PREPPED FOR PLAYOFFS

PREPPED FOR PLAYOFFS

(May 10, 2013) The Stephen Decatur softball team played three games in four days to wrap up regular season competition, as the playoffs were set to get under way May 9.

The Lady Seahawks earned one win and lost two in their final three outings.

The Parkside Rams visited Berlin last Friday to face Decatur. Seahawks Coach Don Howard was pleased with his players’ performance in the 9-1 victory.

“We played pretty well,” he said.

Senior captain Jessica Iacona threw a complete game. She struck out seven and allowed five hits.

Junior Taylor Black went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Seniors Amanda Parsons and Keeley Marks each had two hits.

The following day, Decatur traveled to Salisbury to battle the James M. Bennett Clippers. The Seahawks scored two runs in the first inning, but they couldn’t hold on as the Clippers came back to win 3-2.

“Pitching was that good on both sides. We had four hits and Bennett had six,” Howard said. “We didn’t hit the ball very well. We only had four hits and three of them were in the first inning.”

Iacona allowed six hits and struck out five in seven innings.

After taking off Sunday, the Seahawks were back on the road Monday to battle the Indian River Indians in their final match of the season. Decatur lost 9-2.

“We just didn’t hit the ball very well again,” Ho-ward said. “They were a better team than what we faced all year, which is good to see going into the playoffs.”

Iacona started on the mound. In three and one-third innings she allowed six hits, eight runs, walked three and struck out four. Junior Beth Laque relieved Iacona and allowed one run, two hits and struck out four.

Decatur (14-4) received the No. 2 seed and a first-round bye in the 3A East Regional tournament bracket. The Seahawks will host the winner of Thursday’s game between the No. 7 Reservoir Gators and No. 10 Hammond Golden Bears on Monday at 4 p.m.

Howard said he was “shocked, but pleased” to have the No. 2 seed as several teams had nearly identical records.

“We’re looking forward to the playoffs. We’re in a good frame of mind even though we lost the last few games, and our focus is good,” he said. “I think we’re on the good side of the draw. We’ve seen most of the teams on our side of the bracket before.”

Stephen Decatur senior Jessica Bunting watches an incoming pitch during last Friday’s game against Parkside in Berlin. Decatur won 9-1.

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