Sports 04-26-2017

EHS Roundup

EHS softball team defeats Malden, 11-3

The Everett High softball team got back to the .500 mark with a resounding 11-3 triumph over Malden this past Monday.

Malden grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second frame and made it 3-0 with two more markers in the third. The Lady Tornadoes would have added to their lead in the that inning, but a superb relay throw by Everett shortstop Maddy Duraes nailed a Malden runner at the plate.

However, the Lady Crimson Tide more than erased the Malden advantage with a huge outburst in the fourth inning.

Hailey Powers got things going for Eveett when she drew a walk.  Duraes reached base on a fielder’s choice and Izza Bourouis drew another base on balls to load the bases.

Kaylee Nearen then sent Powers and Duraes scampering across the plate with a base hit into the outfield and Izza next came home on a passed ball, knotting the score at 3-3.

After Kloey Cardillo drew another walk, Samantha Uga blasted a home run to score Cardillo and Sara Witkus, who had entered the game as a courtesy runner for Nearen, ahead of her.

That brought the score to 6-3, but the Lady Crimson Tide were not done. After Diana Concannon drew a walk and stole second Powers walked for the second time of the inning, setting the table for Duraes, who promptly doubled, knocking in Concannon to make it 7-3..

Nalani Marinez then tripled to score both Powers and Duraes, upping the count to 9-3.

Everett adders some extra insurance runs in the fifth. Lyanna Arrington walked and reached second on a ground out. Uga then came through with a two-out single into the outfield, scoring Arrington.  When Sam moved to second on a Malden error, a hit by Powers brought her home for the 11th Everett run.

Ariana Garay pitched all innings for the Lady Crimson Tide, allowing two earned runs on seven hits, while fanning five and walking only one.

“Ariana did a great job for us in her first start,” said EHS head coach Stacy Poste.

In their lone contest last week, the Lady Crimson Tide dropped a 17-7 decision at Peabody in a contest that was much closer than the final score would indicate. Everett battled back from an 8-2 deficit to make it an 8-7 affair by the middle of the sixth. However, the Lady Tanners exploded for nine runs in the bottom of the sixth to pull  away for the win.

Key hits in the contest for Everett came from Diana Concannon, who delivered a two-run triple in the fifth inning, and a subsequent RBI base hit by Kloey Cardillo that scored Concannon. Kloey herself eventually came around thanks to a base hit by Nearen (that moved her over to third) and a passed ball.

The remaining Everett runs in the contest came via Peabody errors in the second inning and a nice sacrifice bunt by Concannon in the top of the sixth that scored Duraes that brought Everett within 8-7.

However, the proverbial roof fell in on the Lady Crimson Tide in the Lady Tanner half of the frame.

“We fought right up into the sixth inning and we were down by only one run,” noted Poste.

Poste and her crew, who now stand at 2-2 on the season, were scheduled to host Winthrop today (Wednesday) and trek to Danvers Friday. They will play at Medford Monday and at Swampscott next Wednesday.

Former Pope John great David Sacco named boys basketball coach at Winthrop High School

By Cary Shuman

East Boston native David Sacco, Pope John XXIII High School’s all-time leading boys basketball scorer with 1,331 points, has been named the boys basketball head coach at Winthrop High School.

Sacco, 41, was an assistant at Saugus High last season and previously served as an assistant at Melrose High School. He was a coach at Pope John for 13 seasons, six as an assistant and seven as the head coach.

The son of East Boston residents George and Rita Sacco, he grew up in East Boston and attended St. Mary’s Star of the Sea School. He was a three-sport athlete (baseball, basketball, and football) at Pope John where the 6-foot-4-inch standout is an inductee in the school’s Hall of Fame. He played football at Plymouth State College.

Sacco said he is looking forward to working with Winthrop athletic director Matt Serino.

“Matt Serino is a tireless worker who clearly loves Winthrop sports and he’s all about the kids, so he and I have hit it off right from the get go,” said Sacco.

Having grown up next door in Eastie, Sacco has watched the Winthrop High program through the years.

“I’ve not only followed Winthrop basketball but I have followed Winthrop boys and girls sports,” said Sacco. “Being a small school in the Northeastern Conference, Winthrop has clearly had a ton of success. They’re tough, hard-nosed kids growing up in Winthrop. I’ve followed Winthrop basketball from the days of Peter Grimes and the success he had and I grew up with Peter Grimes’s daughters, so I’ve always admired him from afar. From Peter [Grimes] to David Brown, they’ve had success. We’re going to hit the ground running and we hope to get Winthrop basketball back on the map.”

Sacco is in the process of selecting his assistant coaches. He will be holding a meeting with the Winthrop players Thursday.

“They won a state tournament game this season, so they know what it takes to win in the postseason. Now the guys have to be committed to taking that next step. They have to put in a lot of work in the offseason.”

Sacco resides in Saugus and has two children, Nicholas, 12, and Gianna, 9.

ENicholas just turned 12 and he has a size 10 ½ shoe. He plays basketball, football, and baseball just like his old man and Gianna plays softball and is a cheerleader.

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