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Clean sweep: Decatur beats Big Spring, wins area title

By Kevin Lewis for the Messenger | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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BIG START – Decatur’s Chase Oberle pitches during Game 1 of the 4A Region I area series with Big Spring. Oberle struck out 11 and threw a complete game, leading the Eagles to a 4-3 victory. Messenger photo by Claudia Lusk

Decatur combined another strong pitching performance with impressive run support Saturday afternoon as the No. 9 Eagles defeated Big Spring 10-0 at Wayland Baptist to sweep the 4A Region I area series.

The game was scoreless until Decatur (28-5) put up four runs in the bottom of the fourth and six more in the fifth.

“We hit the ball well even when we didn’t score. Then we started finding some holes,” said Decatur coach Tommy Maddox.

One-out walks by clean-up hitter Jaxsyn Fletcher and singles by Beau Bedford opened both scoring flurries.

Chase Oberle, the winning pitcher in Friday’s 4-3 victory at Wilder Field, drove in the game’s first two runs with a double. An error helped Oberle score. A single by Seth Jakanson and sacrifice fly by Cole Davis made it 4-0.

“We didn’t take as many big swings,” said Davis, a senior second baseman. “We kept hitting it hard but kept it on the ground.”

In the fifth, after Fletcher walked, Bedford singled, Oberle walked and designated hitter Dalton Jackson delivered a two-run double down the left-field line.

Jackson scored on a wild pitch and Hakanson came up with his second single. A fielder’s choice and a walk loaded the bases for Wilson Hicks’ two-out, game-ending, two-run single.

On the mound, senior southpaw Bodi Rascon pitched all five innings for Decatur, allowing only two singles while striking out eight and walking one. On Friday, Oberle fanned 11 and walked one while giving up four hits in seven innings against the Steers.

“Both pitchers threw very well,” Maddox said. “It was good to be able to score some and support those guys.”

Decatur advances to the 4A Region I quarterfinal and will take on Iowa Park. The three-game series will be played in Bowie.

Game 1 is set for 7 p.m. Thursday. Game 2 will be 3 p.m. Saturday. Game 3, if necessary, would immediately follow Game 2.

“We have to keep up our hitting,” Davis said. “If we do that we’ll be alright.”

GAME 1

Chase Oberle struck out 11 and tallied two hits and an RBI to lead Decatur to a 4-3 win over Big Spring in the opening game of the 4A Region I area series Friday night at Wayland Baptist.

Oberle’s 11 strikeouts on a cold, misty evening matched his season high. He is 7-0 and 2-0 in playoff starts.

At the plate, the junior drove in Beau Bedford for the first run of the game as part of a three-run fourth inning. Courtesy runner Isaiah Galarza made it 2-0 on Seth Hakanson’s groundout. Cole Davis came across to score on Bodi Rascon’s RBI-double, making it 3-0.

Decatur picked up an insurance run that ultimately gave the Eagles the win in the fifth. Wilson Hicks led off with a double, advanced to third on a groundout then scored on a passed ball.

Oberle gave up just one hit until the sixth when Big Spring got back-to-back singles. Two strikeouts later, Bryson Van Vleet hit an inside-the-park home run off the bottom of the right-field wall, making it 4-3.

But Oberle struck out the next batter and two others in the bottom of the seventh.

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