Decatur drops two games to Russellville
By Josh Cooper
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The suspense came at the wrong times for Decatur High's baseball team in its doubleheader losses to Russellville on Tuesday.
In both games, the Red Raiders found themselves trying to stave off the mercy rule, and both times it didn't happen.
It was just one of those days for Decatur, losing 15-5 in the first game and 16-6 in the second.
"We got beat by a good team," said Red Raiders coach Mike Burns. "They played well in all areas of the game."
At the start of the first game, all seemed right for Decatur (8-17). A three-run home run by Tyler Spivey in the third inning put the Red Raiders up 4-0.
But in the fourth, the Golden Tigers (27-5) scored two runs, got some momentum and went on an almost unstoppable roll. The fifth inning saw Russellville score seven runs to take a 9-4 advantage, and from that point on the Golden Tigers never trailed again in either game.
When talking of Russellville, Burns said, "They're a good team. They know how to win. They never saw themselves out of that game."
Spivey finished the game, going 1-for-3 with the three-run home run and Noah Iverson was 2-for-3 with two singles. John Frost and Will Dennis each had singles.
Russellville's offensive barrage started early and continued throughout the second game. Four runs in the first inning and eight in the second pushed the score to 12-0 before the Red Raiders recorded a hit.
At that point, one fan in the stands pleaded for her team to "get mad and get even."
And in some ways the Golden Tigers did, scoring six runs in the fourth inning.
Ben Neill had a two-RBI triple, and Alex Gist smacked a two-RBI double to right field.
This put the score at 14-6, keeping Decatur's chances of winning alive.
But two runs in the top of the fifth by the Golden Tigers, and a Pete Brown strikeout with the bases loaded in the bottom of the fifth enacted the mercy rule, putting Russellville ahead by 10 runs and ending the game.
"When we were down, we did not quit," Burns said. "Our guys didn't fold."
Evan Fergerson went 4-for-4 with a home run and five RBIs for Russellville. Patrick Hines was 3-for-3 with two singles a double and three RBIs while Cory Trapp was 2-for-3 with a double, a single and two RBIs.
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