Hennessey tosses complete game in 8-3 EHS victory
Sophomore Jason Hennessey earned his first “W” for the Everett High baseball team with a complete-game effort in an 8-3 victory at Methuen Monday afternoon.
Hennessey allowed just seven hits over the seven-inning route, fanning three and walking only one. “Jason was superb for us,” said EHS head coach Joe Lento.
John Uga led an offensive barrage by his teammates with three hits and three RBI. A number of Crimson Tide had two-hit games, including Chris Boucher, Bryan Bressler, Evan Reynolds, and Monty Mack.
After Methuen grabbed a 1-0 in the bottom of the first, Everett exploded for five runs in the third, all of which came with two outs. The speedy Jalil Marinez, Everett’s lead-off man, started the rally inauspiciously with an infield hit. Bessler followed with a single and Uga came through with another safety, scoring Marinez.
Jochy Liriano then delivered a two-RBI double, Ken DeLorey singled to bring in Jochy, and Reynolds belted another two-bagger to send DeLorey homeward for the fifth run of the frame.
The five-run outburst provided Hennessey with more than enough runs, though his teammates provided added insurance with two more markers in the fourth and a solo tally in the seventh.
In the fourth, Marc Faia and Marinez walked and were moved along by a sacrifice by Bessler. Uga then came through with a clutch hit to bring in both teammates.
Methuen struck for two runs in the fifth, but the Tide got one back in the seventh. DeLorey singled and stole second, but was thrown out at the plate on a hit by Mack. However, Monty took second on the throw home, advanced to third on a wild pitch, and then scored on a wind-blown pop-up by Boucher that was misplayed by the Methuen infield.
The Everett triumph came on the heels of an opening-day, 5-2 loss to Lowell Sunday. “We played well in the Lowell game against a team that is ranked in the top 20 in the state,” said Lento. “Considering that this was our first game of the year and that we had been inside for the entire week beforehand because of the weather, the team exceeded my expectations.”
Liriano started and went the first four innings. Boucher came on in the fifth and threw two shutout frames. At the plate, Everett managed just four base hits.
Lento and his crew open their Greater Boston League schedule today (Wednesday) when they host Malden. They are set to entertain Haverhill Friday and will travel to Bishop Fenwick Tuesday.