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Opening day isn't total washout for O'Bryant girls' softball

Posted by Justin Rice  April 1, 2013 05:08 PM

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When it rained it literally poured on the Brighton girls’ softball team during its home opening loss to O’Bryant on Monday afternoon at Cassidy Playground in Cleveland Circle.

A driving rain came down as the Tigers put the finishing touches on a seven-run opening inning of their 19-1 victory that was called due to lightning.

Even though the rain stopped during the second inning, O’Bryant’s runs didn’t.

The Tigers (1-0) added another six runs in both the second and the third before lightning struck and both coaches agreed to allow the game to go into the books.

“I don’t think waiting another inning will make enough of a difference so it didn’t make sense for us to suffer and also there was lightning so it was dangerous,” Brighton coach Victoria Barbato said.

O’Bryant junior catcher Yonetta Harris, who went 2 for 3 with a double, said it wasn’t the ideal way to win.

“No it’s not but we’ll take the win,” she said moments after more lightening flashed. “We need to get home safe.”

Harris was also shocked by how well they played in the opening inning.

“The first inning, it was amazing,” she said. “I didn’t think we were going to do that well in
the beginning. I’m really proud of my team because a few girls are new.”

Most of O’Bryant’s runs came off of past balls or wild pitchers and Barbato said they are going to spend the coming days shoring up their battery.

“It was a learning day," Barbato said. "We only got two days practicing outside and only two days practicing with our varsity team..

Barbato noted that a lot of their best players from last year were from Boston Community Leadership Academy, which now plays for New Mission.

“So we’re still working out those kinks." she said. "So I’m not discouraged by it and they don’t seem discouraged by it so we’re just taking it as it is.”

Brighton’s bats settled in a bit after both of O"Bryant's scoring barrages. They got one run back in the first inning and in the second inning collected three hits but failed to bring in a run.

O’Bryant coach Bridget Ryan said her team’s bats started coming alive in the middle of last season and she was glad to see the offense continue on opening day.

“It was great, we played really well, we were patient hitting the ball and we ran the bases well, stealing, just being really knowledgeable of where they were and where the ball was,” she said. “It’s cold but at least we got the game in and it was official."

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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