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 a nice hit that brought in Audrey Smith for the game winner at Potters Field , avenging an earlier loss to the Dolphins.
Though the rain held off, temps were anything but softball friendly when the D-Y team ventured to Harwich to face the Sharks in their second game of the 2019 season. In the beginning, it looked as if the visiting Dolphins were on their way to another win when an inside the park home run hit by Julia Kent brought in two runs and gave D-Y a 3-0 edge in the third inning.
But a huge fourth provided all the momentum Monomoy would need, with the Sharks scoring four runs thanks to the work of Slade, Sam Barr, and Maddie Crossen, putting Monomoy up 4-3 heading into the bottom of the inning.
The Dolphins eked out another two runs in the bottom of the fourth, putting them back in the lead with a one-run edge before the Sharks tied the game at 5-all in the fifth.
Both teams went scoreless in the sixth and seventh, setting up the extra inning. Pitcher Mollie Charest was solid at the top of the eighth, working with her teammates to keep the D-Y squad off the scoreboard, with a stellar catch by Mackenzie Cardillo capping off the half inning.
Then came the bottom of the eighth. With one out and one runner on base, Slade stepped to the plate, letting one pitch pass her by before taking aim at another, which she sent over the heads of the Dolphin infield and into an empty spot that gave Audrey Smith the chance to race home for the winning run.
Head coach Stacy Yarnall was thrilled with her team's victory and their enthusiasm throughout the game, which saw continuous cheering from the Shark dugout.
“It was a great game overall,” Yarnall said. “My girls stayed in the game the entire time and kept the energy up even while being down 3-0 in the third inning. I'm very proud of the way my entire team played today.”
Catcher Caroline DiGiovanni went 2-for-3 with one RBI in the outing, while Charest had a strong performance on the mound and at the plate, going 2-for-4 at bat with 10 strikeouts on the mound. Barr also went 2-for-4.
The win balanced out a lopsided victory against Sturgis East last week in which Monomoy opened with an eight-run first inning kicked off by a triple from DiGiovanni. Yarnall quickly subbed in her bench, with both teams cheering the Storm's three runs in the shortened game.
Next up for Monomoy is a home game against Nantucket today (May 16) beginning at 4 p.m. (weather permitting). Then the Sharks take to the road to face Cape Tech (May 21) and Martha's Vineyard (May 24) before returning home to host Sandwich on May 28 at 4 p.m. No doubt the Sharks will be looking to avenge their May 8 loss to the Blue Knights as tournament time approaches.