Lady Crimson Tide qualify for tourney; enjoy Senior Night
The Everett High softball team enjoyed a successful Senior Night last Friday with an exciting, walk-off, 7-6 victory over archrival Malden.
Prior to the first pitch, the team’s players who are members of the EHS Class of 2018 were honored for their contributions to the Lady Crimson Tide softball program.
Those seniors (and the schools they will be attending and their intended course of study) are: Captain Kloey Cardillo, High Point University in North Carolina, Actuarial Sciences; Izzy Bourouis, UMass-Boston, Nursing; Kiana Wilkerson, Pine Manor College, Health Science; Tiffany Quintanilla, Mass-Dartmouth, Accelerated Law; Madison Cifra, UMass-Amherst, Math; Alexis Castiglieo, Bridgewater State University, Criminal Justice; and Alexia Bartolomeo, UMass-Lowerll, Biology.
Everett grabbed a 2-0 lead in the third when Cardillo singled, Maddy Smith reached on an error, and Maddie Duraes tripled. Though Smith was thrown out at the plate, Duraes scored on a base hit by Bourouis.
Malden finally got on the board in the fifth with a single run, but the Lady Crimson Tide responded with a pair of markers in its half of the inning. Base hits by Smith and Bourouis and a walk to Kaylee Nearen loaded the bases. An error on a ball hit to second base by Ariana Garay allowed Smith and Bourouis to score.
However, the visiting Lady Golden Tornadoes refused to quit, scoring four runs in the sixth to tie the game at 5-5 and then pushing across a solo tally in the seventh to take the lead for the first time in the game, 6-5.
That set the stage for a dramatic bottom of the seventh. With one out, Garay drew a base-on-balls. After Lexi Bartolomeo singled into the outfield, Veronica Bento sacrifice-bunted both runners over a base.
That brought up Kiana Wilkerson, who smacked a clutch, two-out double to bring in both teammates for the walk-off victory.
Garay pitched all seven innings, allowing six earned runs on eight hits, while fanning six enemy hitters and walking two.
“It was Senior Night and the girls were excited,” said EHS head coach Stacy Poste. “We knew that Malden was beatable, since we had beaten them previously this season.
“However, we told our girls not to take them lightly,” added Poste. “We had a hard time hitting the Malden pitcher because we were not being patient at the plate. Kiana Wilkerson had been hitting well this game and did what she needed to do to get those runs in.
“It was a great win for the seniors to be home and win in front of their fans,” Poste continued. “This may be their last home game if we don’t get a home game in the tourney. The last two years we have missed tournament play by two games. We had the same record of 8-12. Making the tournament has been a goal of the team since Day 1 this year. The weather this season has not been cooperative and we spent more time indoors practicing than outdoors. We have been fortunate that we have two hitting cages to do hitting drills and use the pitching machine to adjust to faster pitchers when we faced them. Jen Nigro (assistant coach) and I are so proud that these girls have come together to achieve the team’s goal.”
The Lady Crimson punched their ticket for a Journey to the Tourney the week before with a pair of victories over Somerville (win number nine) and Mt. Alvernia (win number 10).
In the 15-1 triumph over Somerville that ended after five innings because of the Mercy Rule, Nearen blasted a grand slam in the second inning that powered a six-run rally for a 7-0 Everett lead.
The Lady Crimson Tide added three more in the third that was keyed by a two-run round-tripper by Wilkerson. A base hit by Smith that scored Cardillo, who had singled, accounted for the third Everett run of the inning.
The Lady Crimson Tide added five more runs in the fourth, thanks to wildness by the Somerville pitching.
Gary went all five innings for Everett, allowing just six hits and the one run.
The contest with Mt. Alvernia likewise was a Mercy Rule affair by a count of 20-3.
Smith, Nearen, and Veronica Bento all delivered two-run doubles as the Lady Crimson Tide built an 11-0 advantage after three innings.
Nearer came through with her second two-run double of the game in the fifth to highlight an Everett rally that put the game away.
Gary tossed all five frames, allowing three runs on six his.
“The girls know what it takes to win and they are determined,” said Poste. “This group has great chemistry and it is nice to see them picking each other up after an error. We have one game left and would like to win it in order to get a better seeding in the tourney with a 12-8 record.”
That season finale is set for Friday at Latin Academy.
Souffrance, Cardinale wins medals at state meet
Everett High track star Harchdy Souffrance brought home a pair of medals at Monday’s Eastern Mass. Division 1 State Meet that was held at Andover High School.
Harchdy took fourth place in the triple jump with a final landing of 44′-3.25″ and grabbed a fifth place ribbon in the long jump with a leap of 22′-4.5″. Souffrance accounted for all nine of the Crimson Tide’s points on the day.
Harchdy also anchored the Everett 4 x 100 relay team that finished in 19th place in a time of 46.34 with teammates Jason Maitre, Tyrese Baptiste, and Mike Sainristil.
Other members of the Crimson Tide boys’ squad who competed at the State Meet were Widman Laterion in the 200 dash (24th place in a clocking of 24.20) and David Zorilla in the long jump (23rd place with a leap of 18′-10″).
On the girls’ side, Carolann Cardinale earned a sixth place medal in the javelin with a throw of 104′-3″. Teammate Cyara Lambert also competed in the javelin, tossing the spear 88′-1″.
Lambert anchored the Lady Crimson Tide 4 x 100 quartet of Shakira Fedna, Jessica Santos, and Victoria Chaparro that came across the line in a time of 53.85, good for 23rd place overall.