Softball: Chism throws gem – Lady Eagles blank Melissa, win area title

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, May 5, 2018
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Jumping for Joy

JUMPING FOR JOY – Decatur players celebrate after their 11-0 victory over Melissa in the 4A Region II area round. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the fourth, Melissa finally managed its first hit off Decatur starter Reagan Chism with a looping single to right field.

The next batter lined out softly to first baseman Lilly Hooks, who doubled off the Lady Cardinals’ runner. This proved to be a sign of things to come.

Chism threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout as the Lady Eagles blanked Melissa 11-0 to claim the 4A Region II area championship at Prosper. The junior struck out 12 in seven innings.

“I was in a groove,” Chism said. “I was feeling it. We had energy, and we all just fed off each other. That really contributed to the win tonight. We were all super excited and ready to play.”

Dialed In

DIALED IN – Decatur’s Reagan Chism pitches during a playoff game against Melissa. Chism threw a complete-game shutout in the Lady Eagles’ 11-0 win. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Decatur will play the winner of Bonham and Krum in the 4A Region I quarterfinal. The Lady Eagles have already beaten the Lady Bobcats twice this season in District 9-4A play. Krum is the defending 4A state champion.

Decatur had also already beaten Melissa earlier this year. The Lady Eagles topped the Lady Cardinals 3-2 in extra innings on Feb. 27.

“[Playing them] helped us tremendously,” Chism said. “We saw how their hitters hit and pitcher pitched. We had so much energy when we came out here. We jumped on them from the get-go.”

Tristyn Trull got the scoring started early for Decatur in the top of the first. After Jordyn Smith singled to lead off the game, Brison Hesteande bunted her over to second. With a runner in scoring position, Trull laced an RBI-double into the left field gap for the Lady Eagles’ first run of the game.

Samantha Cantu added another run in the frame on an RBI-single.

Later in the fifth, Jaci Ticknor collected an RBI on a line-drive single into center. Decatur blew the game open in the sixth, doing most of its damage with two outs.

Smith and Hesteande each plated runs in the inning to push the Lady Eagles’ lead to 7-0. Decatur got two more runs on an error and passed ball.

Hooks and Smith tallied RBIs in the seventh to make it 11-0 and seal the victory for the Lady Eagles.

Decatur improved to 21-3 overall on the season. The Lady Eagles are averaging 8.2 runs per game this year while opponents are averaging just 1.6 runs.

“I think we can go all the way,” Chism said. “We’ve really come together as a team. We’ve gelled from the very start. [We have] a lot of team chemistry.”

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