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Decatur softball team earns wins over Wi-Hi, Arcadia

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 13, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur sophomore pitcher Alexis Black dominates on the mound during Monday’s game against Wicomico. Black struck out 14, walked four and allowed three hits. Decatur won 14-4.

(April 14, 2017) The Stephen Decatur softball team scored wins over the Wicomico Indians and Arcadia Firebirds this week on its home field in Berlin.

The Lady Seahawks, sporting orange T-shirts while playing, outscored the Indians 14-4 on Monday.

“The game was being played to support a student here at SDHS, DeShawn Spence, who was recently diagnosed with Leukemia,” said Decatur Coach Heather Patnode. “We wore orange as it is the color of the Leukemia support ribbon.”

Spence, a junior, is in one of Patnode’s classes.

“We had a bake sale and donation table to collect money to give to him and his family. We raised $350,” Patnode said. “Wi-Hi was so graciously accepting and supporting of allowing us to have this game in his honor.”

Wi-Hi scored four runs in the second inning. Decatur tallied three in the second and three in the third to pull ahead 6-4. The Seahawks tacked on four in the fourth inning and four in the sixth.

“We always enjoy playing them as they are competitive, friendly and always have a great head on their shoulders,” Patnode said. “They show great sportsmanship every time we play them. We thank them for supporting our cause with us.”

Sophomore pitcher Alexis Black dominated on the mound. Black struck out 14, walked four and allowed three hits.

“The girls played pretty well, but Lexi Black did most of the work,” Patnode said. “She struck out 14 and had two put outs (one fly out and one grounder-throw to first). So out of 18 outs, she had 16 of them.”

At the plate, she hit a single and a double.

Freshman Sierra Eisemann had three singles. She stole five bases and scored twice.

Senior captain Sam Kefauver, sophomore Caroline Cardamone and freshman Amber Whittaker hit three singles each.

On Wednesday, Decatur won 11-1 in five innings (10-run slaughter rule).

The Seahawks scored four in the first inning and two in the fourth to take a 6-0 lead.

Arcadia drove in its lone run in the fifth. Decatur added five in the bottom of that inning.

Black recorded four strikeouts, walked three and allowed one hit in five innings. She also blasted a home run over the fence to help her team on offense.

Kefauver went 2-for-3 (two doubles), with two runs scored and two stolen bases. Whittaker was 3-for-3 (two singles, a double), with two runs scored and three stolen bases.

“We played pretty well. A lot of teamwork in making outs and getting runs,” Patnode said. “We came out with a win and high spirits going into next week knowing we have three tough competitive teams we face three days in a row after spring break.”

Decatur will play the Snow Hill Eagles on the road on Tuesday, then host the Pocomoke Warriors the next day. The Seahawks will take a trip to Ridgely on Thursday to face the North Caroline Bulldogs. All games are slated to begin at 4 p.m.

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