With their scheduled season-opener with Marblehead canceled this past Monday because Glendale Park is not in playable condition, the Everett High baseball team will set its sails for Saugus on Friday to get their 2014 campaign underway.
“We’re eager to get going,” said EHS head coach Joe Lento. “We want to put the bad weather behind us and play some baseball.”
The Crimson Tide managed to get outdoors last week after a couple of weeks of forced indoor work and played a pair of scrimmages against Newton South and Lynnfield.
“We finally got a chance to evaluate everyone and begin to figure out where people will play,” said Lento, who noted that he was pleased with his team’s performance in the pre-season contests. “We did a lot of good things in the scrimmages and showed signs of what we are capable of doing. In addition, our senior captains, Steven Faia, Michael Rossi, and Tommy Woodward, showed the kind of leadership we’re expecting of them.”
Junior Lawrence Falta, a returning Greater Boston League all-star, pitched well in his five innings of work in the two contests. Lento has tabbed Lawrence to be the starting pitcher in Friday’s season-opener.
Lento said he also was pleased with the pitching of Rossi, who will get the starting assignment the following day (Saturday morning) when the Crimson Tide will play at Marblehead. Faia and junior P.J. Mulligan will be Everett’s other primary pitchers.
“We have a lot of young players, especially in our outfield, but we’re going in the right direction,” said Lento. “The team has a great attitude and is working hard every day.”
After the games Friday vs. Saugus and Saturday vs. Marblehead, both of which are non-league foes, the Crimson Tide will play at GBL rivals Somerville on Monday and Cambridge on Wednesday.
EHS softball team defeats Swampscott
Sydnee Bessler pitched seven shutout innings, allowing just three hits while striking out 15 opposing hitters and walking none, to lead the Everett High softball team to a 4-0 victory over Swampscott Monday.
Bessler, a junior, gave herself all of the support she would need when she scored the first run of the contest in the opening inning. After Sydnee singled with two out, Talia Mirra followed with another base hit, moving Bessler to second. When Nicole Sylvester singled into right field, EHS head coach Stacy Poste sent Bessler home and Sydnee slid under the tag to make it 1-0.
“I took a gamble sending her, but knew she would be aggressive and with her speed, I did not want to hold the only chance we would have to score that inning,” said Poste.
Everett added to its advantage with two markers in the second frame thanks to a two-out, two-run triple by Sophia Marchant. The inning began with Adriana Maiani drawing a lead-off walk and moving to second on a sacrifice bunt by Samantha Uga. Another base on balls to sophomore Erica Ginepra and a fielder’s choice by Talia Riccioli (that erased Maiani from the basepaths), Marchant came through with her big triple.
Everett added to its lead with another solo marker in the third frame. Nicole Bessler doubled and Uga sac bunted her to third. Mariana McCarthy then singled up the middle, bringing in Bessler.
“This was a bittersweet win for us,” said Poste. “A lot happened to the girls before and during this game. We had one player decide to work instead of play this season and left the team. Our first baseman, Halley Powers, ended up at the hospital with an injury and our catcher just lost a grandfather but wanted to play. There was a lot going on with this game, but the girls really worked together and supported one another. It was nice to see them pick each other up. Junior Talia Mirra changed positions from third base and played first base for the game. She did a great job by stepping it up as a leader and made the plays when they were needed.”
Last Friday the Lady Crimson Tide dropped their season-opener to Methuen, 8-0. Everett had been able to play outside only one day prior to the game and the lack of real play-time showed.
“It’s hard to get ready for the season when you cannot get outside to play in game conditions,” said Poste. “We were inside the old field house and both baseball and we could get only one hour of practice time each day.”
Everett managed just two hits on the day, those coming from junior catcher Nicole Sylvester and the designated player, junior Mariana McCarthy.
In the pitching department, Mirra started and went two innings, allowing five hits and three earned runs. Sydnee Bessler hurled the remainder of the contest, yielding four hits and two earned runs, fanning seven and walking one.
With Glendale Park not ready for play, the Lady Crimson Tide will host Latin Academy at the Lafayette field at 4:00 today (Wednesday). They will travel to Somerville on Monday and to Cambridge Wednesday.
EHS boys and girls track teams top Chelsea
The Everett High boys and girls track teams defeated Chelsea last Friday, with the girls winning by a score of 73-61 and the boys by a score of 78-58.
Vesna Ismirovic and Djenny Lorjuste were double winners for the Lady Crimson Tide. Vesna captured the 400 low hurdles in a clocking of 1:29.4 and the 100 high hurdles in 20.89, while Djenny sped to victory in the 200 dash in 29.25 and outdistanced the field in the high jump with her leap of 14′-9.5″.
Another highlight of the meet for the girls was the shotput throw of Annie Pierreville, who set a new EHS school record with her toss of 26′-0″.
Other first place finishers for the Everett girls were: Kayla Mangan in the mile in 7:00; Savannah Spinney in the discus with a toss of 29′-.25″; Jessica Pereira with a javelin throw of 54′-0″; Sabrina Moreta with a high jump of 4′-2″; and Jasmine Harding with a triple jump of 26′-4.5″.
Second place finishers for Everett were Laurynns Joseph in the 400 dash in 1:13.5; Sabrina Moreta in the 100 dash in 13.91; Deborah Iniesta-Lahiane with a discus throw of 70′-11″; Deborah Iniesta-Lahiane with a javelin toss of 53′-5″; Andeline Laterion with a high jump of 4′-2″; and Jalissa Harding with a triple jump of 25′-3″.
Adding single points for third place finishes were: Moreta in the 200 dash in 31.0; Caitlyn Winsor with a javelin throw of 48′-3″; Jalissa Harding with a high jump of 4′-0″; Megan Eugene with a long jump of 13′-5″; Jessica Pereira with a triple jump of 24′-7″.
On the boys’ side, Lorentz Etienne was a double-winner, taking the 200 dash in 25.5 and the long jump with a leap of 19′-5.5″. Lorentz also earned a third place in the 100 dash with a sprint of 12.56.
Everett swept a number of events: In the 800, Raphen Vidal (2:17), Tuan Vo (2:22), and Jason Vo (2:30); in the discus, Hassan Harris (91′-9″), Darren Portillo (79′-0″), and Javon Mortel (72′-10″); in the shotput, Irvin Dorsanivil (34′- 6.5″), Darren Portillo (31′-2″), and Javon Mortel (29′-2″); and in the long jump, Lorentz Etienne (19′-5.5″), Lucas Tejada (17′-3″), and Edwin Gonzalez (15′-0″).
First place finishes also were earned by: Shea Kernan in the two-mile run in 11:59; Jamal Jeanty in the 100 dash in 12.06; and Eric Senibaldi in the 400 meter dash.
The Crimson Tide also won both relays, the 4 x 100 quartet of Leandro Soto, Edwin Gonzalez, Lucas Tejada, and Felipe Andrade Hernandez in 49.8 and the 4 x 400 foursome of Jason Hansen, Edwin Gonzalez, Felipe Andrade Hernandez and Eric Senibaldi in 3:58.
Other point scorers for Everett were: Marlon Flores-Paniagua in the 400 hurdles with a third in 1:13.3; Ilias Djebari with a third in the 100 high hurdles in 21.8; Edgardo Escamilla (second in 5:35) and Fritzbert Jonathas (third in 5:54) in the mile; Carlos Acevedo Hernandez second in the 200 dash in 25.9; Jason Hansen with third in the triple jump in 33′-4″; and Jose Innocent with a third in the high jump with a leap of 5′-2.5″.
“We knew going into the Chelsea meet that it was going to be a competitive meet for the boys and girls,” said EHS head coach Shelanda Irish. “We scored a lot of points in our field events. Vesna had a great day winning both hurdle races. All of our girl triple jumpers competed for the first time and we swept the event. Raphen Vidal looked great in his first race of the season. The kids were excited to compete against Chelsea and they all did a great job in their events.”
In their season-opener two days earlier last Wednesday against Somerville, both the girls and boys teams turned in some impressive performances.
For the girls, Imsirovic captured the 100 high hurdles in 20.4; the 4 x 100 team of Djenny Lorjuste, Chrystel Ducheine, Sheryl Steeves and Megan
Eugene came home in first in 56.0; and Sabrina Moreta took first in the 200 dash in 28.7.
Other point scorers for Everett were: 400 low hurdles, Vesna Imsirovic, 1:31.5 (third); 100 dash, Megan Eugene 14.1 (third); mile, Kayla Mangan, 6:55.9 (third);
200 dash, Djenny Lorjust second (29.0); long jump Megan Eugene, 13′-11″ (third); high jump, Jalissa Harding, 4’4″ (second) and Sabrina Moreta, 4’4″ (third); and discus, Savannah Spinney, 73’3″.
On the boys’ side, Lorentz Etienne took first in the long jump with his jump of 19’0″. Other scorers for Everett were: Etienne in the 100 dash in 12.6 (third); Tuan Vo in the 800 in 2:19.7 (third); Eric Senibaldi in the 400 in 56.1 (third); Edgardo Escamilla in the mile in 5:37.6 (third); Jamaal Jeanty in the 200 in 24.0 (third); in the shotput, Irvin Dorsainvil (second) with a toss of 37’4″ and Felipe Andrade (third) with a throw of 36’11”; Jose Innocent with a high jump of 5’0″ (third); Irvin Dorsainvil with a discus twirl of 76’7″ (third); and Tom Wolfe with a javelin throw of 75’5″ (third).
“We got a lot of third places on both the boys and girls side for this season opener,” said Irish. ” With this being the first meet of the season it was good to see where our kids are at individually and what events we could potentially get more points in looking ahead at the rest of the season. Many of our returning spring track athletes scored for us at this meet, but we had a few newcomers be able to place for the team.
“Jalissa Harding has been working really hard in the high jump and for her to be able to score for us was great and a good confidence booster,” continued the coach. “Savannah Spinney had a strong showing for us in her first meet throwing the discus. Edgardo was competitive in his race and being able to score in the mile against this team who is usually strong in the mile was a nice achievement. The girls relay had a great time for the first meet of the season. They need to run a 55.5 to qualify for the state meet so they are very close.”
Both the boys and girls track teams were set to compete at Cambridge today (Wednesday).