Decatur learns hard way in 9-2 loss

Jeff Housman warned his Decatur High School baseball team that there might be days like this.

Rogers was winless in the South Puget Sound League this season before smacking the Gators 9-2 Tuesday. Lesson learned, Housman hopes.

“We took Rogers for granted a bit,” he said. “We saw that they hadn’t been winning, and we’d been playing pretty well. But I’ve been telling our guys that we can’t take a day off in this league. We have to be ready to play against everybody.”

Housman said the blistering administered by Rogers on Decatur’s home field is evidence of the SPSL’s balance.

“The bottom-half teams in the SPSL would be top-half teams in lots of other leagues all over the state,” he said.

Decatur had won two of its first three league outings, including 7-4 over Emerald Ridge four days before Tuesday’s debacle.

Rogers was ahead 9-0 almost before the Gators knew what hit them. Decatur’s problems on defense (six errors) led to four unearned runs. The Rams finished their scoring with four runs in the fifth inning.

In addition to the fielding miscues, his team committed “at least three key mental errors,” such as misfiring on cutoffs, that made the Rams’ breakthrough victory that much easier, Housman said.

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