New Mission’s softball team kept itself in the hunt to reach its first city championships by beating O’Bryant Monday afternoon, but a new rule might prevent it from getting into Saturday's tournament anyway.
Alison Davey hit two home runs and had five RBIs while Nicole Sandel struck out nine as New Mission beat O’Bryant, 7-3, at Ross Field.
The Titans (8-5) need to beat Boston English Thursday to have a shot at making the tournament but probably still won't have a good enough record.
In past years, the top two teams from the North and South Divisions qualified, but this year the top team from the North and South qualify while the two teams with the next best records qualify as well, regardless of division.
Under that rule, either Burke (8-2) or West Roxbury (9-3) would probably go to the tournament over New Mission.
East Boston needs to beat Fenway Tuesday to clinch the North title and Latin Academy clinched the South title last week.
New Mission coach Cory McCarthy said his team has had its best season since his first year in 2007.
“We beat West Roxbury, we beat O’Bryant,” he said. “We beat two of the teams that will potentially be in it.”
O’Bryant, which is 9-2 against city teams, was led by Kristen O’Brien’s six strikeouts and Valerie Nieves, who had a triple. It beat Burke earlier in the year and will probably make the tournament.
O’Bryant coach Bridget Ryan said she hopes to see New Mission Saturday.
“They played well.” Ryan said. “They had great hits. They had some diesel hits to the outfield.”
O’Bryant still has to play West Roxbury and South Boston this week.
The tournament semifinals will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Clemente and Cobe Fields in the Fens.
The winners will meet in Monday’s championship game at noon.
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