TAUNTON ─ The Monomoy girls softball team found themselves stymied by West Bridgewater in the Div. 3 semifinals June 7, the 6-2 loss bringing an end to their 2017 season, but not before the Sharks made history.
This team was Monomoy's first softball team to reach the South Semifinals and they were also crowned the Cape and Islands League Champs this season, which ended with an overall record of 19-3.
To get to the semis the Sharks did battle against Upper Cape and Bristol-Plymouth, defeating the Rams 10-0 before handing a 5-1 loss to the Lady Craftsmen, setting up the match against the Wildcats, one Monomoy head coach Stacy Yarnell knew would be tough.
The Sharks had a challenging time getting past West Bridgewater pitcher Allison May, who struck out nine Monomoy batters while only allowing six hits total and just one earned run, which came late in the outing when Karley Marchese was brought in by a single to left hit by Monomoy pitcher Mollie Charest.
The Sharks added one more unearned run moments later when Sam Barr raced home on an error, but the rally fell short.
In the end, Charest had five strikeouts and went 1-for-3 at bat, while Marchese also went 1-for-3 with a run scored. Barr went 2-for-3 with a run, and Mackenzie Cardillo and Emma Thacher each went 1-for-3.
A highlight of the game was a terrific catch by Hannah Potter in center field that she launched all the way back to home plate.
“Overall, my outfield did a great job of making some fantastic catches,” said Yarnall, who acknowledged that her team struggled. “I think that it wasn't our best game played. We couldn't get our bats going and West Bridgewater was always battling at the plate. They are a good team (West Bridgewater) and I think that we could have made it more competitive if we fixed a few things.”
In spite of the loss, Yarnall was thrilled to see her team make history.
“It feels great!” she said. “I thoroughly enjoyed this season, not only because we made it to the semifinals, but because of the team chemistry that was created. Every goal that we set as a team was accomplished this year.
That included winning the title of their new league.
“We wanted to win our league, and we went 12-0,” said Yarnall. “We wanted to make it to tournament and we went 18-2. We wanted to make it past the first round and we made it all the way to the semifinals. I couldn't be more proud of all of their hard work and dedication!”
The team graduated four seniors recently, Marchese, Potter, Eliza Hawthorne, and Carlee Tolley, whom Yarnall said will be greatly missed.
“My seniors made this year unforgettable,” Yarnall said. “They are such positive role models and did a great job of helping out all of the younger players. All four of them meshed well together and helped make this season run smoothly. I will miss them dearly.”
With a strong roster of returning players, Yarnall said she's already looking forward to the future of Monomoy softball.
“I look forward to next year, with all of the young talent that I have left,” she said. “I am definitely going to pick up some more JV games so the younger players can get more game experience. We have four big shoes to fill next year, and I look forward to seeing which girls are going to step up to the challenge.”
That said, this year's squad is still being celebrated.
“This team was always making me laugh in some way,” said Yarnall. “They knew when to play hard and take things seriously but also knew how to have a good time and relax. I will always have great memories of this team. Overall, I am very happy with my team. They battled the whole [way] and no one ever got down on themselves. It was a great season!”