Michelle Zullo and Rebecca Burley combined to pitch seven innings of shutout softball and their teammates provided plenty of offense and defense as the Everett High softball team pasted Northeastern Conference rival Lynn English, 12-0, Friday.
Zullo went the first five innings and yielded just two hits while fanning six and walking only two. Rebecca came on for the final two frames and allowed no hits or walks and struck out one.
The Lady Crimson Tide struck first in the third inning when Zullo tripled over the center fielder’s head and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Taylor Sweeney for what ultimately would prove to be the game winning run. Alea Martinelli then tripled and came all the way around when the English shortstop threw away the relay from the outfield. Everett wasn’t done however, as Erin McLaughlin poked a two out double, stole third, and scored on a misplayed fly ball off the bat of Nicole Flores to right field.
Everett then broke the game open the following inning with an eight run outburst that moved the Crimson Tide into a commanding 11-0 lead. After Cyrus and Zullo walked and moved up on a passed ball, a base hit by Sweeney delivered Cyrus and another hit by Martinelli brought in Zullo.
A hit by Janyne Sierra knocked in Martinelli and a walk to McLaughlin filled the bases. Another fly ball by Flores was errored by the English outfielder, allowing Martinelli and Sierra to cross the plate. Rachel Pierce then stroked a two bagger to send McLaughlin and Flores homeward.
Everett added another marker in the fifth to make it an even dozen runs when Brianna Uga doubled, Cyrus singled, and Zullo came through with an RBI base hit to bring in Brianna.
“Both pitchers did a great job for us,” said EHS head coach Stacy Poste, “and our defense played great behind them whenever the ball was put into play.
“We hit the ball hard when we needed to,” added the coach, “but in a close game we will need to be more consistent at the plate.”
Poste and her crew took on Greater Boston League foe Cambridge yesterday (Tuesday) and host Somerville tomorrow (Thursday) at 10:00 at Glendale. They travel to Lynn English next Tuesday for a rematch with the Lady Bulldogs and then to Malden next Thursday.