Bessler pitches a perfect game
EHS softball hosts Fenwick in tourney opener
The Everett High softball team will open play in the North Sectional of the MIAA Division 1 softball state tournament when the Lady Crimson Tide host Bishop Fenwick today (Wednesday) on the softball diamond at Glendale Park. The first pitch is set for 4:00.
Everett is the 15th seed in the 25-team North Sectional, having finished the regular season with a 12-8 record. Fenwick is the 18th seed and compiled an 11-9 mark.
The Lady Crimson Tide prepped for the tourney with a pair of convincing wins last week to conclude their regular season. In a 10-0 triumph at Winchester Wednesday, EHS senior pitcher Sydney Bessler tossed a three-hitter with nine strikeouts. However, that outstanding performance by Sydney paled in comparison to what she accomplished the following day at Swampcott when she spun a perfect game in another 10-0 victory for the Lady Crimson Tide. Sydney fanned 11 enemy batters en route to racking up her ninth shutout of the season against a quality Swampscott squad that was one of the top teams in the Northeastern Conference this season, including a victory over league champion Revere and its NEC MVP pitcher, Sabrina Palermo.
“These were great wins for our tourney seeding,” said EHS head coach Stacy Poste. “The girls all hit like we know they can and their confidence was seen throughout the games.”
As for Bessler’s perfect no-no, “Around the fourth inning, I could hear a few girls talking about how Sydnee had a perfect game so far and they wanted to make sure she got it,” said Poste. “Everyone made the plays when the ball was put into play. The last inning, Sydnee struck out the first batter, followed by a catch by Erica Ginepra at second, and the last at-bat was a high pop-up and I could see Sydnee and Talia Mirra (third) look at each other and finally Talia called for it and made the catch.
“It was nice that Sydnee got this perfect game,” added Poste, whose Lady Crimson Tide dropped a 1-0 decision to Swampscott in their first meeting earlier this season. “She and (catcher) Nicole Sylvester have been working hard as our battery, but we haven’t been supporting them on offense. This game proved the girls could do both.”
In the hitting department in the two contests, Samantha Uga led the way against Winchester with three RBI. Mirra and Bessler also came through with RBI hits against Winchester, which aided the Everett cause with a number of fielding miscues throughout the game.
In the Swampscott triumph, the Lady Crimson Tide exploded for four runs in the top of the first to give Bessler all the support she would need. After Uga doubled and Sophia Marchant sac-bunted Samantha to third, Mirra doubled to bring in Uga. A base hit by Sylvester and a sac bunt by Bessler put runners at second and third. Talia Riccioli then reached on an error, allowing Mirra to score, and Sylvester came around on a single by Hailey Powers.
“This was the first game that the girls came out hitting all season,” said Poste. “It was nice to take a 4-0 lead for a change. The girls’ spirits stayed up the entire game.”
Riccioli made it a 5-0 contest with a solo home run over the left field fence in the third. Everett then tacked on three more runs in the fourth. Mariana McCarthy singled and, after advancing to second on a sac bunt by Erica Ginepra, came across the plate on a base hit by Marchant. After Mirra singled, Sylvester delivered a big double that scored Marchant for a 7-0 Everett bulge.
In the fifth, a base hit by Ginepra brought in Powers, who had singled, and an error on a ball hit by Marchant allowed McCarthy (who had reached on a fielder’s choice) to score to make it 9-0. The 10th Everett win came in the seventh when Powers doubled, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a sac fly by Uga.
If Everett beats Fenwick today, the Lady Crimson Tide next will take on the number two seed, 17-3 Methuen, on a date and time to be announced.
EHS students enjoy a crossfit session
Everett High School (EHS) health education students enjoyed a presentation and demonstration by the trainers of CrossFit Route One. Twenty students from all grade levels participated in an actual CrossFit workout, which challenged them mentally and physically. The CrossFit program utilizes several strength and conditioning techniques, including aerobic exercise, body weight exercises, and weightlifting.
The workout was followed by a presentation on nutrition, with a focus on how healthy foods affect our body in a positive way. It was a huge success as students learned a new outlook on nutrition and fitness. EHS faculty members Jason Lawrence, Margaret Barner and Nick Nuzzolo, who all work out at Cross Fit gyms, participated in this workshop, serving as healthy role models for EHS students.
EHS baseball team
plays at Peabody
today in tourney opener
The Everett High baseball team will open play in the North Sectional of the MIAA Division 1 baseball tournament when the Crimson Tide travel to Peabody tomorrow (Thursday) at 4:00 for a first round contest. Coach Joe Lento’s Crimson Tide enter the tourney as the 14th seed (of 14 teams) in the D-1 North with a 10-10 record. Peabody is the number three seed with a 17-5 mark.
This has been an up-and-down season for Lento’s squad, ever since they were forced to overcome a long delay in getting to play outside because of the vast amount of snow that covered Glendale Park until mid-April. The Crimson Tide have shown themselves to be capable of beating anybody they face — and equally capable of coming up short against foes that on paper are weaker.
Peabody (a former, long-time Greater Boston League foe which now plays in the Northeastern Conference) and Everett have faced many common opponents this season thanks to Everett’s NEC-heavy schedule. In addition, the Crimson Tide played in the Peabody Memorial Day tourney. Although the two teams did not get together, the results of their common foes from the tourney show that Everett clearly has the ability to beat the Tanners.
Everett defeated Andover, 6-2, in the tourney opener, and the following day in the consolation game, Andover racked Peabody,15-5. Peabody had lost to Bishop Fenwick 4-1, in its tourney opener, and though Everett dropped the tourney title game to the Bishops, 5-2, the Tide had defeated Fenwick 4-2 earlier in the season.
If Lento and his crew prevail against Peabody, they will play Monday (June 8) at 4:00 at the winner of the Medford vs. Billerica contest.
Deris, Moreta, 4 x100
relays compete at states
Everett High senior Grandhi Deris competed outstandingly in two events at Saturday’s Division 1 State Meet held at Lowell. Grandhi finished in 15th place out of 37 competitors in the long jump with a leap of 20’-10.5”. In the high jump event, Grandhi took 17th place, clearing the bar at 6’-0”.
On the girls’ side, Sabrina Moreta competed in the 200 meter dash and raced across the line in a clocking of 27.71 seconds.
In addition, both the boys and girls 4 x 100 relay teams took part in the meet. The girls’ foursome took 18th place in a time of 52.10, while the boys’ quartet came across in 28th position in 45.90.