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Rains wins extra innings thriller, eliminates Decatur in region final

By Reece Waddell | Published Sunday, May 27, 2018.
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With the winning run 60 feet away, junior Reagan Chism took a long look into the Decatur dugout and at catcher Jordyn Smith.

There was one out in the bottom of the ninth and the bases were loaded. Emory Rains had speedy lead-off hitter Leo Terry up in a 2-2 tie.

Facing her biggest jam of the night, Chism reached back and uncorked a pitch that ran inside and hit Terry on the arm. The hit-by-pitch sent the Lady Cats to the state tournament.

Sophomore catcher Jordyn Smith reacts after losing Game 3 in extra innings. Decatur finished its season one win shy of advancing to the state tournament. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Rains won the 4A Region II final series at Prosper in dramatic fashion, coming away with a 3-2 extra innings victory in Game 3 Saturday night. The Lady Cats took the series 2-1 after getting routed 9-0 in Game 1 Thursday.

“They never give up,” said Decatur coach Carly Cloud of her team. “I’m unbelievably proud of them.”

Chism went eight and one-third innings for the Lady Eagles in Game 3. She scattered three runs on six hits, striking out nine and walking three.

In Game 2, Chism surrendered five runs on eight hits in six innings. She threw a total of 233 pitches between Game 2 and 3 with only a half hour break. Chism sat Rains down in order in the sixth and seventh and worked around a two-out walk in the eighth.

“I’m not going to deny, she probably was fatigued,” Cloud said. “But she’s a fighter. I’m very proud of her. She never once second-guessed.”

Decatur out-hit the Lady Cats 9-6 in Game 3 but had trouble with runners in scoring position. The Lady Eagles left the bases loaded in the second and stranded runners at first and second in the third.

“We’re very capable of hitting the ball. I don’t know,” Cloud said. “We just hit it right to them.”

Katie Hale put Decatur up 2-0 in the second on an RBI-double to left but was thrown out trying to stretch it into a triple. Smith scored the Lady Eagles’ first run of the game on a passed ball in the top of the first.

Rains’ starter Chanlee Oakes helped her own cause in the bottom of the third, delivering an RBI-double on a hit-and-run to cut Decatur’s lead in half. The Lady Cats tied the game in the fifth on an RBI-double by Dezaray Duarte.

Rains’ Dezaray Duarte celebrates after tying Game 3 on an RBI-double in the fifth inning. Messenger photo by Joe Duty.

Decatur ended its season 25-6 overall. The Lady Eagles went undefeated in league play, claiming the District 9-4A title. Decatur dispatched Dallas Roosevelt, Melissa, Bonham and Rusk before falling to Rains.

Game 2

Chanlee Oakes retired 14 of the final 15 Decatur batters she faced as Rains knocked off the Lady Eagles 5-3 in Game 2 of the 4A Region II final Saturday afternoon.

The Lady Cats used solo home runs by Jasmine Mott, Catrin Hoffman and Dezaray Duarte to come away with the win and force a decisive Game 3. Hoffman and Duarte both went yard in the bottom of the second.

Hoffman’s long-ball came in the bottom of the sixth to give Rains an insurance run.

Chism surrendered five runs on seven hits over six innings. She struck out six and walked one.

Decatur got its first run of the game on an RBI-groundout by Tristyn Trull. After Rains took the lead in the second, the Lady Eagles knotted the score at 3 in the top of the third.

Lilly Hooks led off the inning with a double into the corner in left field. Jordyn Smith then drove her in and Trull plated Smith with a ringing RBI-double.

Trull finished the game 1-for-3 with an RBI. Smith went 2-for-3 at the plate and also plated a run.

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