(April 5, 2013) As of April 2, the Stephen Decatur softball team had suited up for three games so far this season, yet only played a total of 15 innings. How?
The impressive 2013 squad has significantly outscored its rivals in each of the match-ups that the 10-run Mercy Rule was enforced each time.
The Berlin squad collectively outscored its first three opponents 55-6. The Lady Seahawks won the March 22 season opener 19-4 over the Pocomoke Warriors and on March 27, they topped the Crisfield Crabbers 14-2.
Earlier this week, the squad shut out the Washington Jaguars 22-0 in Berlin.
The Seahawks were dominate on Tuesday, even after Coach Don Howard juggled his line-up in the field and at the plate.
Decatur tallied eight runs in the first inning and tacked on four more in the second. The home team generated seven runs in the third and three in the fourth.
Decatur scored 22 runs on 12 base hits, and were walked 11 times.
Senior Jessica Bunting went 3-for-5 with two runs scored. Jessica Iacona, a senior, hit a single, double and triple and drove in four runs.
Freshman Lauren Laque went 2-for-4, with an RBI and four runs scored.
Junior Beth Laque started on the mound for Decatur. In three innings, she struck out six Jaguars and walked one.
Iacona took over in the fourth. She allowed three hits and struck out six in two innings.
“The kids are doing what we’re asking them to do. We haven’t seen much competition so we’re trying to sharpen our skills and work on our plays because in lower-scoring, tighter ball games we’ve got to execute that stuff,” Howard said. “We’ve got a core group of girls who are really good and the younger kids are coming along quickly, so we should be fine.”
Decatur is scheduled for a trip to Delaware today, Friday, to play the Indian River Indians.