(April 19, 2013) The Stephen Decatur baseball team squeaked out a 4-2 victory over the Mardela Warriors in Berlin last Saturday, and after a day off, the boys returned to the field Monday to shut out the Chincoteague Ponies 10-0.
The Seahawks led 2-0 then pulled ahead 4-0 during the April 13 match-up with the Warriors. The visitors scored two runs, but Decatur held on for the win.
Sophomore Grant Donahue (one RBI) and senior Dallas Harrington each had a hit. Decatur pitchers only allowed one hit. Junior Andrew Borradaile pitched the first four innings and struck out two. Freshman Lane Dillon took the mound for the final three innings and struck out four.
“We played really good defense behind them,” said Decatur Coach Rich Ferro. “Offensively, we were kind of hitting balls at people. We had a couple more strikeouts then we thought we’d have, but we got some timely hitting.”
On Monday, the Ponies traveled to Berlin to battle the Seahawks. The home team led 3-0 and tacked on four in the fourth to pull ahead 7-0.
Decatur had an 8-0 advantage in the bottom of the fifth. With bases loaded, sophomore Justin Meekins’ hit got through the infield to score two runs and end the game (10-run slaughter rule).
Senior Chase Church went 2-for-4 with two RBIs. Donahue contributed on offense with two hits. On the mound, he had a no-hitter, struck out eight and walked two.
“Grant pitched well and the infield played well behind him,” Ferro said. “We came out and we were aggressive at the plate, we took some good swings and we tried to go the other way with some pitches, so overall we were pretty happy with them offensively and defensively.”
As the Seahawks start the second half of the season, they’ll take on teams they’ve already battled once this year. Decatur is slated to travel to Crisfield on Monday to play the Crabbers. Crisfield won the March 27 game 4-0. Ferro said the shutout was tough on the Seahawks.
“I’m interested to see where we stand and how much better we’ve gotten since we played Crisfield,” Ferro said.