MOUNT DESERT — Molly Carroll and Haley Littlefield started their softball careers playing against each other in middle school.
Then they became teammates on an Acadian Youth softball team and have never looked back. The senior duo that shined for the Mount Desert Island High School softball team this season will be taking their talents to Thomas College in the fall.
While softball was the main reason they chose Thomas, both cited other additional reasons for choosing the school. Carroll, the 2015 Hancock County Technical School student of the year, wanted to follow her passion for law enforcement and heard that the Waterville-based school has a top-notch program. Littlefield visited campus with her older brother, Ryan, and fell in love with it then.
However, both women said ultimately that they chose Thomas because of a passion for the game. Thomas is an NCAA Division III school that plays in the North Atlantic Conference alongside familiar foes Husson University and Maine Maritime Academy.
“When I decided to go to Thomas, I reached out to Coach [Terry Parlin], and he was really interested. So that definitely made up my mind,” Carroll said Monday evening. “When I found out Haley was going, too, it made me even more excited.”
Parlin, a University of Maine at Farmington grad, will be entering his seventh season as the head softball coach. Last season, he led the Terriers to a 15-16-1 record while going 7-6-1 in conference play and earning fourth seed in the NAC tournament.
Littlefield, a pitcher, said her main focus between now and the fall is working on a rise ball. “I still go to pitching every Sunday. I’m working on a rise ball now,” Littlefield said, “I throw a drop, fast ball, curve ball and a change up, but the rise ball is next.”
Carroll said she hopes to bring the leadership she and Littlefield, both captains this past season, showed at MDI High to Thomas. “I want to be a good leader even though I’m going to be young. We’re going to work hard and contribute however we can.”