Everett softball team falls to Saugus to open season
By Julian Cardillo
The Everett softball team fell to Saugus, 5-3, on Monday to open the 2018 season. Ariana Garay pitched six innings for the Crimson Tide, giving up just two earned runs on two walks and three hits. But Garay didn’t have any strikeouts in the loss, which didn’t feature an Everett run until the sixth inning when Saugus already had a five-run lead.
“Unfortunately, we lost, but it was just our second time of actually being out on the field,” said Everett coach Stacy Schiavo, citing weather problems during preseason – “We went out Sunday morning but the infield was frozen, and the girls were fighting the ball hitting off of rocks, so this was the first shot outside on a softer field.”
Saugus opened the scoring in the first inning and scored two apiece in the second and third innings as well.
“We made some errors in the infield and outfield but I really can’t be upset with these girls because the weather has confined us indoors, where we can’t really do infield and outfield,” said Schiavo. “However, we should have been hitting better since we have been able to focus on that while indoors.”
Everett finally broke through in the fifth inning. Kaylee Nearen led the inning off with a triple. She scored on a single into outfield by Izza Bourouis, who then moved to second on a passed ball. Lexie Bartolomeo knocked in Bourouis on a single into outfield. Bourouis wasn’t done, either, as she started the sixth inning with a homerun.
Everett’s next game is on Monday at Salem.