The Everett High baseball team improved to 8-1 on the season with a pair of victories over Greater Boston League rivals Medford and Somerville this past week. The wins solidified the Crimson Tide’s hold on sole possession of first place in the GBL.
Everett was scheduled to play GBL foe Cambridge yesterday (Tuesday) as this newspaper was going to press, with a victory clinching at least a share of the GBL title as well as an automatic berth in the state tournament.
Last Tuesday’s 8-1 triumph over Medford was a demonstration of Crimson Tide ace hurler Shaun McGrath at his best, as the senior fanned 12 Mustangs in his six innings of shutout work, walking none and allowing just two hits.
“This was the most efficient pitching performance of Shaun’s career,” lauded EHS head coach Joe Marchese, who noted that McGrath threw just 72 pitches, of which 52 were strikes.
Chris DiNapoli came on for the final inning and pitched well, though Medford broke up the Everett shutout bid with an unearned run.
On the offensive front, Everett grabbed a 1-0 lead in the opening inning and then added four markers in the second and three in the fourth to put the game away. The principal damage was done by Matt Cafarella, who had two hits, scored three runs, and stole a base; Matt Costello, who banged out three hits, scored two runs, and drove in two; and Chris McCarthy, who popped a two run homer over the right field fence in the fourth to go along with a walk and a run scored.
Thursday saw Everett engage in a rematch with Somerville which, similar to the teams’ first encounter, was a no-contest affair, as the Crimson Tide rolled to a 17-1 decision that was called after five innings.
DiNapoli went four frames on the mound, allowing just two hits and a run while fanning eight. Joe Saia cleaned up for Everett in the fifth. Cafarella, McCarthy, and Rob DeLuca each had two hits for Everett to and multiple RBI.
After yesterday’s game with Cambridge, Marchese and his crew travel to Marblehead tomorrow (Thursday), host Marblehead Saturday 11:00 at Glendale, and travel to Malden next Tuesday.