Last Saturday was a special day for the Austin Prep Community. For the first time in School history, the Softball Team captured the captured the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) Division 3 State Title at Worcester State University. It was just a terrific game and I feel blessed I was there to watch this incredible group of young athletes compete and then award them their championship medals at the conclusion of the game.
The State Championship received coverage in the Boston Herald and the Boston Globe. Leading up to the state victory, there was also a great story on Austin Prep Softball capturing the North Final. Social media accounts were full of great comments, photos, and videos on Twitter and Instagram. And our champions were welcomed back to campus in style with an escort from the Town of Reading’s Police and Fire Departments.
It was the third time that Austin Prep faced Turners Falls High School in the state tournament and, as the saying goes, the third time’s a charm. In a 3-0 shutout, Austin Prep captured the state title. Head Coach Frank Sorrenti said it best: “We finally finished it. It’s been a long road, this was a team of destiny, they really came together and just kept getting better and better.”
Director of Athletics Jonathan Pollard ’97 remarked, “I have been very fortunate to coach or be associated with a substantial number of championship teams, and never in my career have I seen a more selfless team. It was apparent from very early on this season that these girls were all on the same page and understood that to secure a state title, every single athlete on the roster would need to play a role, and no one would be valued any greater than anyone else. It truly was a special group that will be an inspiration for future Austin Prep Championship teams!”
So much work goes into a championship season and, as a community, we should all be proud of what they have achieved. In addition to being a talented group of young women, the Softball Team exemplifies Austin Prep’s core values of veritas, unitas, and caritas.
I’m grateful to the coaching staff for their many sacrifices. Coaching is a vocation, a calling that our coaches energetically pursue. They, too, live Austin Prep’s mission through their coaching vocation.