Decatur busts out of hitting slump in 14-6 win over Bridgeport

By Reece Waddell | Published Tuesday, April 23, 2019.
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After being shut out the past two games, runs were starting to become a rare commodity for the Decatur Eagles.

“It was frustrating, especially when you go two games without scoring a run,” said Decatur senior Wilson Hicks. “I feel like we hit the ball hard in those games. We just couldn’t find a break.”

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

The Eagles busted out of their hitting slump Monday night, piling up 14 hits in a 14-6 win over Bridgeport on senior night.

“It was good, and really, the kind of hits we got were good,” said Decatur coach Tommy Maddox. “We started hitting the ball hard on the ground and found some holes. We moved some runners. It wasn’t like we were up there trying to swing and hit it off the fences.”

Decatur tallied nine runs in the fifth inning, batting around. The Eagles fell behind 2-0 early, and took the lead, 4-2, on Hicks’ two-run single, which sparked the hit parade.

“I just went up there not trying to do too much,” Hicks said. “It was kind of like how we scored our first two runs. I hit a hard ground ball, and we were able to score two runs.”

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

Bridgeport took its 2-0 lead in the second inning, scoring on a wild pitch and sacrifice bunt.

The Bulls’ starter Daniel Delgadillo, held Decatur in check for the first three innings, but ran into trouble in the fourth. He scattered seven runs on eight hits over four and two-thirds innings. He struck out five.

Decatur starter Chase Oberle lasted five innings. He gave up three runs on three hits, fanning five.

Hicks finished the night 3-for-5 with three RBIs. Dayne Chapman went 2-for-4 with a walk and drove in three. Bodi Rascon was also 2-for-4 with a walk. He tallied two RBIs.

“Down 2-0 early, we were kind of forced to get into a good approach and it was good to see them do that and start hitting the ball like that,” Maddox said. “It was encouraging. We preach a lot about just getting baserunners on, moving them around and putting the ball in play. That’s what we were able to do. It was fun to see.

“I think it [had] been frustrating for everybody, but I know it had been frustrating for the kids because they’ve been doing some good things and not having anything to show for it.”

The loss eliminated Bridgeport from playoff contention. The Bulls finished the season 1-7 in District 8-4A.

Decatur improved to 23-5 and 4-3 in District 8-4A. The Eagles close out the regular season Friday in Springtown and have clinched a playoff berth.

If Decatur beats Springtown and Krum loses to Argyle Friday, the Eagles would finish in second place.

“I’ve told them all week and last week we needed to start climbing going into the playoffs. They hold a lot of that stress and want to do good,” Maddox said. “All of those seniors have meant a lot to this program. A lot of them have played for three or four years on varsity. To win their last game against Bridgeport on their home field was pretty special.”

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