(March 29, 2019) The Stephen Decatur softball team kicked off the 2019 season with an impressive 25-3 victory over the Wicomico Lady Indians on Monday in Salisbury.
The Lady Seahawks went through the lineup nearly two and a half times in the first inning. Decatur had 21 at-bats in the first inning and put 16 runs on the board. The Berlin squad recorded 10 hits and was walked seven times in that inning.
“It’s not how I expected to start the season, with a 16-0 lead. It was nice, but unexpected,” Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz said.
Both teams scored three runs in the third inning. Decatur tacked on five additional runs in the fourth and one in the fifth. The game ended in the fifth inning because of the 10-run slaughter rule.
“They chose their pitches well, we were making good contact and we were hitting the ball hard,” Kurtz said. “We were aggressive when we were hitting. They were disciplined at the plate.”
Senior captain Lexi Black went 2-for-3. She hit a three-run home run in the first inning and also had a base hit in the game. On the mound, Black struck out two, walked one and allowed five hits in three innings.
Freshman Abby Wesche faced three batters in the fourth inning. The Decatur defense got them out one, two, three.
Freshman Skylar Griffin struck out one in the fifth inning.
Junior Amber Whittaker went 2-for-2, scored four runs and had one RBI. She also stole five bases.
Freshman Alexa Eisemann was 2-for-2 with two RBIs and three runs scored. Sophomore Katie Wrench also had two hits. She tallied four RBIs and stole three bases.
“It was a great way to start the season. I was definitely happy with the results,” Kurtz said after his first game as head coach of the Seahawks. “Overall, it was a solid team win. We’re going to get back to work and see if we can keep the trend going. We have some little things to work on, to clean up, because we’ll be in some close games real soon.”
Decatur will take a trip to Eastville, Virginia, to play the Northampton Yellowjackets today, Friday, at 4:30 p.m.
The Seahawks will host the Colonel Richardson Colonels on Monday at 4 p.m. in Berlin. The next day, Decatur will travel to Ridgely, Maryland, to face the North Caroline Bulldogs at 4 p.m. Then, on Wednesday, the Parkside Rams will come to Berlin to take on Decatur at 3 p.m.