BROOMFIELD - She actually had to be told that it was her first home run, but it's probably one she'll never forget.
Freshman Anna Martinez ripped a line-drive, inside-the-park grand slam on Tuesday afternoon to account for all of the runs as Holy Family got past visiting Mead 4-0 in the very rugged Class 4A Tri-Valley League.
The only child of Tigers coach Mitch Martinez, Anna's sharp liner to left field in the bottom of the fifth inning cleared the bases and she easily beat the throw home.
"I didn't know," the 14-year-old said of her grand slam. "I was just trying to knock in some of them."
But she got them all home and was unaware of what she did until reaching the dugout.
"She didn't know; she was just running," a smiling Mitch Martinez said. "And, yeah, it was a thrill."
The Tigers improved to 8-4 overall, 6-3 in the Tri-Valley. They managed just five hits to the Mavericks' six and earned their second victory of the season over Mead (5-9, 2-7). They beat them 6-0 on August 25.
Anna Martinez's homer came after Erin Caviness walked to open the sixth, Haley Almeida singled and Erin Winters sacrificed, then was safe when Mead failed to touch the first-base bag.
Caviness, a sophomore pitcher, got out of several potential jams. While retiring the side in order in the first and seventh, she weathered the six hits (all singles), an error and a wild pitch in the middle five innings. She struck out 11 Mavericks and stranded seven of them on the bases.
"I knew if I got into trouble that I had the defense to back me up," said Caviness, a granddaughter of the late Bob Caviness, a legendary cross country and track and field coach in Aurora.
Sad Mitch Martinez: "She did a really good job and that's one of the things being a sophomore, because later on she needs to learn how to work through those things. And she did."
Holy Family No. 9 hitter Haley Almeida had two hits and scored one of the runs.
For Mead, starter Anna Veltien went the distance and permitted only the five hits. At the plate, she had two of the Mavericks' six hits.
Next up for Holy Family - at undefeated Erie on Thursday. Erie whipped Holy Family 10-0 on Aug. 31.
Anna Martinez said she senses her Tigers "coming together as a team."
Mitch Martinez hopes the stretch run of the season will pay dividends.
"This is a tough league," he said. "You know every game is going to be a battle."
Having started three freshmen and four sophomores on Tuesday, the coach added: "We're so young ... so we knew as the season went, if we could just keep them up, they'd start making some strides. They are."
Holy Family 4, Mead 1
At Holy Family
Mead (5-9, 2-7) 000 000 0 — 0 6 2
Holy Family (8-4, 6-3) 000 040 x — 4 5 1
W — Caviness. L — Veltien.
Mead hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Hanafin cf 4-0-0-0, Osborn ss 3-0-1-0, Veltien p 3-0-2-0, Levine 3b 3-0-0-0, Regan 1b 3-0-1-0, Drouhard 2b 3-0-1-0, Hale lf 3-0-1-0, Hebda c 3-0-0-0, Anton dh 2-0-0-0, Heard-Hernandez rf 0-0-0-0. Totals 27-0-6-0.
Holy Family hitting (ab-r-h-rbi) — Winters 1b 2-1-0-0, Martinez cf 3-1-1-4, Gardon ss 2-0-0-0, Rode 2b 3-0-1-0, Gardner 3b 3-0-0-0, K. Caviness lf 3-0-1-0, McKenzie rf 3-0-0-0, E. Caviness p 2-0-0-0, Cook cr 0-1-0-0, Almeida c 2-1-2-0, Papacek cr 0-0-0-0. Totals 23-4-5-4. HR —Martinez, grand slam in the fifth. SB —K. Caviness.
Mead pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — Veltien 6-5-4-3-2-1.
Holy Family pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) — E. Caviness 7-6-0-0-0-11.