Baseball and Softball Season Preview

Ben Thomas

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Monomoy Regional High School’s baseball and softball teams both officially started their 2017 season on Thursday, March 30th. Both teams faced Rising Tide but suffered very different results. The boys lost while only recording a total of five hits and the girls completely routed their opponent, securing their first victory of the year. Despite the very different starts to the season, these teams could potentially have very similar success throughout the rest of the spring.

As far as the softball team is concerned, they look to take advantage of a new league and an experienced roster. They are lead by seniors Eliza Hawthorne, Hannah Potter, and Karley Marchese. Not only do they have a solid pitching staff, they have the bats to back it up. As exemplified against Rising Tide, they have an explosive offense that is very capable of running up the score. Yet, the largest factor in this team’s success this season could be their competition. Just like the rest of Monomoy athletics, the softball team is playing in the Cape and Islands League for the first time starting this year. More specifically, this means they will be facing competition such as Nantucket Sturgis East/West, Saint John Paul, Cape Cod Tech, and of course Rising Tide. Where their schedule gets more difficult is the out-of-league competition. This includes Sandwich, Dennis-Yarmouth, Martha’s Vineyard, and Barnstable. When looking at this schedule, it is reasonable to expect that they will finish first among league competition and split most of the out of league games, finishing with an overall record of about 12-8 and an in-league record of about 10-2. This would be a very successful season for the girls if it does, in fact, come to fruition. The boys baseball team is set up for a very similar course.

Even though they lost their first game of the year, the Sharks baseball team remains optimistic as they are lead by Senior Owen Cottle who will, without a doubt, bounce back from an underwhelming opening day performance. He is still the team’s best arm and can back it up with his play at the plate. The infield is covered with Junior talent including Griffen Handler, Matt Veary, Kiernan Murphy, Elijah Nickerson, and Captain Nathan Amaker.  Their schedule looks very similar to the softball team’s schedule except with the added competition of Cape Cod Academy and Sacred Heart. Their record by the end of the year should look like 11-9, considering the fact that they are already 0-1 with a league record of 9-3.

Both teams have their second games of the season on Monday, April 3rd. The boys will play a tough Sandwich team at home at 4, and the girls play away against Sandwich for the first time this season at 4. There is no denying that both teams are set up for success and are bound for a tournament run. If we are lucky enough, we might get to see these teams reflect the same kind of success shown by the boys basketball team over the winter.

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Baseball and Softball Season Preview