(April 26, 2019) The Stephen Decatur softball team crushed the Crisfield Crabbers, 26-3, on Tuesday, but won by a smaller margin, 3-0, over the Washington Jaguars the next day.
The Lady Seahawks scored four runs in the first inning and added 14 in the second during Tuesday’s match against the Crabbers in Crisfield.
Decatur tallied six in the third and one run in the fourth and fifth innings. The game ended in the fifth because of the 10-run slaughter rule.
Crisfield scored one run in the second, fourth and fifth innings.
“Pitching was strong for us. Crisfield actually pitched well in the first three innings – their starting pitcher is solid – we just really hit well,” Decatur Coach Scott Kurtz said. “All 14 girls played and most got to hit multiple times.”
Sophomore Brooklyn Pugner hit her third home run of the season. She had three RBIs and scored three times.
Sophomore Katie Wrench had three hits. Senior captain Alex Richwalski had one hit and three RBIs.
Senior captain Lexi Black and junior Amber Whittaker chipped in with two hits and three RBIs apiece.
Black struck out four and tallied one hit in two innings. Freshman Skylar Griffin struck out two, walked three and allowed two hits in three innings.
“We took a few days off, but practiced [Monday] and it paid off. We were ready,” Kurtz said. “The next six games will all be against quality competition. Our season has been good, but these next six games will determine everything.”
Decatur next battled Washington on Wednesday in Berlin. The Seahawks scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning and held on for the victory.
“We’ve been hitting so well over the last few games, but we just couldn’t figure out what was going on with [the Washington pitcher’s] pitches,” Kurtz said. “It just took us a few innings to get things going, which is not normal for us. It was frustrating for the girls and it was just odd for us as a coaching staff, because low-scoring affairs are not our normal thing.”
Black, Pugner (one RBI), Wrench (two RBIs), Griffin, junior Sierra Eisemann and freshman Alexa Eisemann had one hit apiece.
“We had a couple girls come up big at the plate when we needed it most,” Kurtz said. “Sierra Eisemann capitalized on both her at-bats and she got us on base. She scored the first run. Brooklyn Pugner had a nice shot to the fence to score, and Katie Wrench had an in-the-park home run.”
Black struck out eight, walked one and allowed four hits in seven innings.
“We really relied on Lexi Black’s pitching. She pitched a great game,” Kurtz said. “[The] defense played really tight in the infield. A couple balls got into the outfield, but we were quick to get them in. We turned our first double play of the season and that was clutch when we needed it big time.”
Decatur will host the Kent Island Buccaneers on Monday and the James M. Bennett Clippers on Tuesday in Berlin. Both games will start at 4 p.m.
The Seahawks will travel to Mardela Springs on Wednesday to play the Mardela Warriors at 4 p.m.