Six Boston schools’ teams will play in the Division 3 North softball bracket, including the city champion Latin Academy squad.
Latin Academy (11-9) plays an extra tough non-league schedule as therefore is only seeded No. 19 in the tournament.
And the Dragon’s coach Rocco Zizza said they have an even tougher draw in the tournament as they are lined up to meet No. 6-seed St. Mary’s (14-6) in the quarterfinals, where Latin Academy has lost to St. Mary’s two of the last three seasons.
Zizza said the first thing he checks when the state playoff pairings are released is where they are in relation to St. Mary’s.
“We can play with anyone in our division but one team that is head and tails above anyone is St. Mary’s,” Zizza said. “They are basically a Division 1 softball team playing in the Division 3 tournament. They usually play for the state championship every year. I think it’s a matter of time before they are moved up a division. It’s really adults among children in Division 3.”
Before the can play St. Mary’s, however, Latin Academy will have to get through No. 14 Trinity Catholic at 3:15 on Thursday. If they win that preliminary game they will travel to play No. 3-seed Marian on Saturday at 4 p.m.
“The first two games we can play with anyone in our Division,” Zizza said.
No. 12-seed South Boston (11-6), also known as Excel High, will host No. 21-seed Brighton (8-8) on Thursday at 3:15 p.m. while No. 13-seed Dorchester, also known as Tech Boston, will host No. 20 NE Metro Tech at 3:15 on Thursday.
No. 17 East Boston (12-8) will travel to No. 16 Matigon at 3:15 on Thursday while No. 18 O’Bryant (10-7) will play at No. 15 North Shore Tech at 3:15 on Thursday.
In the Division 1 North bracket, No. 6-seed Boston Latin (15-5) will play the winner of No. 11 Chelmsford and No. 22 Medford at 4 p.m. on June 2.
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