Seahawks Fall to Chopticon in State Semis

BERLIN- Stephen Decatur’s varsity softball teams amazing run ended last week with a loss in the state 3A region semifinals.

The Seahawks were amazing all year, going 17-2 in the regular season including wins in their last 11 games. The Decatur girls opened their 3A-South regional tournament with a 10-0 win over Arundel in the semifinals, followed by a narrow 3-2 win over Crofton in the region championship.

It was the first state regional championship for the Seahawks since 1991. In the 3-2 win over Crofton in the region title game, host Decatur scored two runs in the second to take an early lead. Crofton tied the game at 2-2 with solo runs in the fourth and fifth innings.

Decatur took the lead again with a home run by Ryleigh Smith in the bottom of the sixth and the Seahawks closed out Crofton in the top of the seventh. Skylar Griffin pitched a complete game in the region championship game while striking out 14 in seven innings.

In the state 3A quarterfinals, the Seahawks easily got by Franklin with a 7-0 win. However, Decatur ran into a juggernaut in the state 3A semifinals, falling to Chopticon, 14-0. The loss did not tarnish a remarkable season for the Seahawks, who finished with an overall 20-3 record.

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.