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First-year head coach Ashley Mueller's Decatur High softball team has won seven straight and 11 of its last 13.
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First-year head coach Ashley Mueller’s Decatur High softball team has won seven straight and 11 of its last 13.

Decatur softball wins 7th straight

By Mark Edwards · 340-2461

Before playing a game, Decatur High's softball team practiced. And practiced. And practiced some more.

"We had really long practices," sophomore Whitney Fletcher said. "Four-hour-long practices."

Teammate Mollie Russell added with a smile, "Rain or shine."

All that work apparently has paid off for Decatur. After Monday night's 5-2 home win over Lawrence County, the Lady Red Raiders are 13-6 and have won seven straight and 11 of their last 13.

That's a big improvement over the 15-30 record of a year ago.

The winning has made playing softball a lot more fun, too.

"There's a big difference in the attitude this year," Fletcher said.

Added Russell: "All we want to do is play."

The Decatur offense appears improved from a year ago, especially early in games.

In the seven-game win streak, Decatur has scored 40 runs, and 17 have come in the first inning. The Lady Red Raiders have posted at least one run in the opening inning in each win.

In the win over Lawrence County, Abi Lott did the early damage by driving home two first-inning runs with a double.

Fletcher added a single and a fourth-inning solo home run. Lindsey Hawkins and Amanda Tidwell each had a single and an RBI. Jelisa Thompson added a single.

Russell pitched the first two innings against the Red Devils, and Meg Whitten worked the final five.

"The girls have been very focused," Decatur coach Ashley Mueller said. "They've come out to play and have worked very hard."

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