Decatur overwhelms Mt. Rainier Rams in slugfest
By Gerardo Bolong
Led by the outstanding fielding and hitting of senior shortstop Sydney Victor, the Decatur softball team overwhelmed the home team Mt. Rainier Rams 19-8 in a non-division NPSL 4A match up.
The Ram overall record fell to 4-8 while its Cascade division record remained at 3-5 as the stretch run for play off berths ensued. Decatur of Federal Way improved to 5-6 and stood at 1-6 in the Olympic division.
Under cloudy skies in Des Moines, Mt. Rainier fell behind the eight-ball in the first inning. Victor was hit by a pitch and later stole second base. Madi Combs singled Victor home to ignite and eight-run Gator surge that was capped by Victor's deep blast, two-run homer over the left centerfield fence.
In the second inning, Decatur tacked on three additional tallies to lead 11-0, but the Rams responded with runs in the bottom of the frame. Alyssa Debiase's one-out single was followed by a Carley Bonds chip shot single into left field. Up to the plate stepped Bryana Jenkins to deliver a single to left field for one run plus another tally when the left fielder allowed the ball to get through. Nicole Pham then grounded out to culminate the three-run rally.
The Rams drew even closer in the fifth inning after the Gators added a fourth inning run. An infield three-base throwing error followed by Molly McCabe's single and a wild pitch accounted for two runs. Later in the inning, Kelsea Grettenburg's run-scoring double plus a Bonds sacrifice bunt each accounted for a run to draw Mt. Rainier within 12-7.
Kyla Flynn's run-scoring double brought the score to 12-8 after five innings.
Decatur doused any thoughts of a Ram final comeback by firing off two runs in the sixth inning and a five-spot in the seventh inning highlighted by Victor's three-run homer over the centerfield fence.
Victor was a human vacuum cleaner at shortstop as well as closing out the game on the mound with a scoreless seventh inning featuring a trio of strike outs against four batters faced. Jessica Karmell batted 3-for-4 including a triple and RBI. Raiven Alexander-Brown was 3-for-5 with four RBI.
For Mt. Rainier, Jenkins was 2-for-4.
"Our team fought back well," said Ram head coach Shawn Metzger. "We're young and getting better every game."