The Everett High softball team parlayed a strong pitching performance by Sydnee Bessler and wielded some heavy lumber to cruise to a runaway 17-2 victory over Somerville last week.
Bessler went all the way in the pitching circle, fanning 11 enemy batters and yielding just three hits and no earned runs in the route-going seven innings.
The Lady Crimson Tide grabbed an early 2-0 lead in the second inning. Talia Riccioli walked, stole second and third, and then scored the first of many Everett runs on the day thanks to a double by Mariana McCarthy. After Mariana moved to third on a passed ball, a sacrifice fly by Sophia Marchant made it a 2-0 ballgame.
Everett tacked on four more tallies in the third with some big hitting. Sydnee Bessler opened the fireworks with a home run through the gap between center and left fields. Riccioli followed with a hit and stole second. McCarthy then delivered a triple to bring in Talia and a base hit by Erica Ginepra brought in Mariana. Another Everett three-bagger, this time by Marchant, scored Ginepra for a 6-0 Everett advantage.
A solo tally in the fourth upped the count to 7-0 when yet another triple, this one by Nicole Sylvester, and a ground out by Sydnee Bessler produced the marker. In the fifth, Hailey Powers, who had walked, scored on a base hit by Samantha Uga to up the count to 8-0.
A series of errors by Somerville and an RBI base hit by Marchant in the sixth brought the Everett lead into double figures, 11-0. The Lady Crimson Tide continued the onslaught in the seventh with six more runs. Key hits were delivered by Diana Concannon with an RBI hit, Talia Mirra with an RBI double, and Sylvester with a two-run triple.
Somerville broke through for a pair of unearned runs in the bottom of the seventh to ruin Bessler’s shutout bid.
The final box score showed that the big hitters for Everett included Sophia Marchant (3-for-4 with three RBI), Mariana McCarthy (3-for-4 with four RBI), Nicole Bessler with a pair of triples, and Sydnee Bessler with a home run and two RBI.
The Somerville victory was sandwiched between a pair of losses to Medford and Winthrop. In a 2-0 defeat to Medford, in which Sydnee Bessler tossed a strong three-hitter, both Medford runs were unearned. Sydnee also pitched well (14 strikeouts) in a 7-0 loss to Winthrop on Friday in which the score was deadlocked at 0-0 after four frames. However, some costly Everett miscues in the fifth opened the way for Winthrop to claim the victory.
“It is frustrating to see the errors that allow our opponents to get on base and end up scoring,” said EHS head coach Stacy Poste. “This has happened to us so many times this year. And again, there was a lack of hitting to produce runs.”
The Lady Crimson Tide host Malden today (Wednesday), entertain Marblehead tomorrow, and trek to Medford next Wednesday.
Crimson Tide trackmen run past Medford, 97-33
The Everett High boys outdoor track team claimed a commanding 97-33 victory over Medford last week.
Leading the way for the Crimson Tide with first place finishes in two events was Lucas Tejada, who took first in the 200 meter dash with a time of 25.1 and in the long jump with his running leap of 16′-7″.
Other Crimson Tide tricksters who claimed first place in their specialties were: Shea Kernan in the two mile run in 11:53.7; Raphen Vidal in the 800 in 2:12.9; Edwin Gonzalez in the 400 meter dash in 56.7; Edgardo Escamilla in the mile in 5:24; Irvin Dorsainvil with a shotput throw of 38′-7.5″; Jason Hanson with a triple jump of 32′-0″; and Darren Portillo with a discus toss of 90′-3″. The EHS 4 x 100 relay squad also won its race in a clocking of 47.9.
Second place finishers for Everett were: Fritzbert Jonathas in the 800 in 2:19.5 and in the 200 dash in 25.8; Alex Burgos in the mile in 5:43; Carlos Acevedo in the 400 dash in 57.6; Stephen Carlin in the 100 high hurdles in 19.2; Janias Jean-Louis in the two mile in 13:14; Marlon Flores-Panagua in the 400 hurdles in 74.0; Darren Portillo with a shotput heave of 34′-2″; Edwin Gonzalez with a long jump of 16′-2.5″; Denny Le with a triple jump of 29′-10″; Raphen Vidal with a high jump of 5′-1″; and Javan Mortel with a discus throw of 73′-2″.
Crimson Tide boys who earned a point for the Everett side of the scoresheet with their third place efforts were: Alex Andre in the two mile run in 13:23.4; Ilias Djebari in the 400 hurdles in 77.7 and the 100 hurdles in 21.3; Leandro Soto in the 100 dash in 12.6; Nhat Kieu in the 800 in 3:29.7; Jason Hanson in the 400 dash in 60.4; Denny Le in the mile in 5:48.5; Jose Innocent in the 200 dash in 27.0 and the high jump with a leap of 5′-1″; Irvin Dorsainvil with a discus throw of 59′-1″; and Bryan Whitney with a javelin toss of 82′-6″.
“We had a nice race from senior Lucas Tejada in the 200 meter dash,” said EHS head coach Shelanda Irish. “He ran a personal record (PR) and he’s our top sprinter in this event for us. He has really stepped up for us this season and he’s also a member of our varsity 4 x 100.
“Raphen Vidal had a nice race in the half mile as well,” added Irish. “He was in the lead from the beginning and led the pack and ran about the same time that he did last week at the Sunset Invitational. I’m hoping he will run another PR at the GBL championships Wednesday since he will have a lot of other competitors running his time. Raphen also PR’d in the high jump with a jump of 5′-6”.
“Irvin Dorsainvil and Darren Portillo have continued to do very well in their throwing events,” added Irish.
The EHS boys’ next race is the GBL Championships today (Wednesday) in Somerville. Some of the team members will compete Saturday at the Division I State Relays in Andover.
Girls track team rolls past Medford
The Everett High girls outdoor track team received a number of fine performances in the team’s meet with Medford last week to earn a 77-53 triumph over the Lady Mustangs.
Annie Pierreville won two events for the Lady Crimson Tide, taking the shotput with a toss of 26′-6″ and the discus with a throw of 79′-7″.
Other Everett girls who took first place in their events were Jasmine Harding with a triple jump of 4′-11″; Djenny Lorjuste in the 200 dash in a time of 28.5; and Kayla Mangan in the two mile run in a clocking of 15:05. The Everett 4 x 100 relay team also won its race in a time of 54.2.
What proved the difference for the Lady Crimson Tide was the large number of second-place finishers, 12 altogether, each of which placed three points into the scorebook for Everett. They were led by a trifecta from Debra Matthias in the 400 hurdles in 81.9, the shotput with a toss of 24′-2″ and the discus with a twirl of 63′-1″; Vesna Ismirovic in the 100 high hurdles in 20.2; Megan Eugene in the 100 dash in 14.2; Caitlin Winsor in the 800 in 3:32.5; Chrystal Ducheine in the 400 dash in 69.8; Michelle Rodriguez in the mile in 7:26; Sabrina Moreta in the 200 dash in 29.4; Lorjuste with a long jump of 13′-11″; Jalissa Harding with a triple jump of 24′-10″; and Amber Whitney with a javelin toss of 55′-0″.
The Lady Crimson Tide who finished in third place in their events and who helped push Everett over the top for the victory were: Ismirovic in the 400 hurdles in 88.3; Manai Riadi in the two mile in 19:52; Sheryl Steeves in the 100 dash in 14.9; Patsy Arrechea in the 800 in 3:46.2; Briana Guttierez in the 400 dash in 74.8; Prima Prajapati in the mile in 7:26; Laurynns Joseph in the 200 dash in 29.7; Meghan Eugene with a long jump of 13′-5″; Sabrina Moreta with a high jump of 4′-4″; Amber Whitney with a discus toss of 55′-7″; and Mainsa Millren with a javelin throw of 53′-5″.
“We switched Kayla Mangan to the two mile at the last minute and she did a great job easily beating the Medford girl,” said EHS head coach Shelanda Irish. “We kept both Michelle Rodriguez and Priana Prajapati in the mile and they both set personal records.”
The Lady Crimson Tide will compete in the Greater Boston League Meet today (Wednesday) and some girls will compete in the State Relays Saturday..