Maybe it’s something in that dirty water, but the McGrath girls have found a remarkable amount of success in the Boston City League softball championship.
It began in 2008 with the eldest McGrath, Rachel, taking a no-hitter into the final inning as Boston Latin Academy claimed the inaugural city crown. Five years later, Sydney McGrath capped her career at Latin Academy with a five-inning perfect game that stretched the Dragons’ title run to six.
Monday afternoon, it was Olivia’s time to shine. The freshman dazzled from the circle with a two-hitter while going 3 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs as the Dragons claimed the championship at Roberto Clemente Field, defeating East Boston, 12-0, in five innings.
It was the seventh straight season that Latin Academy bested the Jets for the title.
“My two older sisters went here, so I kind of have to live up to the expectations, just do my best,” Olivia McGrath said. “I couldn’t have done it without my team. They were there to help me. They made the plays that needed to be made, so it was awesome having them behind me.”
The Dragons were held in check by East Boston (9-11) and junior pitcher Danielle Elliot the first time through the lineup, but Latin Academy (13-8) flexed its muscles in the third. Michaela Russell (3 for 4) began the onslaught as she slapped a single into center and stole second before advancing to third on a misplayed ball. The seventh-grader then came home as senior Rachel Kerrigan trotted to second base on a throwing error.
With a runner at second and one out, McGrath launched the first pitch she saw deep to left. The ball continued to travel into the adjacent softball field as McGrath easily rounded the bases for a two-run homer — her second in as many games.
Before the inning ended, the Dragons tacked on another run when senior Colby Cahill’s bunt drove in Danielle Baldassari (2 for 4, HR, 2 RBIs) from third base for a 4-0 lead.
Latin Academy kept up its momentum in the fourth as consecutive singles loaded the bases with one out. McGrath then drove in a pair of runs with a double and Cahill added a single to bump Latin Academy’s lead to 7-0.
Meanwhile, McGrath allowed only three runners while striking out eight.
“She was off today,” joked longtime Latin Academy coach Rocco Zizza. “I know she gave up two hits today. The last two games we played them — this is the third time we’ve played them — the other two games she had a no-hitter and a perfect game against them.”
Five more runs came across the plate for the Dragons in the fifth, highlighted by a homer by Baldassari. The sophomore jacked a long fly that dropped just out of the reach of the Jets’ center fielder before rolling.