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Decatur gets victories over Parkside and Bennett

(April 12, 2013) Despite a late run by the Parkside Rams, the Stephen Decatur softball team on Monday outscored its Wicomico County rival 12-5 on the road.

Decatur scored four in the first inning and tacked on two more in the second. After three innings, the Seahawks led 6-1.

The Rams cut the visitor’s lead to one in the fourth, but the Seahawks drove in six in the next inning to pull ahead 12-5.

“Only one of the runs was earned. We had four or five errors,” said Decatur Coach Don Howard. “They couldn’t hit Jessie [Iacona] so they started to bunt and we weren’t throwing the ball accurately.”

Iacona, a senior captain, allowed four hits, struck out nine and walked two. At bat, she was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored.

Junior Taylor Black went 2-for-3 with two runs scored and an RBI. Sophomore Marina Jones and senior Amanda Parsons each had two hits.

“I was pleased that when it was 6-5, we responded and scored six more immediately and took control of the game again,” Howard said.

On Tuesday, the Seahawks hosted the James M. Bennett Clippers.

Iacona tripled to lead off the bottom of the third. Senior Jessica Bunting’s pop fly dropped between two Clippers and Iacona scored to give Decatur a 1-0 lead. The Seahawks drove in three more runs that inning to gain a 4-0 advantage.

Senior Keeley Marks walked to start the sixth and sophomore Hannah Fleming came in to run for her. Liz Brittingham, a senior, tripled to right field, scoring Fleming. Jones had an identical triple to drive in Brittingham and put Decatur on top 6-0.

“They’ve worked hard to perfect their swings and they ripped the ball off a decent pitcher both to the same spot,” Howard said.

The Seahawks won the game 6-1. All nine batters in the line-up got one hit each. Iacona allowed five hits, struck out three and walked one in seven innings.

“We’re hitting the ball fairly well, we’re scoring and we’re not allowing much in the way of runs. That’s key,” Howard said.

The Mardela Warriors will travel to Berlin on Saturday for an 11 a.m. competition against the Seahawks.

Stephen Decatur senior Liz Brittingham swings away at a pitch during Tuesday’s game against James M. Bennett in Berlin. Decatur won 6-1.

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