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Baseball: Eagles soar to bi-district title – Decatur bats come alive in series

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Adding to Trophy Case

ADDING TO TROPHY CASE – Decatur collected a bi-district trophy Saturday. Submitted photo

Decatur’s dynamic pitching put the Eagles into the postseason with its sterling 1.87 ERA.

That brilliant pitching was joined by a dominating performance at the plate Saturday to complete the quick sweep of Dallas Pinkston.

Starting with Tyler Ticknor’s leadoff double, the Eagles sent 17 batters to the plate in the bottom of the first, scoring 12 runs on five hits, five walks and three errors. Decatur went on for the 15-0 win in five innings to finish off the 4A Region II bi-district series.

“We hit the ball really well,” said Decatur pitcher Wilson Hicks, who tripled in the opening inning and reached base three times. “We’re starting to hit the ball a lot better and are hitting the ball hard. It’s a good sign.”

Decatur moves on to play Melissa in the area round in Argyle. Game one is at 7:30 p.m. Thursday. Game two is at 7:30 p.m. Friday. A third game, if necessary, is at 2 p.m. Saturday.

“It’s going to get a lot tougher,” Hicks said. “We know what it takes after going three rounds last year.”

After Ticknor’s double, Hicks hit a triple off the fence. Jaxon Terrell added an RBI-double for Decatur’s third extra-base hit of the opening frame.

Hicks was the only Decatur starter to come back to the plate after the first inning. The bench bats added a run in the second, third and fourth innings.

“We stayed focused the whole time,” said Decatur coach Brian Tickell. “I love that about these kids. They hold each other accountable.”

Hicks followed Bryce Elder’s no-hitter Friday with a two-hit shutout. He struck out six and walked one.

ELDER TOSSES NO-HITTER

HATS OFF – Decatur players welcome Tyler Ticknor back to the dugout after scoring a run during the Eagles’ big first inning Saturday. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur ace Bryce Elder needed only 47 pitches to get through five no-hit innings Friday in the opening game of the 4A Region II bi-district series against Dallas Pinkston.

The Eagles provided Elder with plenty of run support in a 14-0 victory.

Elder struck out eight and faced the minimum 15 hitters with the lone batter to reach base against him on a walk in the fifth inning being thrown out on the bases.

Decatur scored four in the opening inning with Wilson Hicks knocking in three on a double to right.

Hicks finished 2-for-2 with four RBIs.

The Eagles plated 10 in the second with run-scoring doubles by Derek Potts, Tyler Ticknor and Trey Penny.

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