Latin Academy pitcher Olivia McGrath had only tossed one complete game this season heading into the Boston City League Championship Tuesday. That didn’t stop the ace from going the distance in Latin Academy’s 3-0 win over Brighton, helping the Dragons to their 10th straight City League title.
McGrath had a perfect game through six innings before allowing a single to the Brighton leadoff hitter in the seventh. McGrath was able to preserve the shutout, finishing with 11 strikeouts and allowing two hits.
“She pitched great . . . She only pitched in less than one-third of our games because of injury, so just having her on the mound I was happy to see,” Latin Academy coach Rocco Zizza said.
McGrath dealt with arm injuries that sidelined her for much of the regular season, but she is fully healthy now, according to McGrath.
“Knock on wood, I feel 100 percent,” McGrath said. “And knowing that just makes me want to play even harder.”
Latin Academy (15-7) scored in the first to take a 1-0 lead. Michaela Russell singled and stole second and third before being brought home on a sacrifice fly to right by Isabella Diiorio.
The Dragons took a 2-0 lead in the second inning on an inside-the-park home run to deep left field by Kaileen Cotter.
Starter Cassidy Aiello seemed to settle in on the mound for Brighton (17-3) after the second inning. She held Latin Academy scoreless until Shantary Pimental led off the sixth inning with an inside-the-park home run to deep center to give the Dragons a 3-0 lead.
“We’re actually a great hitting team, you have to give the Brighton pitcher credit,” Zizza said. “ The last time we played them we had 19 hits.”
Latin Academy has won their last 105 consecutive City League games.