Decatur softball continues renaissance year with shutout over Pocomoke

BERLIN, Md.- Under new head coach Scott Kurtz, the Stephen Decatur softball team is turning the ship around.

Finishing 2018 under .500 at 9-10, Decatur is off to a hot start in 2019, going into spring break with an 8-3 record. With a 24-0 victory over Pocomoke on Thursday, the Seahawks are more than on the way to exceed their win total from just a season ago.

“It was just a matter of getting them to believe in themselves, to play as one,” Kurtz said. “We knew we could hit, we knew we could run, but fielding was key. We worked on it intensely in preseason and training camp to get it cleaned up.”

Returning a majority of their main group from last season, Decatur puts out a lineup with a mix of underclassmen and upperclassmen.

Leading the charge has been senior Lexi Black, who detailed the teams early success. “We have really good bats. We rely a lot on our hitting and scoring a lot of runs,” she said. “When our defense is on and tight, there’s not much that gets by us.”

Despite the hot start, Kurtz still says the team has a long way to go.

“We know about the Mardelas and the teams in the [Bayside] North that we’ve seen, it’s good for us to see them,” he said. “Playing a team like Queen Anne’s [on Wednesday], it really taught us a lot about where we want to be… We know that the road ahead is all that matters.”

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