Late Slide Bounces Decatur From Title Game

BERLIN- A couple of late season setbacks cost the Decatur varsity baseball team a shot at playing in the Bayside Conference championship game, but the season goes on for the Seahawks with the state regional championship.

Decatur jumped out to a 14-0 record and appeared to be a shoo-in to represent the Bayside South in the conference championship game, but the Seahawks came undone a little down the stretch. After a 2-0 loss to Parkside on April 29, the road to the conference championship game became more difficult.

Decatur did rebound with a 12-0 rout of Kent Island, but fell to Dover, 9-1, last Saturday, and more importantly, lost to Bennett, 3-1, in the road on Monday. Nonetheless, the Seahawks earned a number-two seed in the state 3A-East region Section II bracket and a first-round bye. Decatur will face the winner of the first-round game between Northeast and Bennett at home on Monday. Chesapeake is the top seed in the bracket.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.