(April 19, 2013) The Stephen Decatur and Mardela softball teams both had unblemished records as they headed into last Saturday’s game in Berlin. But after eight innings, it was the Warriors who suffered their first loss of the season.
“Our kids came out sharp, playing well against a good team,” Decatur Coach Don Howard said after the Seahawks’ 4-3 victory.
Decatur picked up a 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the Warriors answered in the fourth.
Decatur bounced back for a 2-1 advantage in the bottom of the sixth, and the visitors evened the score in the seventh. Tied 2-2, the game went into extra innings.
According to International Softball Federation rules, each team begins extra innings with a player on second base (the last player to be put out).
Mardela scored one run in the top of the eighth to take a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the inning, junior Taylor Black was on second base as senior Amanda Parsons stepped to the plate. She tripled to bring Black home. Junior Beth Laque got a base hit and Parsons scored to give Decatur a 4-3 victory.
“We came out ready to play. Our defense was as sharp as I’ve seen it,” Howard said. “We had some trouble on offense, but we were up against a good pitcher. A couple of times we were able to break through.”
Senior captain Jessica Iacona struck out three, allowed eight hits and walked three in eight innings. Black went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI.
“It was just two teams knocking hits. It came down to who would be the last one standing and it was us,” Howard said.
The Chincoteague Ponies traveled to Berlin on Monday to play the Seahawks. Decatur won 7-1.
The Ponies took a 1-0 led in the second. The Seahawks scored two in the bottom of the third and fourth innings to gain a 4-1 advantage. Decatur knocked in three runs in the sixth to pull ahead 7-1.
Black had two hits and three RBIs. Laque went 2-for-4 with an RBI. She started on the mound and in three and two-third innings she struck out three, allowed two hits and walked two.
Iacona relieved Laque in the fourth and finished the game. She allowed one hit, struck out six and walked one. At the plate, Iacona went 3-for-4 with an RBI and two runs scored.
“If you looked at the stats, it looked like we totally dominated, but that’s not what the game was about. We came out flat and we were not sharp on offense. Defense was OK,” Howard said. “We’ll pick it up. We got a win and we’ll keep rolling.”
Decatur is scheduled top face the Crabbers on Monday in Crisfield.