The Wolfpack scored two quick runs after their first four batters of the game got on base before they added a run in the third and another in the fifth to close out the 4-0 victory.
“We’ve been waiting for this day since the end of last season so we were excited from the start, which really helped our game today," said senior left fielder Mallory O’Brien, who hit 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a run scored. “You have the set the tone right from the start and we did that today.”
Junior pitcher Caitlyn Berry got the win by striking out seven hitters walking none. Her defense committed only one error behind her.
“I know they are a great team,” Berry said. “It’s difficult playing against them because I know them and I don’t want to hurt any of them.”
Tim Holland, who is in his 12th season coaching the Wolfpack, said Latin Academy (1-2) has only beaten them once during his tenure.
“It was great, we got two in the first,” Holland said. “But then Latin Academy played fantastic. Any time we threatened they made a bunch of plays; in the outfield, at second, the throw at third. We had to chip away at it but we were fortunately very, very tough.
In the fourth inning sophomore second baseman Julieanne Coleman knocked down a hard hit short hop before throwing senior Mary Demora out at first. That defensive effort was only topped in the third inning when junior left fielder Colby Cahill threw out junior Bridget Walsh at third.
“I couldn’t catch the ball so I just grabbed it [off the hop] and I knew I had the arm to make it so I just threw it right to [Eliza Laden-Mauro] like I always do,” said Cahill, who also caught two deep fly balls. “I thought we did a really good in the outfield but we could use a little bit more effort. We have to get those bats swinging. We have to work on that.”
O’Brien was impressed with Latin Academy’s defensive effort.
“Their D is better than any years we’ve seen it so good for them,” she said.
And even though they scored four runs, Latin School also said they need to improve their offense.
“Their pitcher did a fantastic job against us,” Holland said of senior Sydney McGrath, who struck out one and walked three but retired the side after three hitters in both the second and sixth innings. “We see pitching like that in the DCL, every team has a good pitcher and they hit up and down the lineup so we need to get a lot of runs.
“We can’t miss any opportunity.”
Latin Academy coach Rocco Zizza said the loss will only make his team better.
“We love playing up like this, I wish we played them 20 times a year because you usually tend to play to the level of your competition,” Zizza said. “They are in a great league, they play a great schedule. We wish we were them in certain ways. We would love to play that type of schedule where it forces us to get better.
“We have some great athletes and we just need to play some high quality competition to get better. … Games like this will make us better. We don’t schedule wins. A lot of coaches try to schedule wins. We try to schedule the toughest games possible in order to make us better.”
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