The season came to an end for the Mashpee High School softball team Memorial Day weekend with a tough, 15-13, loss against a quality opponent in Sturgis West. The Navigators had just three defeats on their ledger for the regular season, but nearly got another one handed to them by the Falcons, who hit very well in the game. MHS out-hit their hosts at Lombard Field in West Barnstable by a margin of 12-8, but errors proved costly in the game as they were unable to put the Navigators away.
“It was an interesting game, an exciting game,” coach Brian Shacter said. “Some of the things that have held us back this year held us back again.”
The loss completed the season for the Mashpee team at 5-13.
There were still a number of positives to come out of both that game and the season in general. Sturgis West’s Haleigh Linchan had no-hit the Falcons in their first meeting this season. This time around the Mashpee bats knocked her around, collecting a dozen hits. Mashpee got on Linchan early, scoring three runs in the top of the first, but Sturgis rallied back for five in their half of the inning. From there, the game went back-and-forth, with both sides exchanging the lead throughout the contest.
Jess Schmelzer led the offense with another multiple hit game, going 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in and a walk. For the season, she led the Lady Falcons with a .427 batting average. Jo Jo Carpenter was close to the .400 mark for the season after finishing the year with a 3-for-5 game against Sturgis West. She had a double and an RBI against the Navigators. Cece Piermattei had a triple and an RBI in the season finale as well.
While Shacter would have loved for his team to have posted a winning record, and made the state tournament, the mission for the 2014 season was gaining experience. This year’s club roster had seven freshmen, two sophomores and two juniors. All 13 players should be back for the club next year.
“We have a group of dedicated softball players, and the potential is certainly there for marked improvement in the years to come,” Shacter said. “Hopefully everybody is coming back. We’ll have a year of more experience, and a lot of the girls are playing summer softball and it looks positive.”