With a team dominated by seniors, Sacred Heart softball coach Kevin Callahan didn’t expect the younger players to deliver their first win of the season against Pope John Paul II. It was two juniors that proved him wrong – pitcher Julia Pomella, with 11 strikeouts, and Gabby Fantasia, with a three-run homer in the fourth inning to lead the Saints to an 8-5 victory.
While Sacred Heart came out with the win, it didn’t look promising judging by the first three innings. The Tigers were up, 5-2, in the top of the fourth until Pomella got more comfortable on the mound and Fantasia took over at the plate.
“We were shaky in the first three innings,” Callahan said. “We were especially shaky on defense until Pomella took over the game.
“They played great and after the third inning there were no errors.”
After Pomella delivered a flawless inning, Fantasia's homer put the Saints up, 6-5.
Sacred Heart held the lead for the rest of the game. Freshman second baseman Lauren Melchionda had two hits and two RBIs and with senior Marybeth Mason also had two hits.
“We just started practicing two weeks ago,” Callahan said, “I hadn’t met them until then.”
Even with little experience coaching the Saints, Callahan thinks they’ll improve on 10-11 record from last year. He also said senior outfielders Sammy Savik, Kelsey Gailles, and Mason will provide leadership.
“I’m pretty optimistic about this year, we have a strong pitcher, catcher and lots of strong hitters,” he said. “I’m already looking forward to getting into the tournament.”
Several reporters and editors contribute updates, news and analysis to the High School Sports Blog.
- Bob Holmes: A Reading resident (Go Rockets!) and Boston College graduate, Holmes is the Boston Globe High School Sports Editor. We remind you now that his weekly picks are often made in jest so everyone just calm down when he picks against Everett for 11 straight weeks. Contact him at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeHolmes.
- Craig Larson: A native of West Springfield (Leo Durocher anyone? Tim Daggett?) and Curry College graduate (a proud Colonel!), Larson is the sports editor for the Globe's regional sections: South, West and North, as well as a frequent contributor on the college beat. Abington to Xaverian: it all starts with the schools. Have a compelling story idea? Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeLars.
- Zuri Berry: Berry attended the same high school as sports legends O.J. Simpson and Joe DiMaggio. (Guess which one is his hero.) He's a South Boston resident (formerly of Eastie) and the editor of the High School Sports blog as well as the go-to-guy for everything high school sports on Boston.com. Contact him at email@example.com and follow him on Twitter @GlobeSchools for all of the latest updates.
Then there are our fall correspondents:
- Anthony Gulizia | @gulizia_a | Div. 1 football
- Eric Russo | @erusso22 | Div. 2 football
- Stephen Sellner | @stephen_sellner | Div. 3 football
- Andrew MacDougall | @Andy_MacDougall | Div. 4 football
- Greg Joyce | @GJoyce9 | Div. 5 football
- Lorenzo Recupero | @LorenzoRecupero | Div. 6 football
- Liz Torres | @etorres446 | Girls volleyball
To reach the high school sports department, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.