By Julian Cardillo
The Everett softball team bowed out of the 2018 season, falling in the state tournament on Monday night at Concord-Carlisle. Everett showed off some good offense in the elimination game, but ultimately fell 9-4.
For coach Stacy Schiavo, reaching this point in the campaign was a huge step forward. “The girls improved so much from the beginning of the year,” she said. “Once they got comfortable in their positions, the lineup fell into place for them. We as coaches told them after the game that they need to keep their heads up.”
Concord-Carlisle entered the state tournament as the playoffs’ number one seed and got off to a good start, going up 1-0 in the first. But the Crimson Tide strung together a solid third inning. They took a 4-1 lead off RBIs by Ariana Garay, Maddy Duraes and Kaylee Nearen. Everett led the inning off with an Alyssa Bessler double. Kloey Cardillo singled, then Bessler scored as Garay executed a bunt, reaching first safely. Duraes knocked in Cardillo with an outfield single. Nearen’s double scored two more runs.
Unfortunately, Everett couldn’t match their defense in the fourth inning with their offense in the third. “The fourth was our bad inning,” Schiavo said. “Concord-Carlisle came out swinging.”
Concord-Carlisle poured on seven runs in a massive fourth inning, adding an insurance score in the fifth to put the game away.
Last Friday, the Tide also beat Newton South, 11-10, in a seven-inning thriller. Maddy Smith, Duraes, Ashley Fitzgerald and Cardillo all had RBIs. Lexi Bartolomeo homered.
Schiavo says she is proud when she looks back at the season and is excited for what the future holds. “Many of the girls will be playing in AAU teams over the summer, which will only help them prepare for next year,” she said. “We are hoping to have a better record next year and get past first round.”