EHS softball team posts two victories
The Everett High softball team posted a pair of victories over Northeastern Conference rivals this past week.
Last Wednesday the Lady Crimson Tide dispatched Lynn English, 16-0, in a contest that was stopped after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Ariana Garay went all the way for Everett in the pitcher’s circle, allowing just one hit over the five innings, while striking out five opponents and walking only one.
The Lady Crimson Tide took a 2-0 lead in the second inning, the key hit coming off the bat of Maddy Duraes that drove in teammates Macayla Bessler and Ashley Fitzgerald.
The Lady Crimson Tide then exploded for eight runs in the following inning. A double by Veronica Bento drove in two runs, Maddy Smith doubled with the bases loaded for another pair of ribbies, and Kaylee Nearen completed the rally with a three-run homer, leaving matters at 10-0 after three.
Duraes drove in a run with a base hit in the fourth to up the count to 11-0. In the fifth, the Lady Crimson applied the coup de grace with a five run uprising. A triple by Nearen that scored Maddy Smith (who had walked), a two-run homer by Bento, and an RBI base hit by Duraes accounted for the damage.
Last Monday the Lady Crimson Tide had a bit of a tussle, but prevailed by a score of 6-3 at Somerville.
Garay started and went six strong innings, yielding two earned runs on just four hits, while fanning three and allowing only one walk. Celeste Fuccillo came in for the seventh and earned the save, striking out two opponents.
Everett moved out to a 2-0 lead in the second. Duraes led off with a base hit. A sacrifice bunt by Haley Oteri turned into a first-and-third situation for Everett when Oteri was safe because Somerville did not cover first and the alert Duraes took advantage of the confusion and scooted to third.
Maddy D. scored on a ground out by Maddy Smith and a triple by Bento brought around Oteri.
The pitchers reigned supreme for the next few innings until the Lady Crimson Tide broke through again in the sixth. Three base hits by Maddy S., Bento, and Garay produced one run and Bento came across on a ground out. Garay made it 5-0 when she scored on a base hit by Fitzgerald.
However, the seemingly-safe Everett lead became precarious when a few Somerville hits and an Everett error produced three runs in the bottom of the sixth. The Lady Crimson Tide added another insurance marker in the top of the seventh when Smith reached first on error and scored on a triple by Nearen and then Fuccillo came on in the final frame to squelch any hopes of a Somerville comeback and earn the save.
“This was not our best game,” EHS head coach Stacy Poste-Schiavo said. “We didn’t hit the way we know how to and played very complacently. We told the girls we can’t get like that. We need to play with the same intensity we have played with against other teams that we have rivalries with.”
The lone setback for the Lady Crimson Tide came with a 7-3 loss to undefeated Lynn Classical, perennially one of the top programs in the NEC. After spotting Classical a 1-0 lead in the opening inning, Everett scored two runs in the second. Smith accounted for one run when she singled, moved to second on a bunt by Bento (who also was safe), and scored when she stole third and advanced on an error by the Classical catcher. Bento moved around the bases and scored on another Classical error.
Everett added to its lead in the third when Duraes singled, took second on a passed ball, and scored on a base hit by Nearen. However, that would prove to be the Lady Crimson’s apogee for the day. Classical struck for five runs in the fourth, aided by some Everett miscues in the field, and tacked on a solo run in the sixth.
Fuccillo handled the pitching chores, fanning three, walking two, and allowing five earned runs in her six innings in the circle.
“Every game we seem to have one bad inning where we allow runners on and make errors, allowing teams to beat us,” said Poste-Schiavo. “Celeste did an amazing job on the mound, but we fell short on offense when we got players into scoring positions, but could not bring them in.”
The Lady Crimson Tide have a busy week on tap because of the many rainouts that not only have backed-up games, but also forced the team inside for practices. They were set to play at Malden this past Monday and at Salem yesterday (Tuesday). They will host Medford this afternoon (Wednesday) at Glendale and then entertain Waltham on Friday at Glendale.
They will trek to Greater Lawrence next Tuesday.
EHS track teams fare well at NEC meet
The Everett High girls and boys outdoor track and field teams enjoyed great success at Saturday’s Northeastern Conference Meet held at Peabody High.
On the girls’ side, the top Lady Crimson Tide performance came from the 4 x100 quartet of Piper Baker, Victoria Chaparro, Cyara Lambert, and Lucia Seide, who finished in second place among the 16 NEC schools. Their time of 52.69 was just .10 behind the first place team.
The 4 x 400 foursome of Rejeana Guillaume, Dajana Tadic, Baker, and Sthefany Luna also earned a medal with their seventh place finish in a clocking of 4:50.58.
The Lady Crimson Tide also received a number of fine individual performances. Chaparro led the list with her third-place finish in the 200 dash in 27.59. Lambert also medaled in an individual event, taking fifth place in the javelin with a throw off 92’-8”, which was good for fifth place.
Seide took home an individual medal in her specialty, the 100 dash, finishing in fifth place with a sprint of 13.32. Kira Gray grabbed a medal for her seventh place performance in the shot put with a throw of 29’-1”.
“Captain Victoria Chaparro had an amazing day, running a personal best in the 200, placing third overall, and running the second leg of the girls second place finish in the 4 x 100,” said EHS head coach Jehu Cimea. “Captain Cyara Lambert had a great day in the javelin, throwing a personal best of 92’-8” for a fifth place finish. She also ran an amazing leg in the 4 x 100.
“Lucia Seide had a great day as well, placing fifth in the 100 and helping the girls 4 x 100 to a second place finish,” Cimea added. “Overall the girls had a great day and they’re looking forward for the State Division I meet on Saturday.”
For the EHS boys, Mac Shillingford turned in a superb performance to finish in second place in the 400 dash with a clocking of 52.89, closely behind the first-place time of 51.71.
Ryan Vu and Clarence Jules both earned medals for their sixth-place finishes in the triple jump and 100 dash respectively. Ryan landed with a distance of 41’-6.25” in the triple jump and Clarence sped the 100 meters in 11.74 in a race in which the top six sprinters were separated by just .51 of a second.
Brandon Previlon scored a medal with his seventh place effort in the 400 hurdles in 1:01.66.
The 4 x 400 relay quartet of Brandon Previlon, Jason Louis, Shillingford, and Eduardo Chaparro brought home a third place medal in a clocking of 3:39.59.
“Mac Shillingford was the boys’ top performer, placing second in the 400 with a personal best and running the third leg of the 3rd place 4×4,” said Cimea. “Ryan Vu had a good day in the triple jump, placing sixth overall and jumping a personal best as well. Clarence Jules had a sixth-place finish in the 100 and Brandon Previlon just keeps getting better, placing seventh in the 400 hurdles and running a personal best as well,” Cimea continued. “The boys 4×4 ran an amazing relay, finishing third with a personal team-best in that event. Just like the girls, the boys are looking forward to States this Saturday.
“This meet saw a lot of PRs for the team. The motto for this meet was, ‘Leave Everything on the Track,’ and that’s what they did,” Cimea added. “Overall the team did an amazing job. I am so proud of how they competed. They went out and finished the season strong in their last event in this conference.”