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 RBI, and Mollie Charest 2-for-3. Meanwhile, Charest was a dominating force on the mound, recording nine strikeouts with just three walks and three hits in the outing.
“Everybody had a pretty solid game,” said Monomoy head coach Stacy Yarnall. “Mollie's always good on the mound. Overall I think everybody did their fair share of putting a bunt down when they wanted it or getting a nice hit. Barnstable has great defense in that third baseman-shortstop-center fielder combo.”
Monomoy got started early, quickly retiring the first three Barnstable batters before taking the plate, with leadoff batter Sam Barr hitting her way to first, eventually racing home on a nice shot from Slade to put Monomoy ahead from the start.
Barnstable's Ellie Swindler made it to first, but proved the last batter to find a base in the second inning as Monomoy's defense quickly made the outs, putting themselves back at the plate for more scoring opportunities.
Julie Slade made it to third on a Barnstable error and a solid hit from Thacher before coming home on one of Charest's connections. Thacher was next to cross the plate courtesy of Mackenzie Cardillo, with Cardillo and Maddie Crossen also reaching home.
The Shark domination continued with more runs scored by Charest, Cardillo, and Michaela Crossen, with Charest maintaining her strength on the mound.
Two days later the Sharks hosted Cape Cod Tech, with Charest fanning 14 while going 4-for-5 at the plate in a 26-0 outing that clinched the Cape and Islands League Crown for the blue and white.
Rachel Cardillo had a 2-for-2 outing, while Mackenzie Cardillo went 2-for-4 and Courtney Kelley 2-for-3. The victory put Monomoy at 18-2 overall and 12-0 in the league. At press time May 29 the team was slated to host D-Y in their final regular season game, with tournament seeds expected June 5. The cutoff date was extended due to storm cancellations and delayed seasons, so first round games aren't expected to begin until on or after June 7.
Yarnall was pleased with her team's performance against Barnstable.
“It was good,” she said. “They adjusted their swings and were aggressive in the box, put the bunts down when needed, so overall it was a good game.”