Continuing with my high school sports marathon day from Saturday, here’s a selection of photos from the MIAA Division 2 Softball championship between Hudson and Stoneham. It wasn’t exactly a close game, but what put Hudson ahead was their defense, which always makes for good photos.
There was also some interesting backstories on this team, too, from the starting pitcher celebrating her birthday and the catcher hitting her first career home run.
6.19.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Hudson catcher Micehelle Serrantino tags out Stoneham first baseman Gia Ruczkowski at home in the second inning of the MIAA Division 2 state final on June 19, 2010.
6.19.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Hudson catcher Michelle Serrantino is congratulated by coach Steven Martin after hitting a 2-run home run, the first of her career, against Stoneham in the third inning of the MIAA Division 2 state final on June 19, 2010.
6.19.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Hudson center fielder Jasmin Volpe can't get to a bloop single from Stoneham in the MIAA Division 2 state final on June 19, 2010.
6.19.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Hudson second baseman Sarah Caragian breaks up the double play attempt on Stoneham second baseman Colleen O'Quinn in the MIAA Division 2 state final on June 19, 2010.
6.19.2010 — WORCESTER, Mass. — Hudson starting pitcher Jurnee Serating-Ware, facing, is mobbed by teammates after closing out her win against Stoneham in the MIAA Division 2 state final on June 19, 2010.
Hectic day running around town for the Herald yesterday, but at least I got to wrap it up with some time at the ballpark, aka my happy place. Sure, I got there late — a stakeout tied me up for much of the afternoon — but it was low scoring, with some good defense to make things interesting for the few innings I did get to see.
Here’s how you perform an outfield assist, by the way.
6.3.2010 — CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Tewksbury catcher Lauren Teixeira tags out Arlington Catholic pinch runner Jessica Cameron at home in Arlington's 1-0 win over Tewksbury at St. Peter's Field in Cambridge on June 3, 2010.
Not really a relevant picture, since Arlington Catholic won, 1-0, but great action, nonetheless.
Happiness for me is hanging out next to the baseball field, in case you couldn’t tell from my sports portfolio. But the next best thing is softball, because it’s basically the same sport, but on a much smaller field with less reaction time.
This photo is from a game I shot yesterday between Bishop Fenwick High School and St. Mary’s. The player sliding in to home, Kristina Burri, is my kind of player — basically being a pain in the butt, baiting and taunting the catcher to try for a pickoff every time she got on base. Reminds me of myself!
4.7.2010 — PEABODY, Mass. — St. Mary's second baseman Kristina Burri scores on a wild pitch from Bishop Fenwick's Alyssa Begin, right, and an off-target toss from catcher Amanda McInnis in St. Mary's 9-3 at Fenwick.
Burri also scored from first on a throwing error as she was stealing second, without a play at home (which wasn’t a very interesting picture). Gotta love the team speed!