Ocean City Today

Harte proud of players for stepping up to fill positions

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | May 17, 2018

(May 18, 2018) The Stephen Decatur softball team struggled to generate any offense during Monday’s 3A East Region Section II second-round game against a strong Chesapeake team in Pasadena.

“You can tell how hard the Chesapeake girls work at practice and in the offseason. Their warm-up was practically flawless as was their game play,” Decatur Coach Cheryl Harte said after her team’s 13-0 loss to the Cougars of Anne Arundel. “Their pitcher completely dominated. We only got two hits the entire game and she didn’t give up any walks … Their girls could hit the snot out of the ball. We could definitely see why they were undefeated.”

Fourth-seeded Decatur and Chesapeake, the No. 1 seed, both received first-round byes.

With the loss, the Lady Seahawks’ season came to an end. The squad finished with a 9-10 record this year, just as it did in 2017.

“Overall, I think we played much better ball this season,” Harte said. “Not having some of our injured girls [at the end of the 2018 season] weakened our game play, but I am super proud of the rest of the team for stepping up and trying to fill those empty positions.”

Harte said that while she has coached five seasons at Decatur – all with some amazing girls – this was by far the best group she has worked with.

“We had several low and disappointing points throughout the season, but overall this was a rewarding and enjoyable season,” she said. “These girls are truly amazing.”

The team will only graduate two – captain Emma Hamilton-Blackford and Caroline Kurtz – so a core group will return next season along with some new players added to the mix.

“I’m super pumped,” Harte said. “We are having some new incoming talent next year, so I can’t wait to see how far we will go.”


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