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Crimson Tide drops home opener to Malden

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Everett baseball makes pitch for better results as the season begins to warm up 

High school baseball coaches like Everett’s Joel Levine anticipates early season games to be filled with a mixed bag of results. There would be some good things to point out, while also acknowledging aspects of their teams’ play that still needs improvement as the weather warms up from the cold winter chill.

The Crimson Tide dropped a 14-4 decision to visiting Malden Monday afternoon at Glendale Park. It started out in typical fashion for an early April game, with the pitchers trying to find some consistency throwing strikes.

“Our pitchers issued 10 walks in the first two innings, most of which came around to score,” said Levine afterwards. “It was the way our group of kids envisioned how the first game would go.”

Take away those free passes and the score definitely would have been much closer. The Everett boys were trailing, 7-0 before they had a chance to swing away at the plate.

But once the game got going, the home team started to settle down nicely. Pitcher Alex Lara was able to help silence the Malden bats with four solid innings in relief, giving up just one earned run.

On defense, Nordeivy Santana was the star of the show at shortstop, coming up with eight putouts. Senior Nick Gilbert was credited with one hit on his only at-bat in the game, and he also scored a run.

The Tide was scheduled to take on host Chelsea prior to the Easter break on Wednesday, April 5 after press deadline. Levine’s squad will then get back to work on Monday, April 10, when it hosts the Lynn Classical Rams at Glendale, starting at 4 p.m. They will then take on the Lynn English Bulldogs at Lynn’s Breed Middle School Field two days later at the same time.

Tide second baseman Nordeivy Santana stretches on the bag after making a catch for an out.
Infielder Albert Santana jumps up while working to catch the ball as a player from Malden slides into second base.
Alex Lara on the mound
Everett’s Alex Velasco is called safe after diving back to first.
Albert Santana leans back to avoid getting hit by a pitch.

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