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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 hadnt been winning, and wed been playing pretty well. But Ive been telling our guys that we cant take a day off in this league. We have to be ready to play against everybody.
Housman said the blistering administered by Rogers on Decaturs home field is evidence of the SPSLs 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 Tuesdays debacle.
Rogers was ahead 9-0 almost before the Gators knew what hit them. Decaturs 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.