Decatur Varsity Baseball Team 3-4 on the Season

Ken Foskett, Booster Club contributer

The Decatur Bulldogs slipped to 3-4 on their still young season after back-to-back losses on the road last weekend. The Bulldogs lost a tough one, 3-2, to Howard in the first of two games at Homeplate in Peachtree City on Saturday. The Dogs were blown out 17-1 in the second game against Whitewater, shortened to just three innings because of the high score.

Last Wednesday, the Bulldogs avenged a season opening loss to North Atlanta by beating North Atlanta 3-2 in an exciting, nail biter at McCoy Park.  Sophomore Joe Grimes pitched four impressive innings, allowing only a solo homerun. Freshman Zack Schulman came in to relieve Grimes and pitched 3 innings, with only one unearned run crossing home plate.  The pitchers were backed by tight defense, with junior Charlie Shew making two incredible catches in left field and junior Brett Riley playing textbook first base.  Down 2-1 in the 6th inning, senior Raymond Glier came in to pinch hit and brought in the tying run. After a 3 up 3 down inning by Schulman, freshman Luke Bumgardner knocked in the winning run in the 7th inning.  The win was especially satisfying, given the 2-1 loss to North Atlanta in the season opener Feb. 21. For that game, seniors Brett Polston and Raymond Glier combined to pitch a stellar game, with both North Atlanta runs scored because of fielding errors.  Schulman had two hits, with his 2nd hit scoring our lone run.

The team lost its home opener against Griffin High School on Feb. 27, 8-5. While a tough loss, there were several notable highlights.  Freshman pitcher Jacob Jordan’s 4 innings of relief included 5 strikeouts with only one earned run. Grimes and senior Alex Fowler, pitching the 6th and 7th innings respectively, gave up no runs.  Sophomore Liam Foskett proved solid again behind the plate when Fowler needed to take the mound.

Feb. 25, the Bulldogs beat both opponents in a one-day tournament at Homeplate. Pitchers Schulman, Polston and Grimes combined to beat Heard County 8-6.  Our Bulldogs beat MLK 11-8 in the second game, with freshman Jack Brozek holding MLK to no runs for the first three innings of the game. Grimes and Glier came in for relief to seal the Bulldogs win.  Senior short-stop Todd Foster played excellent defense in both games at the Chuck.  Foster and Polston were standouts at the plate, responsible for many of the runs scored.

Freshman Elijah Rachell has seen playing time, as Coach Bennett’s go-to pinch runner, and freshman catcher Robert Townes joins the Varsity team as bullpen catcher.  Freshman Jimmy Mack, after playing solid outfield in the season opener, is currently on the disabled list, as is sophomore Vito Antinozzi, who as pinch runner scored the Bulldogs first run in the 6-1 win against Pacelli in our February 18 scrimmage.