Latin Academy put together solid offense and stellar pitching to defeat Brighton,14-0, on Wednesday afternoon at Playstead Park, employing the five-inning mercy rule.
The Dragons had a five-run fourth, and five-run fifth inning, to run away with the win. Freshman Alexis Kenney scored a run in the fourth and added a twoRBI single in the fifth.
Eighth grader Catherine Koppinger came of the bench and had a two-RBI single up the middle to put Latin Academy over the 12-run, mercy rule hump.
Defensively, the Dragons were led by their pitching, but also put a solid performance together on the field.
“A lot of times in the city you don’t see a lot of balls hit at you, but we have been working a lot on defense and getting better,” Latin Academy coach Rocco Zizza said.
Rachel Kerrigan was Latin Academy’s starting pitcher, going two perfect innings while striking out four. She was relieved in the third inning by Sydney McGrath, who also threw two perfect innings and struck out five.
Seventh grader Olivia McGrath, who was called up from the junior varsity squad for the game, pitched the fifth, giving up hits to the first two batters before striking out the side to end the game.
“For some of the city games we’ll bring Olivia up to pitch,” Zizza said. “The key to get better is competition. So you see some of the younger players, the JV players, just trying to get them some experience.”
Latin Academy is a young squad, with the only two seniors on the team both injured. The Dragons are undefeated in Boston City League action and are the five-time defending City League champions.
“We’re still a very very young team,” Zizza said. “We played 20 players today and none of them were seniors.”
They face a tough out-of-conference schedule next week, hosting Everett on Monday and traveling to Woburn on Saturday.
“We play a lot of out of conference games to get some more competition,” Zizza said.
The Dragons also play conference opponent West Roxbury, which currently leads the City League standings, on Friday.
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