Ocean City Today

SD softball team young with great potential, coach says

By Managing Editor, Lisa Capitelli | Apr 20, 2017
Photo by: Lisa Capitelli Stephen Decatur senior captain Sam Kefauver makes contact during Wednesday’s game against Pocomoke in Berlin. Decatur won 4-1.

(April 21, 2017) The Stephen Decatur softball team outscored the Pocomoke Warriors – one of its Worcester County rivals – 4-1 on Wednesday in Berlin.

“Overall, we played well,” said Decatur Coach Heather Patnode. “[Sophomore pitcher] Lexi [Black] had 11 outs of 21 outs and [freshman] Amber [Whittaker] had five solid catches in center field covering a ton of ground.

“We left too many girls on base, 14 to be exact, but we played good defense and made contact with the ball,” Patnode continued. “We really enjoy playing competitive games such as tonight’s.”

The visiting Warriors scored its lone run in the first inning. The Lady Seahawks answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning. They went up 4-1 in the third.

Freshman Sierra Eisemann went 4-for-4 (two singles, double, triple). She scored two runs and stole three bases.

Whittaker went 2-for-4 (two singles), with two runs scored and two stolen bases.

Black was 2-for-3 (two singles and a walk). On the mound, she struck out 11, walked two and allowed three hits in seven innings.

“We are still a young team with great potential. We are striving to be a better team each day and improving our skills and knowledge of the game,” Patnode said. “When all 12 girls are on their ‘A’ game we can be a great deal of trouble for other teams, it’s just been hard to get everyone on the same page. We’re still learning and improving each day in hopes to be prepared for playoffs.”

Decatur will travel to Crisfield on Monday to play the Crabbers at 4 p.m. The Seahawks will host the Washington Jaguars on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

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