HARWICH ─ It's been a tough go for the Monomoy boys baseball team as of late, with the Sharks falling in two of their last four games, but even as the post-season nears, head coach Steve Wilson is realistically optimistic.
Even fresh off his team's 17-7 loss to D-Y on May 23, Wilson remained objective, issuing a reminder that while wins are great, so too is building the skills of a team's respective players. That said, he shared his team's frustrations regarding their recent struggles, including their loss to the Dolphins on Senior Night.
“It was a disappointing game for Senior Night,” Wilson said. “We had the game start off rough and gave up three unearned runs in the first. But to give the kids credit, they scored four in the bottom of the inning to respond in kind.”
Unfortunately, the Sharks couldn't maintain the comeback as multiple Monomoy errors resulted in too many runs for D-Y.
“Too many errors resulted in the game becoming quickly out of reach,” said Wilson. “We had a nice crowd, but I'm sorry we couldn't have been more competitive.”
The Sharks fared better against Sturgis West, but needed some help from senior Drew Senatore to get them out of a jam. After Monomoy took a solid lead thanks to an RBI single from Brandon Hamilton and singles from Matt Veary, Connor Meehan and David Nichols that also brought in runs, West rallied back at the top of the seventh to eke out a 5-4 edge, before an RBI single from Christ Amezquita tied things up and sent the game into extra innings.
Senatore first shined when he stepped onto the pitcher's mound, and then put the game away for Monomoy with a single in the bottom of the eighth that brought in Nathan Amaker to give the Sharks a 6-5 win.
That victory took the sting out of a 5-1 loss to Mashpee the previous day, that saw the Falcons turn out two double plays. While Monomoy had 11 hits, they also left as many men stranded on base.
The Sharks opened the game with a first-inning RBI single hit by Hamilton that brought around Senatore, who reached second on a double. Though Monomoy continued to have hits, Mashpee's strong fielding prevented anyone from getting home.
Monomoy held on until the fourth when the Falcons tied the game on a bases-loaded walk, while Nick Carpenter pushed across another run with a sac fly, but it was Alex Morry who lifted Mashpee with a two-run double.
A shining moment was had when the Sharks traveled to Carver where Owen Cottle pitched a complete game en route to a 2-1 victory.
According to Wilson, who called Cottle's performance “magnificent,” Carver went up 1-0 in the third before a big comeback by Monomoy beginning with a leadoff single by Nathan Amaker, and then a sac fly by Senatore in sixth to tie the game. In the seventh, Eli Nickerson reached on an error, coming home on an RBI single from Senatore. Meanwhile, Cottle had a 1-2-3 final inning to clinch the win.
Wilson said as his team ends its regular season (at press time they were traveling to Cohasset, with another road game against Abington today) the key to his team's success will be for his players to remain flexible.
“Right now we have three games remaining,” he said. “My hope is that we can become healthier and play better team defense. I think at this point what the kids need to do is remain flexible and play as a team. It can mean people playing out of position with limited experience. Everyone has to be flexible and try to help the team in whatever way it means.”