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Krum shuts down Decatur

By Reece Waddell | Published Wednesday, April 17, 2019
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THROWING HEAT – Decatur’s Chase Oberle pitches during a game against Krum. Oberle gave up no hits in two innings of relief. Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt

With a runner at third in the top of the fifth inning, Decatur’s Dalton Jackson rolled over on a pitch and hit a slow ground ball down the third-base line.

Beau Bedford broke for home on the play, trying to get the Eagles on the board. But Krum’s Tanner Dieleman came up firing, gunning down Bedford at the plate.

That was one of the few scoring chances Decatur had Friday, as the Eagles’ bats were silenced in a 2-0 loss to the Bobcats.

“Our approach at the plate, the last two or three games, has been so bad,” said Decatur coach Tommy Maddox. “We’re trying to do too much. Against guys that can run it up there a little bit, that’s what you get.”

Krum held Decatur to just one hit. The Eagles struck out 11 times.

“We’re swinging too hard, trying to pull everything and do too much,” Maddox said. “When we were down 1-0, guys are trying to tie it with one swing instead of getting baserunners. We’ve just got to go back to work and try to figure out how to do it.”

Decatur starter Wilson Hicks lasted four innings, giving up two runs on three hits. He struck out four and walked two.

Chase Oberle entered in relief in the fifth inning and did not allow a hit. He fanned three batters.

The Bobcats’ two runs came on RBI-groundouts.

“I thought Wilson for just his second start competed and pitched well,” Maddox said. “Chase came in and threw well. You give up two runs and you should feel pretty good about winning the game, and we weren’t even close.”

The Eagles got the leadoff man aboard in the first, fourth, fifth and seventh innings, but were unable to bring them around. Decatur stranded all six of its baserunners.

“The last couple of innings we got baserunners, had a chance and almost scored,” Maddox said. “You wait until all of a sudden you have to do it. You do that the whole game [and] you have a better opportunity.”

The Eagles fell to 22-4 and 3-2 in District 8-4A. The loss also dropped them out of the Texas High School Baseball Coaches Association Class 4A top 10.

Decatur hosted 4A defending champion and No. 1 Argyle Tuesday night. The Eagles lost the first meeting 2-1 March 29.

“I told them if I didn’t feel like we had the talent, it wouldn’t frustrate me as much,” Maddox said. “But I know we have the talent, just right now, mentally, our approach isn’t good. We’ll go back to work and see what we can do with Argyle Tuesday night.”

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