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Decatur softball overpowered by Chesapeake

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 18, 2017

(May 19, 2017) The Stephen Decatur softball team won its 3A East Region Section II first-round game on Monday, 7-6 over the Hammond Bears, but the following day the Lady Seahawks struggled to produce against the top-seeded Chesapeake-AA Cougars, and lost 14-2.

The fifth-seeded Lady Seahawks traveled to Columbia on Monday to face the No. 4 Bears.

The home team scored four runs in the first inning. Decatur drove in two in the second and three in the fourth to pull ahead 5-4. Hammond evened it up 5-5 in the fifth.

With the score tied after seven, the game went into extra innings.

“We enter an international tiebreaker in the eighth, which means the last out of the seventh inning starts on second base,” Decatur Coach Heather Patnode said. “For us, it was [senior captain] Sam Kefauver.”

Sophomore Lexi Black hit a single up the middle to move Kefauver to third. Then Hammond made a throwing error to third that allowed Kefauver to score and Black to reach  second.

Sophomore Caroline Cardamone singled, scoring Black and Decatur led 7-5.

The Bears tallied one run in the bottom of the eighth.

“This was one of the best games we have played. It was a team win that was really fun to watch,” Patnode said. “The girls were down after the first and they kept their heads up, their attitudes positive and worked really hard to tick away at the 4-0 deficit to come out with the win. I am super proud of their hard work and dedication to win the first round of playoffs.”

Black threw all eight innings. She struck out seven, walked five and allowed six hits. At the plate, she went 2-for-2 (singles) and was walked twice.

Sophomore Alex Richwalski singled twice. Cardamone was 2-for-4 (single, double) with two RBIs. Freshman Amber Whittaker went 1-for-3 (double) with a RBI.

The Seahawks got back on the bus Tuesday and took a trip to Pasadena to battle the Cougars.

“They were a strong team [with] great hitters [and] strong defense,” Patnode said. “We played the best we could. We made a few errors, but they just hit hard and found holes that we couldn’t defend. We lacked a little offensively. [We] couldn’t find the holes and didn’t take advantage of runners on.”

Decatur finished the season with a 9-10 record.

“We struggled this season as we were a young team,” Patnode said. “We took some losses we shouldn’t have, got some wins that we worked hard for, learned a lot from each other, and know what we have to do next year to be a stronger more competitive team. We hurt ourselves more often than we should have [with errors and stranding runners on base], but it was all lessons learned and will help us for next year.”

Decatur will lose three seniors to graduation. Kefauver, a utility player/third baseman/shortstop, and right fielders Gina Arrivello and Grace Burton.

“With only losing one starter and having a young team, I think we will come back stronger and more competitive,” Patnode said. “If we can fix our small mistakes, become more aggressive at the plate, and be confident in ourselves then we could really be someone to watch out for and expected to be a competitive team.”

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