8-4A play, the Decatur pitching staff appears in midseason form.

The staff allowed only three runs in five games over the weekend at the Bowie Tournament. The Eagles finished the weekend 4-1, moving to 7-3 on the season.

“We pitched well,” said Decatur coach Brian Tickell. “We used eight guys on the mound this weekend and we’re not afraid to give any of them the ball.”

The Decatur hurlers attacked the strike zone throughout the tournament, piling up 35 strikeouts and giving up just six walks.

“We want 70 percent strikes and 75 percent first-pitch strikes, and we were right there,” Tickell said. “They were attacking the strike zone. That helps the defense.”

Jesus Gam shut out Henrietta, allowing seven hits in seven innings.

Derek Potts suffered the lone setback in a 2-1 loss to Godley. He held Godley to a run over five and one-third on six hits.

Trey Penny and Tanner Terrell combined to hold Paradise to a run in five innings of an 8-1 victory. AJ Johnson doubled, homered and drove in four in the victory.

Jaxon Terrell scattered nine hits over seven scoreless innings in a 1-0 victory over Bowie. He struck out 10 and walked two.

Bryce Elder, Tanner Terrell and Tucker DuBois combined for seven scoreless innings in a 5-0 win over Peaster.

The Eagles play their final tournament this weekend in Brock.

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