Ocean City Today

Decatur softball earns wins over conference opponents

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 05, 2018
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur sophomore Amber Whittaker takes a swing during Tuesday’s game against Wicomico. She went 1-for-2 with a walk, had an RBI and stole two bases in Decatur’s 6-1 win.

(April 6, 2018) Coming off a big 3-2 victory over the James M. Bennett Clippers last Wednesday, the Stephen Decatur softball team earned another conference win this week, outscoring the Wicomico Indians, 6-1, on Tuesday in Berlin.

“The entire team was so excited to beat Bennett. One of our girls mentioned that she hasn’t seen that many girls jump up and down screaming that much in a long time,” Decatur Assistant Coach Cheryl Harte said. “We scored first, which helped with confidence and keeping us up.”

Decatur scored three runs in the second inning. Bennett tallied its runs in the fourth.

“After Bennett scored those two runs, we hit a bit of a lull with our attitude and spirit, but they picked themselves back up and finished strong,” Harte said.

Junior Lexi Black threw all seven innings. She struck out seven, walked four and allowed three hits.

Junior Alex Richwalski went 3-for-3 (singles) and scored once. Freshman Brooklyn Pugner hit a double and had an RBI.

On their home field again on Tuesday, the Seahawks scored one run in the first, three in the second, one in the fourth, and one in the sixth. Wicomico tallied its run in the sixth.

“I knew it was going to be a struggle right from the get-go. Our warm-up was less than stellar and that carried into the game,” Harte said. “We have been trying to improve on our mental game by making the girls set goals for every day (game or practice) and reflecting upon that day’s performance. I think we played down to our opponent and that was really disappointing.”

Black took the mound for the first four innings. She struck out 10, held the Lady Indians hitless and walked one. Sophomore Sierra Eisemann threw three innings. She allowed two hits, walked two and struck out two.

“Fielding was pretty solid for the few times Wi-Hi put it in play, but our pitching truly dominated the game,” Harte said.

Eisemann went 2-for-4, scored twice, stole five bases and had an RBI. Sophomore Amber Whittaker went 1-for-2 with a walk. She scored twice, had an RBI and stole two bases.

Decatur will travel to Stevensville to take on the Kent Island Buccaneers, today, Friday, at 4 p.m. The Seahawks will play Wicomico on Monday in Salisbury and Nandua in Onancock, Virginia, on Tuesday. Both games begin at 4 p.m.

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