The Everett High softball team split its final two games of the season and now is awaiting word of its seeding and opening round pairing in the MIAA Division 1 North Sectional State Softball Tournament. That announcement was expected to come (yesterday) Tuesday as this newspaper was going to press.
After dropping a 3-0 decision to non league foe Swampscott of the Northeastern Conference, the Lady Crimson Tide rebounded for a 13-11 victory over GBL rival Medford.
In the former contest, Michelle Zullo tossed a fine game, going all seven innings and allowing just two earned runs on six hits while fanning six and walking only one.
However, the Lady Crimson Tide could not get the job done at the plate. Everett loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom of the seventh, but the threat ended there.
In the Medford tilt, Zullo and Rebecca Burley shared the pitching duties and between them yielded just six earned runs.
Everett trailed 5-3 after four frames, with a two run single by Brianna Uga, that brought in Erin McLaughlin and Rachel Pierce, the big hit to that point for the Lady Crimson Tide.
However, Medford put three more markers on the board in the fifth to extend their advantage to 8-3. Everett got one back in its fifth when Tori Cyrus doubled, moved to third on a bunt by Burley, and was awarded home plate on an illegal pitch. Still, Medford continued to open up its lead with a pair of tallies in the sixth to make it a 10-4 ballgame.
But Medford fell apart in the bottom of the frame as nine Everett runners crossed home plate courtesy of five bases on balls and three Medford errors. The Lady Crimson Tide accounted for just three hits off the bats of McLaughlin, Pierce (double), and Nicole Flores (double).
Despite the favorable final outcome on the scoreboard,, EHS head coach Stacy Poste was not pleased with her team’s performance. “This was the hardest game to watch as a coach,” said Poste. “We know our team is so much better at the plate, but when we have not hit the ball well in three games, you don’t know what to do. You try to talk to them, yell at them, nothing seems to work. They have to get a drive in them and we (the coaches) cannot give it to them. They have been flat since the Malden loss. They have to believe that they can go far in the tourney. This is the team we can do it with!”