Boston High School: Tim Holland

D1 North softball: Central Catholic 11, Boston Latin 4

June, 5, 2013
LAWRENCE, Mass. -- Central Catholic starting pitcher, Olivia Antczak was battling illness, so with its season on the line, Karoline Leavitt stepped up for the Raiders and helped her pitcher breathe a bit more easily.

No. 5 seed Boston Latin led No. 4 Central Catholic, 3-1, during the bottom of the third inning, but with the bases juiced, Leavitt did not miss jump-starting the Raiders to an 11-4 victory in the Division 1 North quarterfinals.

The sophomore third basemen connected and drove the ball deep into center field, clearing the bases.

“I thought we did a good job there because that was [right after Boston Latin] had come out and scored three runs,” Central Catholic head coach Stacey Ciccolo said. “Karoline [Leavitt] unloaded a nice double to clear the bases, and I think everyone relaxed a little bit after. It got a little bit contagious. Nobody had hit the ball hard up until that point really, and we were struggling to get a piece of ball. We were getting on base before that, but after that the girls really relaxed.”

Leavitt’s three-run double highlighted a seven-run inning. Olivia Ciccarelli and Leslie Moore also had RBI in the Raiders big inning.

“We were able to get that lead, but [Central] came right back and it the ball hard,” Boston Latin coach Tim Holland said. “They hit the ball hard where we weren’t, when they didn’t hit it hard it fell in, and they made us pay for a couple mistakes.”

Antczak got roughed up in the third inning, but she stayed in the game to pitch the fourth with no problems. She was battling several symptoms, including a queasy stomach.

“We didn’t think she was going to make it through [the fourth inning],” Ciccolo said. “I thought she showed some real toughness making it through that inning.”

Meg Sears was called from the bullpen to finish off the Wolfpack (17-5), and she did just that. Sears had little problems only allowing one run in her three innings of work.

“Our team has been so good these past couple games, so I was really just ready to go,” Sears said. “It felt great [to get the win].”

Krista Maloney helped add to the Raiders lead in the fifth inning by blasting a solo shot over the right-center field fence. Maloney was only playing in her second game after returning from a concussion.

“It’s very nice [to have her back],” Ciccolo said. “It’s just more comfortable to the rest of the girls [having her back] because she has been hitting leadoff for the past two years. She is very comfortable there, and she is a very smart player.”

Central Catholic (18-4) will face off against No. 1 Concord-Carlisle (21-1), Thursday in the Division 1 North semifinals. They will square off at 7:30 p.m. in Lowell at Martin Field.

Recap: No. 11 A-B 8, No. 12 Boston Latin 2

April, 27, 2012

ACTON, Mass. -- Acton-Boxboro girls' softball looks at the game one pitch at a time.

Well prepped for any defensive scenario, the Colonial fielders have shown the ability all season to buckle down and smother runs no matter the situation.

In their Dual County League (Large) opener, host No. 11 A-B (5-3, 5-1) flexed its defensive prowess once again as it ran over No. 12 Boston Latin, 8-2, on Thursday.

“If the ball goes through your legs or you drop a pop up, just think about the next play,” A-B head coach Mary Matthews said. “We do so many different drills. We try to mix it up so they are never surprised.”

The defending Division I North champs allowed an average of only 0.71 runs per game coming into action.

A-B's defense was lead with a complete game performance from pitcher Sarah Ropiak who struck out seven while allowing only seven hits and two runs. The senior went 3-for-4 from the plate, including three RBI, while teammate Maddie Hatch was a perfect 4-for-4 with a run and an RBI.

“You have to get them to put it in play where you want them to put it in play,” Ropiak said of her pitching. “If we are looking for a ground ball it would be a drop. On a windy day like today, we do not want it up in the air.”

A four-run and seven-hit inning helped A-B grab the victory from a 2-0 deficit entering the bottom of the third.

Ropiak opened the scoring with a double down the line for a run, while teammate Hannah Graney lined a two-run frozen rope single with the bases loaded for a 3-2 lead and the winning run. Michelle Surdan then grounded a ball up the middle and the Colonials ended the inning up 4-2.

“Our goal is to get on base and move our runners over,” Matthews said. “We are finally learning about having runners on base and hitting deep to score runs.”

A-B's Kara O’Riley hit a sacrifice fly for a run in the fifth, while the Colonials added three tallies in their final at bat with four hits.

A pair of singles and a steal put teammates Lindsay Chen and Nicole Geoffrion in scoring position with one out in the sixth, before Ropiak brought both home with a double off the center field wall.

A hit by Kirsten Pfister and a single by Hatch each added a run for an 8-2 margin.

“I know I can battle with two strikes, so I do not worry about swinging at each pitch,” Ropiak said of her at-bat. “She had been keeping it low most of the game, so I took advantage of a high throw.”

Despite struggling to score late, the Wolfpack knocked in the first run of the match with two outs in the third off a two-run shot from outfielder Courtney Hoban. With teammate Mary DeMoura on first off an outfield long drive, Hoban rocketed a high pitch a few yards over the center-field wall for a 2-0 lead.

Boston Latin (7-2, 4-1) stranded 10 in total, while A-B left eight on base.

“She just turned on it and got up to get a nice charge on it,” Boston Latin head coach Tim Holland said of Hoban's blast. “We kept getting runners on with two outs. A couple miscues with a top team like this and they will make you pay for it.”

This was the first large conference game for both squads. The pair entered the day with the two best all-around and league records in DCL (Large) division, with A-B grabbing the division advantage after the win.

Berardi delivers first-round win for Latin

June, 3, 2011
JAMAICA PLAIN, Mass. — Tim Holland has been trying for 10 years to grab a first round tournament victory for his Boston Latin softball team.

Thanks to Emily Berardi’s fine day, he can finally end the quest.

Berardi went 3-for-4 with three RBI, and gave up three runs (two earned) in a complete-game effort to give Latin a 5-3 victory over Medford on Friday, in a Division 1 North tournament game at Daisy Field.

“She pitched lights out today, but that shot really took some of the pressure off,” said Holland, whose Wolfpack (16-5) will play the winner of Chelmsford and Beverly-Andover in a North quarterfinal. Time and date are yet to be confirmed.

Holland should be used to this from his senior star. Berardi picked up the Dual County League Large Division MVP award this season. For the past two years, she has been the Wolfpack’s team MVP, and she has appeared on the DCL All-Star team for three years.

“Everybody has their own role on the team, but as far as pitching and leading come it’s important for me to (lead),” said Berardi. “It’s important for me to keep my team in the game.”

Berardi started her day with a towering double in the bottom of the first, which would be a precursor to her third-inning successes. With a runner on first and second with one out, Berardi smacked a 1-1 offering into the left-center gap well past the Mustangs outfielders.

The three-run shot gave the Wolfpack a 3-1 lead and they would grab one more in the inning to take control of the game.

“I was just trying to wait on the ball and wait for a strike,” said Berardi.

On the mound, Berardi started out hot by retiring the first five hitters she faced in order. Medford (15-6) did grab the early 1-0 lead with a RBI single from Kasey Moran in the top of the third inning.

The Mustangs stayed tough against Berardi as they got the potential go-ahead run to the plate in the top of the seventh. But Berardi induced a grounder to third and Lauren O’Shea sprinted to the bag to force out the runner for the final out of the game.

“The No. 4 batter gets up to bat with two outs and runners on, so you have to be careful with what you throw,” explained Berardi.

Berardi only allowed the Mustangs’ 2-through-4 hole hitters to get on base three times in 12 plate appearances. Moran was the only Mustangs’ player to have a multi-hit game with a 3-for-4 showing out of the leadoff spot.

“(Berardi) was the game,” said Mustangs’ head coach Jack Dempsey. “We usually have bunters and slap hitters that beat out throws at first, but the pitcher is one the who made the plays possible. She was very quick getting to the ball.”

Added Holland: “(Medford) made us work for every single out today.”