Boston High School: Alicia Reid

Preseason MIAA softball All-State Team

April, 9, 2013
MilfordBrendan Hall/ESPNBoston.comReigning ESPN Boston Miss Softball Award winner Shannon Smith hopes to lead Milford to back-to-back Division 1 state titles.
Megan Colleran, Jr., North Attleborough
Anna O'Neill, Sr., King Philip
Lauren Ramirez, Sr., Dracut
Kendal Roy, Jr., Grafton
Shannon Smith, Sr., Milford

Tori Constantin, Sr. 2B, King Philip
Stephanie Cornish, Sr. 3B, Abington
Alexis DeBrosse, Sr. SS, New Bedford
Caroline Fairbanks, Sr. 3B, Milford
Nicole Lundstrom, Sr. C, Dighton-Rehoboth
Bella Picard, Sr. SS, Blackstone Valley Tech
Madi Shaw, Jr. SS, Bridgewater-Raynham
Dakota Smith-Porter, Sr., P/SS, Turners Falls
Reilly Weiners, Sr. C, Agawam

Olivia Antczak, Soph. P, Central Catholic
Allie Colleran, Jr. SS/OF, Concord-Carlisle
Megan Cook, Jr. P, Bellingham
Haley Currie, Sr. 3B, Burlington
Sara Dawson, Soph. P, Bridgewater-Raynham
Kaleigh Finigan, Sr. 3B, St. Mary's (Lynn)
Bridget Furlong, Sr. 2B, Malden
Courtney Girouard, Jr. P, Fairhaven
Galen Kerr, Sr. P, Concord-Carlisle
Taylor LeBrun, Soph. C, Milford
Rachel Levine, Sr. CF, Milford
Michaela Mazure, Soph. INF, Burlington
Shannon McLaughlin, Jr. P, Tewksbury
Paige Mulry, Jr. C, Boston Latin
MacKenzie Navarro, Jr. 1B, Taunton
Alicia Reid, Sr. CF, Abington
Kelsey Saucier, Jr. P, Holy Name
Rachael Smith, Jr. P, Winchester
Lauren Tuiskula, Sr. P, Leicester
Jurnee Ware, Sr. P, Hudson

WORCESTER, Mass. – The kids are better than alright.

Grafton softball, which boasts just 12 players on its game roster, only two of which were seniors this season, claimed its first-ever state championship, edging Abington, 1-0, at Worcester State University on Saturday.

The Indians ran through most of the regular season with an undefeated record, and they continued tearing through the postseason, outscoring opponents 28-4 in three games during the Division 2 Central tournament, before taking a 3-2 win over defending state champion Hampshire Regional in order to get to championship Saturday.

Once there, Grafton was carried by a sophomore pitcher, Kendal Roy, who threw a complete-game, three-hit shutout. The game-winning hit was provided by a freshman, second baseman Amanda Voellings.

This may have been the first time, but these Indians aren’t going anywhere.

“We’ve been playing since middle school, since we were 10 years old, together,” Roy said. “I think this is the team, this year and next year that’s going to be the strongest. I know all the girls, we’ve known each other for years.”

The Indians (24-1) played a very much collaborative game. Roy pitched to contact and let her slick-fielding teammates take care of the work behind her.

Yet, Roy was able to pump it up when called upon. Half of her six strikeouts came in the third inning, when she struck out the side despite some difficulty. Green Wave center fielder Alicia Reid lined a two-out single to center. The fleet-footed junior promptly stole second and kept running to third on an error on the throw down. It was then Roy ratcheted up the velocity and ended the inning on a three-pitch strikeout to end the frame.

Grafton struck for its run in the fifth, when first baseman Kate Cardoza led off with a single. After Nikki Murphy laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Cardoza over to second, Voellings rapped a two-out single to right.

“I moved in on the plate because I noticed she was going outside a lot and I struck out the first time, so I wanted to make sure I could cover [the plate],” Voellings said of her at-bat.”

Both Grafton and Abington were in uncharted waters Saturday, making the deepest postseason run in either program’s history, so someone had to go home a first-time champion.

It didn’t work out for Ernie Ortega’s Green Wave (23-3) this year, but like their Saturday opponent, Abington has a young nucleus. While the Green Wave will certainly miss outgoing ace Kelly Norton (CG, 4 K, 5 H, 0 BB vs. Grafton) in the circle, things are looking up.

“This was a great group of girls,” Ortega said. “We’re going to lose four seniors, two that were starting players, so hopefully we’ll be able to fill in some of the gaps. We’ll need to break in a pitcher or two, but we’ve got a lot coming back, so we’ll try to make a deep run next year.”

D2 EMass softball: Abington 5, Dracut 4

June, 13, 2012

TAUNTON, Mass. -– Whenever a game-changing situation occurred during Tuesday’s Eastern Mass softball final, Abington right fielder Jill Marella was involved. A two-run single, a sac-fly, a fielder’s choice to score the game-winning run, a miracle catch in the field, she pretty much did it all.

Marella’s performance was a microchasm of the Green Wave’s unprecedented postseason run. After taking a 5-4 win over North sectional champion Dracut at Taunton High’s Jack Tripp Field, Abington will stare down history again with its first-ever trip to a softball championship game on Saturday.

“This is the way you want to go out senior year,” Marella said.

The Green Wave’s mettle was tested in several critical points of Tuesday’s game, and while it wasn’t always pretty, Abington (23-2) has continued to find ways to win ball games.

Dracut (23-2) erased two Green Wave leads in the early going, tying the game 1-1 through the first and 3-3 through three. Abington claimed its third lead of the game in the fourth on Marella’s sacrifice fly, scoring Victoria Chiocchio (2-for-2, two runs scored). The Middies again countered; Kaylee Kacavas’ sac-fly plated Samantha Durand in the fifth.

Although Abington regained the lead in the sixth, with Alicia Reid scoring on Marella’s bases-loaded fielder’s choice, there would be no clear sailing for the Green Wave.

Dracut had a runner in scoring position in both the home half of the sixth and seventh against Abington ace Kelly Norton. Those runners wouldn’t advance past second as the Green Wave defense held to retire the side in both innings without any further damage.

Beside her work at the plate, Marella was instrumental to stopping a potential Middies rally in the fourth.

With the bases loaded and two out, Dracut lead-off hitter Amanda Vallante pulled a Norton offering to deep right. Although Marella initially broke in on the ball, she recovered in time to get back and snag the liner for the final out of the frame.

“I wasn’t used to the lights and I lost it for a little bit,” Marella said of her fully extended shoestring catch. “And I just kind of made a leap of faith, I grabbed it. I got lucky.”

It’s just another way Marella has delivered this postseason.

“She’s come up big every time we’ve asked her to,” Abington head coach Ernie Ortega said. “She gets the bunt down, or she gets a big hit. They play her to bunt all the time, but they don’t realize she does both, and she came up with the big hit.”

Norton, who is frequently dominant, found herself scrapping for three strikeouts against the Middies lineup. But she was at her best with her back against the wall in the final frames.

Abington assistant coach Marty French made several key trips to the circle to calm Norton’s nerves in those tense situations.

The experienced coach and pitching expert always seems to know exactly what to say. And how to make light of the situation.

“They’re light-hearted conversations, he likes to keep things upbeat,” Norton said. “In my head, I was freaking out, I was so nervous, but he just told me to relax.”

Norton induced a ground-ball out to end the sixth-inning rally and a couple of fly balls to end threats in the fifth and sixth.

Whatever French had to offer must’ve been pretty funny.

Abington’s chance at ultimate history comes Saturday at Worcester State College (4 p.m.) when the Green Wave will face Central sectional champion Grafton, which claimed a 3-2 win over Hampshire in the other state semifinal game on Tuesday.

Ortega feels his team will enter battle-tested.

“We’ve face some really, really tough teams coming out of the South. It’s just amazing the talent that has come out of there and to be able to be where we are now, I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet.”

“Coming this far, we have to win,” Norton added. “We have to win.”