EHS Baseball Team Enjoys an M&M Feast
The Everett High baseball team enjoyed a successful week with a pair of victories over Greater Boston League (GBL) rivals Medford and Malden.
In a 3-2 victory over Medford, the Crimson Tide parlayed outstanding pitching and timely hitting to come away with a dramatic win.
On the mound, Matt Turilli spun a dazzling, complete-game three-hitter.
Still, Everett trailed 2-0 through five and 1/2 innings, but the Tide rallied for two runs in the bottom of the sixth to bring the game back to level.
Alex Velasco delivered the first key blow, a double down the left field line with runners at first and third that scored one teammate to make it 2-1.
Tyler Wedge then came off of the bench to deliver one of the biggest at bats of the season-to-date with a sacrifice fly that deadlocked the game at 2-2.
Then in the bottom of the seventh, Justin Longmore led off with a double. After Justin advanced to third on a wild pitch, Brian Gibbs stepped up to the plate and delivered an RBI base hit for the walk-off victory.
In a 7-6 win over Malden, Everett jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the second inning and never looked back, though the Golden Tornadoes made things interesting late in the game.
Turilli led the Everett offense with a pair of base hits. Alex Lara, Frankie Velasquez, and Longmore each had a hit and an RBI.
Starting pitcher Omar Marshall picked up the “W,” tossing six and 1/3 innings. Sophomore Enrico Vega closed the door with the tying run on second base and one out in the seventh to record the save.
Coach Joel Levine and his crew, who now stand at 5-4 on the season, have a busy week ahead as they begin the second half of their 2022 campaign. They were scheduled to play at GBL foe Chelsea this past Monday and then will host GBL rival Lynn Classical today (Wednesday) and non-league opponent Greater Lawrence on Friday.
They will travel to Lynn English next Monday and return home to take on Somerville next Wednesday.
EHS Girls Track Defeats Chelsea
The Everett High girls outdoor track and field team defeated Greater Boston League rival Chelsea in a closely-fought meet last week at Chelsea Stadium.
Leading the way for coach Jehu Cimea’s Lady Crimson Tide was senior Lakisha Kirnon, who won three individual events to score 15 points for the Everett side of the scoresheet. Lakisha took first in the 100 high hurdles with a personal record (PR) time of 18.7 seconds, the high jump with a leap of 4’-6”, and the long jump with a flight of 14’-6”.
Other first-place winners for the Lady Crimson Tide were: senior Rejeana Guillaume in the 200 dash with a clocking of 28.6; sophomore Malaica Guillaume in the triple jump with a final landing of 28’-9.5”; junior Jessica DeSouza in the discus with a spin of 61’-10”; and senior Alyssa Hurley in the javelin with a PR throw of 75’-0”.
Everett also won both relay events. The quartet of freshman Zyelle Cannon, freshman Yelsa Garcia, junior Jessica Desouza, and junior Nyla Crowder sped to victory in the 4 x 100 in 57.6 seconds, which was almost five seconds faster than their Chelsea counterparts.
The foursome of sophomore Malaica Guillaume, freshman Alisha Lafontant, freshman Yelsa Garcia, and senior Rejeana Guillaume snared the five points in the 4 x 400.
Adding three points for the Everett cause with second-place performances were: senior Datchene Elysse in the 100 dash in 14.0; junior Luca Jean Noel in the mile in 7:43.9 and in the 800 in 3:13.1; sophomore Laneya Smith in the 400 dash in 1:15.2 and in the discus with a PR throw of 50’-5”; and sophomore Layla Betancu-Cardona with a PR shot-put toss of 25’-0”.
Adding crucial single points with third-place efforts in a meet where every point mattered were: sophomore Tiana Allen in the javelin with a PR throw of 63/-8”; senior Alyssa Hurley in the shot-put with a season-best toss of 25’-0”; senior Rejeana Guillaume in the long jump (13’-3.75”) and high jump (4’-2”); freshman Zyelle Cannon in the 200 dash (31.1); freshman Alisha Lafontant in the 400 dash (1:17.2); freshman Jssycah Emmanuel in the high hurdles (21.1); senior Gig Boyce in the 100 dash (14.3); sophomore Suzanne Maharjan in the two-mile (18:05.6); and sophomore Malaica Guillaume in the 400 hurdles (1:29.5).
Cimea and his crew were scheduled to journey to Lynn Classical yesterday (Tuesday).
Boys Track Falls Short to Chelsea
Although the Everett High boys outdoor track and field team came up just short in its meet last week with Greater Boston League rival Chelsea by a score of 71-56, a number of the Crimson Tide turned in outstanding performances.
Lilian Pochot sped to a win in the 200 dash in 24.2 and took second in the long jump with a flight of 18’-8.25”.
Junior Shinay Aristene topped the field in the 100 high hurdles with a clocking of 18.5 and took second in the 400 hurdles in 1:05.8.
Senior Donovan Gaskins captured the discus with a spin of 97’-0” and took third in the shot-put with a toss of 36’-3”.
Senior Darrly Monvil sprinted to victory in the 100 meter dash in a personal record (PR) time of 11.6 seconds.
Sophomore Kang Nguyen won the long jump with a leap of 18’-10”.
Adding three points to the Everett scoresheet with second-place finishes were: senior Seth Sylvain in the javelin (105’-6”); senior Hector Guevara in the shot-put (37’-6”); junior Matth Telson in the 800 (2:19.4); junior Fludjt Moise in the 400 dash (58.1); and senior Wesley Mompremier in the two-mile in 12:00.2.
Contributing single points with third-place efforts were: junior Owen Beavil in the 400 hurdles (1:08.1) and the 200 dash (25.8); senior Jayden Clerveaux in the 100 dash (12.1); and senior Hector Guevara in the discus with a twirl of 79’-3”.
The Everett 4 x 100 quartet of Seth Sylvain, Donovan Gaskins, Lilian Pochot, and Darrly Monvil won their race, outsprinting their Red Devil counterparts by 1.7 seconds with a clocking of 47.7.
The Crimson Tide were scheduled to trek to Lynn Classical yesterday (Tuesday).
EHS Volleyball Team Falls Just Short in Five Sets
The Everett High boys volleyball team took yet another match into a fifth set tiebreaker, but for the first time this year, the Crimson Tide came up short, falling 3-2 to Somerville last Monday.
Playing for the second time-ever in front of a home crowd, the Everett boys team started off sluggishly, falling behind early 7-0 before ultimately dropping the first set 25-15.
“We had a week off for April vacation and our rust showed,” said EHS head coach Mike Fineran, whose team stands at 3-1 at the midway mark of the season. Everett missed seven serves in the first set alone. “But we’ve shown the ability to shake off bad starts before, and that’s what we did.”
One bright spot in the opening frame was the play of junior Dimitar Dimitrov, who had two kills, a block, and an ace in the first set, and then powered Everett to victory in set two with three kills and six service points, the first three closing an early gap to 11-10, and the last three putting Everett up 23-19. The Tide won the set 25-22.
Everett carried the momentum over into the third set, behind three kills and a block from senior Mariclio Melo and two blocks and a kill from freshman Henrique Franca. Senior captain Brandon Ho had two aces, and a third ace would have put Everett up 20-17, but the head referee overruled his original call.
“We had some bad luck there,” said Fineran, “but we still had chances to take the set.”
Everett’s best chance came when they were leading 24-23, but Franca’s serve was hit into the net, and Everett succumbed, 26-24.
Franca made up for it with three kills in the fourth set, and Dimitrov took over serving with the Tide up 10-8 and served the next 11 points, including four aces, as Everett cruised, 25-10, sending their fourth consecutive match this season to a fifth and deciding set.
Somerville jumped ahead 4-0, but serving from senior co-captain Caio Santos brought Everett back even, before Everett fell behind 10-5.
“We had the momentum at the end of the fourth set,” said Fineran, ”but each set has its own rhythm. We didn’t handle their serves well enough to get anything going.”
Serving by Ho and sophomore Hyan De Casto brought Everett closer. Dimitrov served down, 13-10, but Somerville took the rally, and a point later took the set.
“We didn’t make enough plays to win, but we never quit,” said Fineran.
The Crimson Tide will get a chance to redeem themselves when they travel to Somerville today (Wednesday) in the middle of a busy week.
They hosted Chelsea this past Monday and will host Pioneer Charter on Friday. They will trek to Medford next Wednesday.
Fuccillo’s One-Hitter Leads EHS Softball to 17-0 Win
The Everett High softball team played the role of a rude host to the Weymouth Lady Wildcats this past Friday, sending the visitors back to the South Shore with a 17-0 defeat.
Lady Crimson Tide ace pitcher Celeste Fuccillo spun her third shutout of the season, allowing one hit while striking out 12 Lady Wildcats and walking only one.
Everett jumped out to an 8-0 lead in the bottom of the first and never looked back. Ashley Seward started and finished the big rally. Ashley led off the inning with a hard hit into left field and then placed an exclamation mark onto the big Everett inning with a grand slam homer.
Most of the EHS runs came courtesy of some errant Weymouth pitching in which five Lady Crimson Tide batters reached base via walks or a hit batter.
That pattern continued in the second inning as Everett expanded its margin to 14-0. The first four Everett girls drew bases-on-ball and two more did so as the inning progressed. RBI base hits were delivered by Alexa Uga, Kristi Skane (Kristi’s second hit of the day), and Kayley Rossi.
Everett tacked on three more markers in the fourth. After Seward singled and Jayla Davila walked, Julia Curran singled to score Seward and Gianna Masucci singled to bring in Davila. Curran eventually scored on an error.
“We did score a lot on walks,” said EHS head coach Stacy Schiavo. “However, when we made contact we hit the ball well and hard. Celeste did a great job pitching and our defense did an amazing job making the outs to keep runners off base.”
In another contest during the past week, the Lady Crimson Tide defeated another non-league rival, Latin Academy, 7-3.
Fuccillo once again turned in a dominating performance in the pitcher’s circle, tossing all seven innings in which she allowed just five base hits, fanned nine opponents, and walked none.
Latin grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first, but Everett brought the game back to level in the bottom of the frame. Emma Longmore led off with a base hit and Latin misplayed a bunt by Davila, which brought Longmore all the way around on an overthrow. A base hit by Rossi scored Davila, who had scooted all the way to third on the overthrow.
The Everett defense held firm in the second for a 1-2-3 inning, thanks to the infield play of Longmore at second (two grounders) and Masucci at shortstop, with Bryanna Mason making the put-outs at first.
The Lady Crimson Tide took the lead in the bottom of the second when Mason led off with a double, Uga bunted her to third, and Fuccillo doubled to bring in Mason.
Everett then broke the game open with a four-run rally in the third. Rossi and Skane singled and Emilia Maria-Babcock drew a walk to load the bases. Mason drew another base-on-balls to force in Rossi and then Uga came through with a base hit to bring in Skane. A ground-out by Longmore brought in Babcock and Mason eventually scored on a passed ball to up the count to 7-2.
Latin reached Fuccillo for a run in the sixth, but that would prove to be as close as the visitors would get in the 7-3 finale.
Everett enjoyed further success with a 14-2 win over Greater Boston League foe Revere that was halted after five innings because of the mercy rule.
Fuccillo picked up the win, tossing all five innings in which Celeste yielded just four hits and one earned run.
The Everett defense shone in the opening inning when a Revere runner was thrown out at the plate. A base hit and a stolen base placed a Revere runner into scoring position (theoretically) at second base, but Davila fielded a base hit in centerfield, made the relay throw to shortstop Masucci, and Gianna in turn fired to Rossi at home who put the tag on the Revere runner to end the inning.
The Everett bats came to life in the bottom of the second, erupting for six runs. After a base hit by Skane and a Revere error on a bunt by Babcock, Mason followed with a bunt single that brought in Skane. Babcock, who had advanced to third, then scored on a passed ball. Fuccillo helped her own cause with a base hit to deliver Mason. After Longmore came through with another base hit, another passed ball then brought in Seward (who had come in as a courtesy runner for Fuccillo).
Seward and Longmore eventually scored after a bunt single by Davila and a two-RBI base hit by Rossi.
Revere scored an unearned run in the third, but the Lady Crimson Tide tacked on three more tallies in the bottom of the inning. After Babock walked, stole second, and moved to third on a base hit by Uga, a sacrifice bunt by Fuccillo brought in Babcock. A grounder by Longmore was thrown away by Revere, allowing Uga to race home, with Longmore getting to second. Emma promptly stole third and scooted home on a base hit by Davila.
Revere added another solo tally in the fourth, but Everett got that back when Rossi tripled and scored on an error on a grounder hit by Mason.
Everett then ended the game in the fifth with a four-run outburst. Rossi came through with an RBI base hit and Skane delivered the game-ending blow with a bases-loaded double that plated three teammates for the 14-2 finale.
Longmore was solid on defense at her second base post, fielding numerous grounders and a line-drive on the day.
Everett also took the measure of another GBL rival, Medford, with a 16-6 triumph that also ended early because of the mercy rule.
Babcock gave the Lady Crimson Tide an early 1-0 edge in the opening inning when she doubled to bring in Davila, but Everett broke the game open with six runs in the second. Key hits in the inning came from Uga, who delivered a two-RBI double, and Mason, who had two base hits in the frame, including an RBI single that scored Davila.
Medford closed the gap to 7-4 in its half of the inning, but Everett responded in the third thanks to a two-RBI double by Skane that scored Longmore and Davila and an RBI double by Babcock that brought in Skane.
The Everett bats continued their assault in the fourth, tacking on five more tallies to make it a 15-4 contest. Longmore delivered an RBI double, Uga came through with a sacrifice fly, Rossi plated two teammates with a base hit, and an RBI double by Babcock accounted for the fifth run of the inning.
Medford averted the mercy rule by scoring twice in the fourth, but the end came in the fifth on Uga’s RBI double to make it 16-6.
The Lady Mustangs almost avoided the inevitable again in their half of the fifth, but Rossi threw out a Medford runner at second with Masucci covering on a steal attempt and Fuccillo put an end to matters once and for all with two strikeouts to end the contest.
“We arrived in Medford late and didn’t get a chance to do our warm-up routine which included soft toss,” said Schiavo. “The first time they got to swing the bats was when they got up to hit. They were making great contact and taking advantage on the bases. They knew this was the team to beat. Medford beat Lynn Classical, Lynn Classical beat us, and we knew we needed this win to get us in first place in the league.”
The triumph moved the Lady Crimson Tide into a three-way tie for first in the GBL with Medford and Classical, but a subsequent 7-6 loss to Malden last Wednesday dropped Everett back in the league standings.
The Lady Crimson Tide grabbed an early 4-0 in the opening inning. Longmore singled, stole second, and moved to third on a bunt single by Davila. An error on a grounder by Skane allowed Longmore to score and Rossi tripled, plating Davila and Skane. Kayley herself then came across the plate on a double by Babcock.
Everett added two more in the second on a two-out, two-run homer by Skane with Babock, who had drawn a walk, aboard.
However, the Lady Golden Tornadoes began to slice into the Everett lead with a run in the second, two more in the fourth, and another deuce in the fifth to make it a 6-5 contest.
Malden then pulled out a walk-off victory in the seventh with two runs on a single, a triple, and an Everett error.
“We came out hitting strong, but let them into the game in the fourth inning,” said Schiavo. “Our bats just were not there at the end of the game. The middle of their line up hit well when they needed it. This was not our best game and we really needed it to keep us in the running for the league title. Schiavo and her crew, who stand at 7-3 overall and 5-2 in the GBL, were scheduled to take on Chelsea this past Monday and play at Lynn Classical today (Wednesday). They will host Lynn English on Monday at Glendale at 4:00 and travel to non-league foe Rockport next Tuesday