Decatur Softball Ousted From State Tourney

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity softball made a brief run in the state 3A-East region Section II tournament with a first-round win, but fell to the top seed in the region in its second-round game this week.

The Seahawks were up and down all year in a season that resulted in a 7-9 regular season record. Decatur started the season winning two of the first three and then lost three in a row. It was a pattern repeated often during the season.

Decatur then won three of its next four before dropping two straight. Things started coming together for the young Seahawks team around mid-season and they finished strong, winning two of their last three regular season games. Decatur was the fifth seed in the 3A-East Section II when the brackets were released last week and faced fourth-seeded Hammond in the opening round.

The Seahawks edged Hammond in the first round, 8-7, and advanced to the second round and a date with top-seeded Chesapeake-Anne Arundel on Tuesday. Alas, Chesapeake routed the Seahawks, 14-2, on Tuesday to close out the season for Decatur.

About The Author: Shawn Soper

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Shawn Soper has been with The Dispatch since 2000. He began as a staff writer covering various local government beats and general stories. His current positions include managing editor and sports editor. Growing up in Baltimore before moving to Ocean City full time three decades ago, Soper graduated from Loch Raven High School in 1981 and from Towson University in 1985 with degrees in mass communications with a journalism concentration and history.