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Read delivers game-winner as Decatur walks off, beats Glen Rose for bi-district title

By Reece Waddell | Published Friday, May 3, 2019.
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With the tying run in scoring position in the fifth inning, Glen Rose intentionally walked Wilson Hicks to get to Decatur’s clean-up man, Triston Read.

The junior bounced out to the Tigers’ pitcher for the final out of the frame, leaving Bodi Rascon stranded at second. Down to their final two outs, the Eagles found themselves in a similar situation in the seventh.

Trailing 3-2, Decatur put runners on second and third with one away. Glen Rose again walked Hicks, loading the bases for Read.

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

“I was hoping for him because with Triston, the way we know he can hit, you wouldn’t think they’d walk Wilson to get to him,” said Decatur coach Tommy Maddox. “To do it twice, I was hoping for his sake and our sake, it would come back to bite them.”

It did.

Read laced a two-run single into right field, sending Decatur home with a walk-off 4-3 victory and the 4A Region I bi-district title in Game 2 Friday night.

“All game I was struggling,” Read said. “I’ve been in a slump for the past few games. I was just trying to relax. I had so much pressure on me but Coach Maddox helped me through it. I was just trying to get it in play and score those two runs any way possible.”

Cole Davis led off the seventh with an opposite-field triple on a fly ball that barely got past Glen Rose’s diving right fielder. Rascon then reached on an error and Dayne Chapman struck out, setting the stage for Read’s heroics.

“Situationally, he locked in that last at-bat,” Maddox said. “He took it where it was and hit it hard. That’s what you’ve got to do.”

The Eagles advance to the area round and will play Big Spring next week.

Rascon got the start for Decatur and gave up three runs on four hits. He struck out 10 and walked three.

Messenger photo by Mack Thweatt.

“I felt like my changeup and slider were working pretty good all day,” Rascon said. “Two runs, and that third one I couldn’t do anything about. We came out with the win and that’s all we needed.”

The Tigers scored two runs in the third and took a 2-1 lead on a fielder’s choice and errant throw to second that trickled into centerfield. Later in the fourth, Rascon got out of a bases-loaded jam, ringing up Glen Rose’s No. 9 hitter to retire the side.

“He pitched great,” Maddox said. “The one inning they scored the two runs, we kind of misplayed a few balls. We slipped on one and started bobbling. They scored two runs, but he kept it there and gave us a chance to win.”

Decatur tied the game, 2-2, in the sixth after Chase Oberle reached base on a dropped fly ball. He came around to score on a wild throw to first base.

Glen Rose committed six errors in the game. The Eagles improved to 26-5 and have won four straight dating back to the regular season.

“It was amazing,” Read said. “It feels really good to fight back and show that heart we have.”

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