(May 9, 2014) After the Stephen Decatur softball team topped the Crisfield Crabbers by 10 runs, winning 14-4 last week in Berlin, the Lady Seahawks came out ahead by an even larger margin Monday on the road, earning a 19-3 victory.
Decatur scored four runs in the first inning during this week’s game against Crisfield. The Seahawks tacked on two additional runs in the second inning to take a 6-0 lead. The Crabbers tallied two runs in the bottom of the second.
The visiting Berlin squad added one run in the third and eight in the fourth to gain a 15-2 advantage.
Crisfield scored its third and final run in the fourth inning.
The Seahawks wrapped up the game in the fifth, with four batters crossing home plate.
Senior captain Beth Laque was solid on the mound for Decatur. She struck out 12 Crabbers, walked three and allowed only one hit. Offensively, she had two singles.
Junior Marina Jones went 2-for-3 with one walk. Freshman Samantha Kefauver had one hit and was walked three times.
Thirteen Decatur batters got on base by walk. The Seahawks logged 13 hits.
Decatur finished the regular season with a 9-8 record, which Coach Heather Patnode was pleased with.
“[It] beats the .500 I had as a goal this year. I’m very proud of my girls and the fight they have in them,” she said.
The Seahawks received the No. 3 seed in Section I of the 3A South Region tournament bracket. Decatur was awarded a first-round bye and will play the No. 2 Northern Patriots (Calvert County) on the road in the second round, Monday at 4:30 p.m.
“I think if we work really hard over the next two days and prepare to play teams like Mardela we should be competitive in playoffs,” Patnode said Tuesday. “The girls want to win and play well for themselves, their school and their coaches. We need to get the mindset that it’s one and done now and work extra hard to prepare for that.”