Lady Eagles outlast Rusk, take Game 1

By Jay Neal, for the Messenger | Published Thursday, May 17, 2018.
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Decatur took advantage of its opportunities early and then kept Rusk at bay to post a 2-1 win in Game 1 of the 4A Region II semifinal Thursday at Rockwall.

The Lady Eagles used lead-off walks from Jordyn Smith and Brison Hesteande to jump on Rusk ace Preslye Cox in the first inning. Both Smith and Hesteande came around to score to give Decatur a quick 2-0 advantage they would not relinquish.

Brison Hesteande dives back to first base on a close play during Game 1 of the 4A Region II semifinal. Hesteande had one of Decatur’s three hits in the 2-1 victory. Photo by Jay Neal.

“I think it helped us to get the early lead,” said Decatur coach Carly Cloud.

Smith advanced to second after a walk to Hesteande. Immediately after, Tristyn Trull laid down a well-placed sacrifice bunt to move Smith and Hesteande up another base.

Smith raced in to score the first run of the game when Cox uncorked a wild pitch. Hesteande later scored on a base hit to center by Jaci TIcknor.

Rusk scored its lone run of the night in the bottom of the fourth, cutting Decatur’s lead to 2-1.

Hesteande stroked a base hit in the sixth and starting pitcher Reagan Chism had a single in the final frame, but neither was able to score.

“Overall I thought we played well, but we have got to get our offense going,” Cloud said.

Rusk put a runner in scoring position with one out in the sixth, but Chism retired the next two hitters she faced to end the threat. She pitched a complete game for the Lady Eagles and scattered one run on four hits — all singles.

She did not walk a batter and struck out seven.

Rusk out-hit Decatur four to three, but stranded three base runners. The Lady Eagles only left one runner aboard. The two will square off again at 7 p.m. Friday in Game 2. If Decatur wins, they will advance to the 4A Region II final.

If Rusk wins, they will force a decisive Game 3 at 7 p.m. Saturday.

“This is the position that we wanted to be in,” Cloud said.

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