The Everett High softball dropped a pair of close encounters with non league rivals Swampscott and Marblehead this past week.
Michelle Zullo was the headline star for the Lady Crimson Tide in a 3-2 defeat to Swampscott in 10 innings last Tuesday. Michelle went all 10 frames, fanning nine enemy batters while walking only two. She allowed just six hits and one earned run.
Swampscott scored two runs in the first inning on a bunt, an error, and a hit, but Everett bounced back in the fifth. Zullo led off with a walk and Kristie Welch singled..Erin McLaughlin then punched a double to bring in Zullo to slice the deficit to 2-1. Although Welch got caught in a rundown, McLaughlin scored the tying tally on a fielder’s choice.
Swampscott’s winning run in the 10th came about via an error, with the runner going to second, and then a double into the outfield.
“It was a hard game to lose,” said EHS head coach Stacy Poste. “Michelle did an unbelievable job pitching. She got stronger as the game went on. We hit the ball hard but at people.”
A defensive highlight for Everett came in the sixth when centerfielder Janyne Sierra threw out a Swampscott runner who was attempting to score the go ahead run.
The Lady Crimson Tide came out on the short end of another tight decision on Wednesday, this time by a score of 3-1 at Marblehead, another foe from the Northeastern Conference.
Stephanie Chaves went all six innings, striking out four and walking one, while allowing just two hits and no earned runs. .
The lone Everett marker came in the sixth. Alea Martinelli slapped a hit and Marblehead then was unable to handle Sierra’s hard hit ball. After McLaughlin singled to load the bases, Samantha Rebelo knocked in Martinelli with a base hit.
“This was another game won by the opponents due to our errors,” said Poste afterwards. “These losses are hard to swallow because the coaches know this Everett team is so much better than what the scores indicate.”
Poste and her crew were set to host Somerville yesterday (Tuesday) and Cambridge tomorrow at 10:00. They will travel to Lynn English next Tuesday.