Topics: Softball

SOUTH DENNIS – If you close your eyes for a few moments, the sounds surrounding the fields at Johnny Kelley Park will take you back to your youth. “Nice pitch Jimmy!” shouts one ballplayer. “Atta boy, Billy! Nice play!” hollers another. Open your eyes and you’ll see a familiar game – baseball – being played by group of men in their 70s and 80s. On the surface, the game looks the same, albeit a little slower...

ABINGTON – Even in defeat, the fifth-seeded Monomoy Regional High School softball team left Abington with heads held high after suffering a 7-2 loss to fourth-seeded Abington on June 23 in the Division 3 South sectional quarterfinals. There were plenty of reasons for the Sharks to be proud of their season, most notably the way they dominated the Cape and Islands League with such a young roster. Although the te...

HARWICH – Even though she’s only in eighth grade, Alana Lojko knew there was a good chance she would have the opportunity to pitch for Monomoy Regional High School’s varsity softball team this spring. She just had no idea she would pitch in every game. “I thought I would get breaks some games,” said Lojko. “I didn’t necessarily expect to pitch every single inning.” The right-handed pitcher from Dennis Po...

NORTH EASTHAM – After his team missed out on the entire 2020 season due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Nauset softball coach Harold Pini wasn’t sure what to expect from the Warriors when they finally returned to the diamond. Despite fielding a new lineup full of young players inexperienced at the varsity level, Nauset delivered in every aspect of the game during Friday’s season opener against visiting Dennis-Yarmou...

The late Tom Petty said it best when he sang “The waiting is the hardest part.” For high school spring sports players and coaches throughout Massachusetts, that lyric rings especially true after the 2020 spring sports season was canceled due to COVID-19. “I think I speak for all of the coaches — not only at Monomoy but everywhere — when I say that we’re thankful to have a season, especially after last year,...

Shortly after Governor Charlie Baker announced on April 21 that schools across the state would remain closed through the end of the academic year, Monomoy baseball catcher Sean Gould drove to Whitehouse Field, crouched down behind home plate, and held his arm out as if prepping for one more catch. It’s a catch that won’t be coming. On April 24, the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) vote...

Student athletes across the state gave a cautiously optimistic cheer on Monday afternoon when it was announced that the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association approved a shortened spring season for all sports. The MIAA Board of Directors held a two-hour phone conference, voting 12-0, with one abstention, to hold a shortened spring season to begin upon the planned reopening of schools on May 4, at w...

CHATHAM – This spring when Mollie Charest took to the pitcher's circle for the Monomoy softball team, she had a secret. She played most of her 2019 season with a sprained ankle and wrist, soldiering on when the Sharks made the playoffs. Recently she had another secret, one she's beyond excited to let out: Charest has committed to play Div. 1 softball for Manhattan College in New York. “I've been trying to g...

TAUNTON/KINGSTON – It wasn't the way the Monomoy girls varsity softball team wanted their season to end, but when the dust settled on the field at Taunton High School on June 15, Case had earned a 7-1 victory in spite of the Sharks' tireless efforts in the Div. 3 South Finals. Struggling with an ankle injury, Monomoy pitcher Mollie Charest continuously shook off the pain in favor of fighting for strikeouts, bu...

HARWICH – It's been a winning run so far for the Monomoy girls softball team, though not without a little worry thrown in for good measure. The Sharks defeated Wareham 3-2 in the first round and Bellingham 2-0 in the quarterfinals. The Wareham Vikings gave the Sharks pause on June 6 when they struck first in the first round game of the MIAA Div. 3 South Sectional playoffs, but Monomoy remained determined and c...

HARWICH – If there's a theme among Monomoy sports this season it has to involve paying attention to the younger generation of players. So it was with the girls varsity softball team, which celebrated a 6-5 walk off win against D-Y on Monday thanks to a well-placed extra innings hit from an underclassman. Eighth grader Erica Slade clinched the win for the home team Sharks in the bottom of the eighth inning with...

HARWICH – If the opening games of the Monomoy girls varsity softball team are any indication, it's going to be a tough season—for their opponents. After trouncing Sturgis West in the Sharks home opener 33-0, Monomoy went on to defeat Rising Tide 17-0 in their second home game of the season. Starting pitcher Mollie Charest had eight strikeouts in three innings against Rising Tide, opening the game by retiring t...

HARWICH – For the past few seasons, Monomoy's Sam Barr has made a name for herself on the Shark girls varsity softball team. Come fall, Barr will be swimming with a new shiver of sharks after signing her official letter of intent on March 7 to play softball for Simmons University in Boston. Barr's softball career actually began when she was just out of toddlerhood, swinging a bat in tee ball. By the time Barr ...

HARWICH – After a tense 10-inning standoff in the first round of MIAA tournament action that ended in victory for the Monomoy girls softball team, the Sharks suffered a heartbreaking loss in the quarterfinals, bringing their stellar 2018 season to an end. Senior Emma Thacher was the hero of the team's June 7 game against Bellingham, a pitcher's duel that went into extra innings before Thacher stepped to the pl...

HARWICH – Solid pitching and timely hitting led the Monomoy girls varsity softball team to a big shutout victory against Barnstable on May 23, with the Sharks routing the Raiders 11-0 in seven innings. Caroline DiGiovanni had a big day for the Sharks, going 3-for-3 at the plate with an RBI and a triple, while teammates Emma Thacher went 2-for-3, Julie Slade 1-for-2 with three RBIs, Sam Barr 1-for-3 with one RB...

Triumphant Teams Putting Monomoy On The Map

By: Kat Szmit

HARWICH – Tournament season is fast approaching and this year Monomoy fans will have more than a few teams to cheer for, a testament not only to the strength of school programs but also its Shark athletes. Softball leads the way for the Sharks with an overall record of 18-2 and a Cape and Islands League Championship record of 12-0, making it likely the Sharks will earn a top seed come June 5. This season saw t...