The Everett High baseball team concluded its season on a winning note with a 5-2 victory over Masconomet Sunday in the consolation round of the Tanner Invitational baseball tournament.
The triumph improved the Crimson Tide’s record to 12-8 to close out a stellar 2012 campaign in which Joe Marchese’s crew captured an outright GBL title with a 7-1 league mark. Everett now awaits word of its seeding and first round opponent in the upcoming MIAA state tournament. Senior southpaw Chris DiNapoli, who was bothered by a sore shoulder earlier in the season, was the main man for the Crimson Tide, working all seven innings and allowing just one hit, a two run homer in the fourth that knotted matters at the time at 2-2. “Chris pitched a great game for us,” said Marchese, who noted that DiNapoli threw an efficient 85 pitches while fanning four and walking only two.
Everett had taken a 2-0 lead with a rally in the top of the fourth that was keyed by an RBI double by Matt Pothier. After Masco’s game tying homer in the bottom of the frame, the Tide regained the lead with three markers in the sixth. Pothier, who also had a walk and a stolen base on the day, once again was in the center of things with a base hit for an RBI. Serif Pajazetovic belted a double for an RBI to help propel the winning Everett rally.
Mac Singleston had a good day at the plate with a single and a run scored.
The Tide had dropped a 5-0 decision the previous day to the host Peabody squad, which featured one of the state’s top pitchers in its contest with Everett.
“I can’t say enough about how well this team performed this year,” said Marchese. “We came together and did what we had to do to win the close games that brought us a GBL title.”
The announcement of Everett’s seeding and first round opponent in the tourney was expected to be made yesterday (Tuesday) with the opening game to be played either Thursday or Friday.
EHS track team wraps up season
The Everett High outdoor track season came conclusion over the weekend with a contingent of Crimson Tide boys competing in the Division 1 State Meet.
Jaylen McRae qualified in three events, the 100 dash, the 200 dash, and the long jump. Jaylen finished in 18th place in the 100 in 11.38 seconds; in 41st spot in the 200 in a time of 23.54; and in 24th in the long jump with a leap of 20-6.5.
McRae also anchored the Everett 4 x 100 relay with teammates Bryan Cedeno, Jonathan Mendez, and Andres Tejada. The quartet finished in 15th place with a clocking of 44.97.
Mendez and Tejada also competed in the long jump and 200 dash respectively, with Jonathan leaping 20-5.25 for 25th place and Andres sprinting to 43rd spot in the 200 in 23.60.
“The first exchange of the relay wasn’t the best,” said EHS head coach Shelanda Irish. “However, the boys were able to run a decent time,” added Irish, who also noted the strong performances of Mendez and Tejada in their individual events, as well as McRae, who just missed qualifying for the final of the 100.
“Overall the boys had a great season and they proved to be among the best runners in Division I by qualifying for this meet,” noted Irish. “They all played a huge role on the team as a whole and I’m very happy with their performances.”
Softball team shuts out Somerville on Senior Night
The Everett High softball team concluded its regular season with a 10-0 victory over Somerville Friday evening on a night that was highlighted by traditional Senior Night festivities.
EHS hurler Franki Perreault pitched all seven innings for the Lady Crimson Tide, allowing just two hits while fanning six and walking none.
“This was a nice win for Franki because it was her first shutout of the season,” noted EHS head coach Stacy Poste.
The Everett girls put the home crowd into a celebratory mood in the opening inning when lead off hitter Taylor Sweeney singled and second batter Alea Martinelli homered for a quick as a flash 2-0 EHS lead.
The Lady Crimson Tide added to their advantage in the second frame. Kayla Lombardo tripled and soon scored on a Somerville error of a Sweeney grounder. After Taylor stole second and third, Martinelli accounted for her third ribbie of the night with a base hit to bring in Sweeney. Alea herself then raced home when the Somerville left fielder made an error on a ball hit by Janyne Sierra to make it a 5-0 contest.
The Lady Crimson Tide put the game away with a five run outburst in the fifth. Sierra singled and Tori Cyrus bunted and beat out the throw. Brianna Uga followed with a double to bring in Sierra. Perreault helped her own cause with a single to score Cyrus and Jess Wade followed with another safety to knock in Uga. A base hit by Lombardo concluded the scoring with Perreault’s courtesy runner, Talia Mirra, crossing the plate.
The day before, the Everett girls also swung the hot bats in a 13-10 win over Marblehead in a contest in which they also struck early in the first inning. Base hits by Sweeney, Martinelli, and Sierra loaded the bases, bringing up Cyrus, who singled to bring in Sweeney. Uga drew a walk to force in Martinelli and Perreault singled to score Sierra. Cyrus would score on a ground out by Samantha Batres for a 4-0 EHS lead.
Marblehead struck back for three markers in the second, but a roundtripper by Martinelli left matters at 5-3. The visitors knotted the contest with two markers in the third and then took a 7-5 lead with two in the fifth.
However, Everett bounced back with two runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it a 7-7 deadlock. Martinelli singled, Erin McLaughlin singled, and Sierra reached on an error to load the bases. That brought up Cyrus once again in that situation and once again Tori came through with an RBI base hit. Another hit by Uga brought in McLaughlin and a two bagger by Perreault scored Sierra and Cyrus. Jess Wade then knocked in Mirra (Perreault’s courtesy runner) for a 10-7 Everett advantage.
However, Marblehead continued the see-saw pattern of the game with three runs in the sixth. Everett then took the lead for good with three markers in the bottom of the frame. Martinelli singled, stole second, and scored on a triple by McLaughlin. Another three bagger by Sierra brought in Erin. Janyne then scored on an error by the catcher for the 13-10 finale.
“The girls are coming around again with the bats which is nice to see, but we still give too many opportunities for the other teams to score,” said Poste after the two victories. However, Poste was mindful of her squad’s two previous contests with Lowell, a 10-3 loss, and Swampscott, a 5-0 defeat.
Everett allowed four unearned runs in the Lowell encounter and one in the loss to Swampscott. In addition, the Lady Crimson Tide’s bats were silent in both tilts.
Poste and her crew, who now are 13-6 on the season, will be awaiting word this week of their seeding and first round opponent in the opening round of the MIAA state tournament. The Lady Crimson Tide most likely will have a home game for the tourney opener.