Dominant Pitching, Explosive Offense Guides Monomoy Baseball

By: Brad Joyal

Topics: School Sports , Baseball

Lucas Tambolleo, right, celebrates with Casey Hughes (22) at the edge of the dugout after scoring a run against Sturgis East. BRAD JOYAL PHOTO

HARWICH – Not all victories are measured the same. Over the course of a season, some wins will include a big margin of victory, while other games might require hard-fought finishes to eke out a nailbiter.

Rarely does a team receive an all-around complete effort, but that’s what the Monomoy baseball team got Friday afternoon when the Sharks steamrolled Sturgis East for a 10-0 mercy-rule victory in five innings at Lowell Park in Cotuit.

Monomoy coach Steve Porter said he was most pleased with the way everybody impacted the victory as well as the Sharks’ approach in the batter’s box.

“It’s something we’ve been working on in practice, making sure everyone contributes, is working hard, staying back on the ball,” Porter said after Monomoy improved to 5-2. “That’s something we did pretty well today – drive it to the opposite field. Everyone did their job. Even the outs were well-hit baseballs.”

Senior John-Michael Canto drove in three runs and Jack Reid added two RBIs of his own to anchor the offense. Sean Davock added two hits and leadoff batter Finn Hyora extended his on-base streak to seven straight plate appearances after finishing with two hits in addition to two stolen bases.

Hyora admitted the streak was weighing on his mind throughout the game but noted he feels the entire team is finding its timing at the plate.

“It’s certainly something you think about, but it just feels good to get in a groove,” said Hyora, a Chatham resident. “It was a little bit of a shaky start for all of us at the plate, but it seems like these last couple games we’ve really been clicking. It just feels nice to be barreling up some balls.”

As loud as Monomoy’s bats were, the team received an equally dominant performance from its starting pitcher, Declan Dyer, a junior right-handed hurler from Dennis.

Dyer flirted with a no hitter until the fourth inning when a single into center field gave the Storm their first hit of the afternoon. The Monomoy starter ended up earning a complete-game victory after striking out seven batters and surrendering just two hits.

“Declan pitched great,” Porter said. “He started off taking control and throwing strikes first pitch to every hitter, which allows him to then mix in his curveball. He just cruised through the game.”

Dyer said he was extra focused because he was coming off a bad performance against Dennis-Yarmouth.

“Last time out wasn’t smooth – it was wild – but today I felt like in my bullpen session I handled myself better before the game,” Dyer said. “Last game, I think I got a little cocky because I hadn’t allowed a run.”

The pitcher said he felt like he figured out a key to his pregame preparation before the win.

“If I’m locked-in before the game starts and listening to music on the bus ride, I feel like it really helps me lock in for the game,” Dyer said.

The pitcher is hardly the only Shark that is locked-in right now, however. Canto said there is a tangible energy flowing through the entire team.

“It’s amazing. The energy on this team is better than any other team I’ve ever been on,” said Canto, a Harwich resident. “We all want to come out here with high energy and we play for each other, so it works well. We do it together and feed off each other.”

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