The Everett High softball team dropped a 6-3 decision at Bishop Fenwick in the opening round of the MIAA Division 1 North Sectional Tournament last Thursday.
The Crimson Tide came in as the 11th seed in the D-1 North bracket with Fenwick seeded in the sixth spot. The Bishops grabbed a 2-0 lead after two frames with some small ball that produced single tallies in the opening two innings.
The Bishops’ first tally came across on a hit, a bunt, and an Everett error. Their second run came as a result of three successive and successful bunts. “They were quick on their bunts, but we just could not jump on them quickly enough,” said EHS head coach Stacy Poste.
Everett got one back in the third when Tori Cyrus reached on an error and then scored on a base by Michelle Zullo. Everett evened the count in the fourth when Janyne Sierra tripled and came home on a squeeze bunt by Rachel Pierce.
However, Fenwick regained its two run advantage in the bottom of the frame on a double, a triple, and a wild pitch and added another marker in the fifth. Everett cut the margin back to two with a run in the sixth when Alea Martinelli got to first on a dropped third strike and scored on a double by Erin McLaughlin.
But Fenwick put a run up on the board in its sixth for the 6-3 finale.
“I feel bad for our kids who worked so hard and lost in the first round,” said Poste. “This was the group who could have gone far. But they have been the best to coach. They are great girls with great personalities and we had a lot of memories.
“I think they were more upset about not getting me my 200th win than I was,” added the coach. “There are a lot of bonds I made with the players and I wish the seniors the best of luck in the future. “