BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity baseball team stayed on a roll this week, sweeping two games including an 11-1 over Parkside on Monday to improve to 4-1 on the season.
Since an opening day loss to Bennett two weeks ago, the Seahawks have reeled off four straight wins including a 19-6 drubbing of Washington last Thursday and the 11-1 win over Parkside on Monday. Decatur has used the combination of clutch hitting from up and down the line-up to often lights out pitching by its starters in the streak, during which the Seahawks have outscored their opponents by a combined 59-12.
Against Parkside on Monday, the Seahawks found themselves in the unusual position of trailing in the game after yielding a first-inning run to the Rams. Decatur responded with two in the bottom of the first to take a 2-1 lead and never looked back.
Troy Bennett led off the home half of the first with a single, followed by another single by Chris Bunting. Marshall Betts then lined a single up the middle to score Bennett. James Rossi walked to load the bases before Josh Tyndall hit a bloop single to score the Seahawks’ second run of the inning. With a 2-1 lead after one, Decatur starter Brad Stiles settled in and pitched a gem, striking out three and scattering three hits over five innings as the Seahawks cruised to the 11-1 win.
The big win on Monday continued an early season hot streak for the Seahawks. After losing a tight, 3-2, game to Bennett in the season opener, Decatur has now won four straight. The Seahawks pounded Washington, 19-6, last Thursday in a game during which just about every player in the line-up contributed.
Betts had three hits, scored two runs and drove in three. Bunting had two hits including a home run, while Mike Baglieri, Mike O’Neill, Connor Molloy and Mike Newcomb each collected two hits. Stiles also hit a two-run home against Washington. Decatur plays Wicomico on the road this afternoon and will return home for a game against Worcester County rival Pocomoke next Tuesday