(April 5, 2019) The Stephen Decatur softball team bounced back after a loss to Colonel Richardson on Monday with wins over North Caroline and Parkside the next two days.
“We didn’t have school on Monday and we just didn’t seem to be clicking,” Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz said following his team’s 12-1 loss to Colonel Richardson on Monday in Berlin.
“We talked about routine and getting back into a groove,” going into Tuesday’s competition against the North Caroline Bulldogs in Ridgely, Maryland, he said.
“We got off the bus and took care of business,” Kurtz said.
Decatur scored four runs in the first, one in the second and one in the third. North Caroline tallied its first run in the bottom of the third.
The Lady Seahawks made it 7-1 in the fourth. The Bulldogs scored one in the fifth, which the Berlin squad answered in the top of the sixth to pull ahead, 8-2.
North Caroline scored its final run in the bottom of the sixth.
Freshman Skylar Griffin (three RBIs), senior captain Alex Richwalski (one RBI) and junior Sierra Eisemann had two hits apiece. Sophomore Brooklyn Pugner hit a home run.
Griffin threw four and one-third innings. She struck out four, walked two and allowed four hits. Senior captain Lexi Black struck out two and gave up two hits in two and two-thirds innings.
“We jumped on it early in the first inning and never gave up,” Kurtz said. “We were seeing [pitches] better, we had lots of hard hits and we were finding open space. We were being selective and swinging at the right pitches. We were just stringing [hits] together.”
The defense was also improved from the prior day.
“We were disciplined in the field,” Kurtz said.
The next day, Decatur hosted the Parkside Rams and won, 10-4.
The Seahawks led 5-1 at the end of the first inning on Wednesday.
“Jumping out early was big for us,” Kurtz said. “It gave us momentum. We got hot fast and we stayed hot and continued to extend our lead.”
The Seahawks tacked on three runs in the third and two in the fifth.
Parkside added one run in the fourth, sixth and seventh innings.
Freshman Alexa Eisemann had three hits, two RBIs and three runs scored. Junior Amber Whittaker tallied two hits and Black had two hits, one of which was a home run.
Black pitched all seven innings. She struck out seven, walked three and allowed six hits.
“I was happy with the way we played,” Kurtz said. “We threw the best defensive and offensive team we could at them.”
Decatur will play in its fourth game of the week today, Friday, against the Kent Island Buccaneers at 4 p.m. in Berlin. On Monday, the Seahawks will host the Wicomico Indians at 4 p.m. in Berlin.