EHS baseball team wins three straight
The Everett High baseball team is on a roll. The Crimson Tide are riding a three game winning streak and now stand at 6-6 as they round the midway point of the season.
The last of their trio of victories was a 6-0 blanking of Malden Monday evening under the lights at Glendale Park. The triumph improved Everett to 3-1 in the Greater Boston League, setting the stage for what should be a showdown at Medford for the GBL title next Wednesday.
Sophomore Jalil Marinez went all the way on the mound, yielding just four hits, walking none, and fanning four over the seven inning distance. Jalil needed just 80 pitches on the evening to get the job done in a performance of supreme-efficiency.
The Crimson Tide scored all the runs they would need in the bottom of the first with a four-run outburst. Base hits by Marinez (who also is Everett’s leadoff man) and Bryan Bessler, a fielder’s choice by John Uga (which erased Marinez from the basepaths), and a walk to Evan Reynolds loaded the bases.
A ground out by Jason Hennessey brought in Bessler with what would prove to be the winning run. Ken DeLorey then stepped up and smacked a clutch double that delivered Uga and Reynolds. Ken himself sped home moments later on a base hit by Monte Mack.
Everett added a solo tally in the third thanks to a triple by Chris Boucher that scored Mack. The Tide produced the final run of the game in the fifth on a sacrifice fly by Alex Brown that delivered Mack.
The Crimson Tide began their winning skein with a 9-1 win over former GBL rival Revere on Friday. Everett grabbed a 3-0 lead in the third and never looked back. DeLorey keyed the rally with a two-RBI single with the bases loaded.
Brown scored the fourth run when he singled, stole second and third, and scored on a base hit by Bessler. Hennessey punched a two-RBI base hit in the fifth and Everett put the game away with three more markers in the fifth on RBI-hits by Brown, Hennessey, and Mack.
Hennessey, a sophomore, came through with a complete-game victory on the mound, spinning a three-hitter in which he struck out six opponents and walked only two.
“Jalil and Jason have been tremendous for us,” said EHS head coach Joe Lento. “They both throw strikes and trust their teammates to make the plays behind them. They have been very consistent and give us a chance to win every time they pitch.”
Senior Marc Faia gave Lento another complete-game victory Saturday in a 16-1 runaway over cross-town rival Pope John. All of the Crimson Tide starters joined the hit parade, led by Bessler with three safeties. Jochy Liriano, DeLorey, and Hennessey all had two-hit games. Freshman Jonathan Fitzgerald delivered his first varsity base hit, as Lento was able to utilize his bench in the victory.
The three victories were preceded by a tough 2-0 loss to GBL archival Medford last Wednesday. Everett outhit the Mustangs, 7-6, but could not come through with a timely base hit.
“We only struck out three times and had a lot of quality at-bats,” said Lento. “It was just a case of not getting the key hit when we had men on base.”
Marinez went all the way and deserved a better fate, yielding just two unearned runs in the fourth that proved the difference.
“Hopefully we’ll get by Somerville Monday and then we’ll get another crack at Medford with the GBL title on the line when we face them Wednesday,” said Lento.
Prior to their GBL encounters, the Crimson Tide host Lowell, one of the top-ranked teams in the state, Saturday afternoon at 1:00 at Glendale.
Tough stretch for EHS softball team
The Everett High softball team dropped both of its encounters this past week, falling to Medford and Swampscott.
Hailey Powers pitched all five innings in the former contest in which the Lady Crimson Tide made six errors and put together only three base hits in an eventual 12-0 loss.
Two days later against Swampscott, the Lady Crimson Tide scored two runs in the third inning when Erica Ginepra doubled and moved to third on a hit by Talia Riccioli. Riccioli took second on a steal and Ginepra scored on an error on the throw to second. Riccioli herself eventually came home on a passed ball.
The Lady Crimson Tide added a solo tally in the fifth when Sam Uga doubled, moved to third on an error by Swampscott, and scored on a single by Riccioli.
Grace Mullaly pitched for Everett, allowing nine hits in the 16-3 loss. “It was the first time back for Grace and she pitched well,” said EHS head coach Stacy Poste. “But Swampscott caught up to her in the fourth inning when they hit the ball well.”
The Lady Crimson Tide have a busy week ahead with games starting tomorrow (Thursday) at Swampscott, Friday at Cambridge, Monday at Somerville, next Wednesday at home vs. Medford, and next Thursday at Tewksbury.
Brenden McCarthy to play lacrosse at Mount Saint Mary’s University
Malden Catholic High School senior Brenden McCarthy has signed a commitment to play lacrosse at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Frederick, Maryland this fall. In addition to being an attackman for Lancer’s lacrosse, Brenden, son of Raymond and Lisa McCarthy of Everett, is a member of the National Honor Society and a Saint Francis Xavier Scholar at Malden Catholic, a program that recognizes academic talent of incoming freshmen and works to promote and further develop intellectual exploration and enrichment over the course of their studies at Malden Catholic. Brenden plans to study business management while at MSMU.
“Although I will miss my brothers at Malden Catholic, I am extremely excited for this opportunity to attend Mount Saint Mary’s and to play lacrosse as a Mountaineer,” said Brenden. “The tight-knit community at Mount Saint Mary’s reminds me so much of MC and I felt welcomed and at home there from the moment I stepped on campus. My time at MC has taught me to always face challenges to the best of your ability no matter how hard they can be, and I’ve learned how important the school community truly is to the high school experience.”
“Brenden has made a tremendous impact on the field for us over his four year career. He has become our go-to guy on offense and scored some very important goals for us in some of our biggest games,” said Malden Catholic Head Varsity Lacrosse Coach Mr. Matthew O’Neil. “We are thrilled that he will be moving on to play Division 1 lacrosse at the Mount and we wish him the best of luck.”
About Malden Catholic
For more than eighty years, Malden Catholic High School has maintained a tradition of leading students to achieve academic excellence in a Catholic, familial atmosphere. Annually, 99 percent of Malden Catholic graduates attend college. The Class of 2016 Graduates applied to 225 colleges and universities distributed over 33 states, the District of Columbia, and Canada. Members of the Class of 2016 have received college scholarships with a four-year value of $18 million dollars. Recognized for its dedicated faculty, challenging curriculum, spiritual guidance, social outreach, and championship caliber athletic programs, Malden Catholic educates young men from more than 40 communities surrounding Boston. A Xaverian Brothers Sponsored School, Malden Catholic is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges. Further information on the school may be found at www.maldencatholic.org