EHS softball team tops Somerville, Salem
The Everett High softball team earned a pair of victories over Northeastern Conference rivals in convincing fashion this past week.
This past Friday the Lady Crimson Tide made the long ride to Salem worth the trip with a 21-0 victory that was called after five innings because of the mercy rule.
EHS pitcher Celeste Fuccillo had a no-hitter going into the fifth, but her bid for perfection (Celeste had not issued a walk) ended when she yielded a base hit to Salem’s lead-off hitter.
However, Fuccillo and the Everett defense, which had been flawless throughout the games, abruptly ended the contest when the next Salem batter sac bunted and when the runner tried to get to third, she was thrown out by EHS first baseman Sidney Hennessy.
“Our defense was solid,” said head coach Stacy Poste-Schiavo. “We had five innings with 1-2-3 outs. Celeste threw an amazing game and her teammates backed her up with the defense and offense.”
The Lady Crimson Tide scored early and often from the opening inning. Haley Oteri reached first on a slap base hit and Veronica Bento walked. Maddy Duraes doubled, scoring both teammates, and then stole third, from where she proceeded home on a base hit by Kaylee Nearen.
After Maddy Smith walked and Ariana Garay reached first on an error, the next five Everett batters drew bases on balls. Nearen came up again and singled into the outfield to deliver two more RBI.
After a few more walks, Macayla Bessler singled into the outfield, knocking in two more runs, for a 14-0 Everett lead.
A double by Nearen in the second inning scored Duraes, who had reached on a fielder’s choice, to make it 15-0.
In the fourth, Duraes reached first on an error and moved to second when Nearen was hit by a pitch. A double by Alyssa Bessler scored Duraes and Elizabeth Peach (who was Nearen’s courtesy runner), and Alyssa herself soon came home on a base hit by Macayla Bessler.
After Rachel Zullo and Fuccillo drew walks (with Yalixa Colon coming in as a courtesy runner for Fuccillo), Ashley Yebba reached first on a tag on Zullo by the Salem shortstop.
Bento doubled, knocking in Colon and moving Yebba to third. Duraes singled to bring in Yebba and Nearen’s drive to centerfield was misplayed, allowing Bento and Duraes to score for the 21-0 finale.
Last Tuesday the Lady Crimson Tide dispatched Somerville, 12-1, at Glendale Park.
Ariana Garay turned in a superb performance in the pitcher’s circle, allowing just three hits and an earned run, while fanning four and issuing only one walk over the full seven innings.
The Lady Crimson Tide once again got off to a fast start in the opening inning. Bento drew a walk and moved to second on a dropped fly ball in the outfield that was hit by Duraes.
With runners on first and second, Nearen singled into the outfield, knocking in Bento, and then moved to second on the play at home in which Duraes was called safe.
Maddy Smith bunted Nearen over to third and reached first safely. Garay sac bunted, scoring Nearen and moving Smith to third. With two outs, Peach singled into the outfield to deliver Smith across the plate for a 4-0 Everett lead.
In the third inning, Duraes singled into the outfield and moved to second on a play at first. With two outs, Garay singled into the outfield, knocking in Duraes, to make it 5-0.
The Lady Crimson Tide’s bats went back to work in the fourth. Sidney Hennessey singled into the outfield. Haley Oteri bunted and was able to reach third on two errors, with Hennessey scoring. Oteri then came home on a base hit by Duraes.
Everett added to its advantage in the fifth. After Garay reached on an error, Zullo came in as Ariana’s courtesy runner. Zulu came in as Garay’s courtesy runner. After Zullo reached second on a hit by Peach, a passed ball and a rocket back to the pitcher’s mound by Ashley Fitzgerald allowed Zullo to score from third.
Peach scored on another passed ball and Fitzgerald, who went all the way to third when Somerville failed to cover the base, trotted home on a double by Hennessy to up the count to 10-0.
The visiting Lady Highlanders broke up Garay’s shutout bid with their lone run of the game in the sixth.
After their productive week, Poste-Schiavo and her squad reached 22nd spot in the Boston Herald’s weekly ranking of the top 25 teams in Eastern Mass.
The Lady Crimson Tide are scheduled to make the short trek to Medford today (Wednesday) and will host Peabody on Friday. They will travel to Beverly on Monday and will entertain Revere next Wednesday.
EHS boys track runs past English
The Everett High boys outdoor track & field team earned its first victory of the season with a convincing 89-47 triumph over Lynn Classical last week.
Mac Shillingford was the top scorer for the Crimson Tide with 10 points. Mac took first place in the high jump with a leap of 5’-4” and first in the 200 dash in a clocking of 24.5 seconds.
Ryan Vu was a major contributor, as he has been all season for coach Jehu Cimea’s squad, scoring 9.25 points. Ryan took first in the triple jump (40’-3”), second in the long jump (18’-3.5”, and ran a leg of the winning 4 x 100 relay quartet.
“Captain Ryan Vu had an amazing day in the 4×100, long jump, and his favorite event, the triple jump,” said RHS head coach Jehu Cimea. “Ryan is the heart and soul of the boys track team.”
Mario Sheard contributed eight points to the victory with a first-place effort in the discus (115’-11”) and a second in the javelin (109’).
Djynno Jean led an Everett sweep in the 400 hurdles with his clocking of 1:04.7 and grabbed a third place in the 800 in 2:28.
Chonlee Cine paced another Crimson Tide sweep in the 110 hurdles with his time of 19.1. Chonlee also ran a leg of the winning 4 x 100.
Clarence Jules sprinted to victory in the 100 dash in 11.2 and also anchored the victorious 4 x 100 relay.
Other first-place finishers for Everett were: Javier Chavez in the shot put (36’-11”), Arthur Rosa in the two mile (12:03.9), Mario Rivera in the mile (5:24.9), and Brandon Previlon in the 400 dash (55.8).
In addition to Vu, Jules, and Cine, the fourth member of the winning 4 x 100 relay team was Sammy LaMothe. The quartet defeated their English counterparts by 1.0 with their time of 46.5.
Other second-place finishers for Everett were: Jason Louis in the triple jump (34’-7”) and in the 400 dash (56.0), Fabrice Jacques in the 110 hurdles (20.0), and Justin King in the 400 hurdles (1:07.4).
Adding single points to the Everett tally with third-place efforts were: Mario Portillo in the discus (76’-11”), Eduardo Chaparro in the javelin (108’-9”), Jacob Jackson in the 110 hurdles (21.4), David Matthias in the 400 hurdles (:15.4), and Tony Thang in the two mile (14:12.6).
“The boys’ team had been excited for this meet since coming off the loss to Revere the week before,” noted Cimea. “They knew they could win this meet and they went out and performed to their best.
“Both the boys and girls team are looking forward to facing Salem on Thursday (tomorrow), a meet that both teams can win,” added the coach.
Cardinale, Chaparro win for girls track
Although the Everett High girls outdoor track & field team came up on the short end of an 83-47 decision to Lynn English last week, there were a number of fine performances turned in by members of the Lady Crimson Tide squad.
Carolann Cardinale tossed the javelin 108’-4” to far outdistance the field. “Carolann has been undefeated so far in the javelin,” said EHS head coach Jehu Cimea.
Victoria Chaparro took first place in her specialty, the 200 dash, with a clocking of 28.5 seconds. Victoria also grabbed a point for her third-place effort in the long jump with a leap of 12’-10”.
Rejeana Guillaume grabbed second place in the long jump with a leap of 13’-9.25” and earned third place in the 100 dash in 14.1.
Kira Gray took second place in two of the throwing events, the shot put wth a toss of 25’-5.5” and the discus with a spin of 65’-5”, to score six points on the day.
A number of Lady Crimson Tide finished in second place in their events to contribute three points to the Everett side of the scoresheet: Dajana Tadic in the triple jump (28’-6”), Lakisha Kimon in the 110 hurdles (22.3), Piper Baker in the 100 dash (13.7), Leslye Rojas Rugel in the mile (7:30.5), and Sthefany Luna in the two mile (14:39).
Lyanne Murphy grabbed third spot in two races, the 110 high hurdles (22.4) and the 400 hurdles (1:28.3).
Cyara Lambert also earned third-place points in two events, the 200 dash (29.4) and the javelin (61’-3”).
Additional third-place finishers for Cimea’s squad were Jane Odiari in the 400 dash (1:17.4) and Eduarda Bernardo in the 800 (3:11.8).
The EHS 4 x 100 quartet of Dajana Tadic, Piper Baker, Victoria Chaparro, and Cyara Lambert edged their English counterparts by 1.6 seconds, 54.3-55.9, to remain undefeated for the season.
“Junior captains Carolann Cardinale & Victoria Chaparro and senior captains Sthefany Luna & Cyara Lambert are constantly scoring points for us,” noted Cimea. “Sthefany is our top distance runner, placing in every meet so far this season. These four young ladies are the heart and soul of the girls track team.”
Cimea and his crew are scheduled to meet Salem tomorrow (Thursday).