HARWICH – It might have been unseasonably chilly for Monomoy softball's home opener against Rising Tide on April 5, but the Sharks were on fire, posting a 5-1 victory in non-league action.
Sophomore pitcher Mollie Charest, who along with catcher Emma Thacher was named a Div. 3 player to watch by the Boston Herald, quickly retired the first three batters in Rising Tide's lineup, paving the way for Monomoy's leadoff batter, Sam Barr to swing into a single, but it was Maddie Crossen with Monomoy's first run of the game, coming home on a hit from Charest.
The strong opening set the tone for the game's remainder, in which Charest not only recorded 12 strikeouts but also went 2-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs. Barr went 3-for-4 overall.
The Sharks scored three runs in the third to take a commanding lead, with Thacher giving everyone something to cheer about with an inside the park homer in the sixth. She also included the stellar catch of a wayward bunt among her successes in the outing.
“Emma did a great job behind the plate like always,” said Monomoy head coach Stacy Yarnall of her senior captain. “Then she hit that home run. She was due for that.”
Yarnall said she was pleased with the team's first official game.
“I think it was a good start to the season,” she said. “There's obviously a few things we need to work on with bunts. We missed a few of those, and I think it comes with getting together. I have a lot of eighth graders this year, so it's just about building their confidence and getting them used to playing.”
Yarnall was also happy with Charest's inaugural performance.
“Mollie always does an awesome job on the mound,” she said. “[She and Thacher] make such a great pair. It's going to be a great season with those two.”
Overall, Yarnall thought the team's first game was successful.
“But for the first game I was impressed with what we did. We never gave up and were pretty loud. I'm excited for the season.”
Monomoy first got back to swinging the bats with a preseason scrimmage against Nauset that was a win. The team was scheduled to open the season April 3 against Sturgis West but Mother Nature had other plans. Next up for the Sharks is a trip to Hyannis to face the St. John Paul Lions today (April 12) at 4 p.m. The team's next home game is set for April 16 against D-Y with an 11 a.m. start.