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Softball: One more – Lady Eagles dominate Game 1

By Reece Waddell | Published Saturday, May 26, 2018
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On a Roll

ON A ROLL – Decatur players celebrate after scoring a run in the bottom of the second. The Lady Eagles scored five runs in the frame to win Game 1 of the 4A Region II final 9-0. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

The Decatur Lady Eagles wasted little time getting on the board in Game 1 of the 4A Region II final Thursday night at Prosper.

After scoring a run in the first, the Lady Eagles batted around in the second, plating five runs en route to a 9-0 blowout over Emory Rains.

DIALED IN – Decatur junior Reagan Chism pitches during Game 1 of the 4A Region II final Thursday against Emory Rains. Messenger photo by Joe Duty

Game 2 is back at Prosper at 5 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, would immediately follow.

Sophomore catcher Jordyn Smith started the scoring in the bottom of the second with a scorching ground ball that narrowly got past Rains’ shortstop. The ball rolled to the wall and Smith slid into third with a two-RBI triple.

Shortstop Tristyn Trull also drove in a run in the inning. She finished the game 3-for-4 at the plate.

Every Lady Eagle collected a hit. Decatur had 15 hits.

“[We’ve had] very team-driven wins,” said Decatur coach Carly Cloud. “They’re collectively as a team doing what they need to move runners around and put us in good positions.”

Junior Reagan Chism threw a complete game shutout, striking out 11. She allowed just three hits over seven innings.

Chism was perfect going into the top of the fifth. Rains’ first baseman Olivia Lusk broke up the perfect game bid with a single down the first base line.

The Lady Cats had their best opportunity to scratch across a run in the frame, but left runners stranded at second and third. Chism struck out Jordan Garvin to retire the side and get out of the jam.

“She threw pretty good. She’s consistent,” Cloud said.

Jaci Ticknor scored Trull in the bottom of the fourth on a double into the gap in left field. Katie Hale also tallied an RBI in the inning to make it 8-0.

The Lady Eagles added one final run in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-0.

Decatur is now one win away from returning to the state tournament for the first time since 2002.

“It feels good because we’ve been working for this as a team all year,” Trull said. “It’s been a team effort. We’re pretty excited.”

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