Crimson Tide completes regular season versus Cambridge this week, before getting ready for the states
The Everett High School softball team (12-2 in the Greater Boston League, 16-2 overall) has been punishing the opposition all season long, but they ended last week with a close 3-1 loss to Medford at Medford’s Columbus Park on May 16.
But then they bounced back nicely against host Minuteman Regional on Monday, 7-0, before completing the regular season against visiting Cambridge on May 24 (after press deadline). They are 37th in the Division 1 power rankings as of May 23 and are scheduled to participate in a play-in game after the state tournament pairings are announced on May 31 on the miaa.net website.
Kristi Skane pitched six innings against the Mustangs, allowing five hits and two earned runs, while fanning seven. The game was scoreless through two innings before the Tide broke through with a run in the third. Emma Longmore started the threat off with a single up the middle. Emilia Maria-Babcock followed with another base hit to right. Skane maintained the trend with another single, but Babcock was out on a force play at second. With runners now on first and third, Skane stole second, which set the stage for Ashley Seward, who doubled home Longmore to account for the run. A long fly ball to center denied the visitors from extending the lead.
The Mustangs, still trailing by one, rallied to score three times in the sixth. The winning hit was on a two-out double. “That [sixth] inning hurt us,” said coach Stacy Schiavo. “We made an unbelievable play at the plate, only to fall apart with errors after that.”
“We had so many opportunities before this inning to score more runs, but could not get the hits we needed. When we did make contact, many of our hits were right at the Medford players,” added Schiavo.
The Everett girls tried to at least tie up the game in the seventh. Skane reached on an error after two outs, and Seward kept it going with a base hit. However, Medford was able to record the final out to strand both runners on base.
“We needed this win to take the GBL title all by ourselves,” said Schiavo. “Right now, we are tied with Lynn Classical. We both have two losses.”
“This loss hurts more than the first time we lost to them,” added Schiavo. “I know we are a better team than the way we played [against Medford]. Revere and Somerville beat Medford, and we beat both of those teams. We just can’t leave runners on base the way we did against the Mustangs. Skane pitched a great game, and our defense was amazing up until that sixth inning. We have two [regular season] games left, and we need to focus on them to prepare for the playoffs.”
Tide shuts down Minuteman to get back on track
Skane pitched all seven innings to earn the shutout – her seventh this spring – after giving up three scattered hits and one walk. She whiffed seven along the way.
The Tide scored twice in the first. With two outs, Skane reached first on an error and went to second on the overthrow. Kayley Rossi then singled to the outfield before Seward reached first on another error, which scored Skane. Rossi then scored on a hit by Gianna Masucci.
The Everett girls scored two more in the third inning. With one out, Skane reached first on an error in the outfield. Rossi then singled up the middle, putting two on. Both runners advanced on a fielder’s choice before Masucci singled them home.
The Tide added to their lead in the sixth with a couple more runs. With one out, Bryanna Mason doubled in Masucci, who reached on an error. Longmore then singled in Mason to give their teammates a 6-0 lead.
Everett tacked on its final run in the seventh. Babcock singled to begin the offensive opportunity, followed by another single from Skane. Babcock eventually scored that run on an error.
“When Minuteman had runners on, our defense stepped up its game to backup Skane’s pitching,” said Schiavo. “Rossi always does a great job behind the plate, but she made sure in this game that she stopped everything to prevent any wild pitches that would have advanced the Minuteman runners.”
“Last Friday, we were waiting to hear the news on the Medford / Classical game,” added Schiavo. “Last year, we shared the GBL title with Classical, and we were now tied for first with them again. But this time, Medford beat [Classical] to give us the title all by ourselves…I’m so proud of these girls, and how much they have accomplished throughout the season. There are always two or three standouts on any team, but I truly believe this team is made up of 14 players that play well together, and when you have teammates that can play well together, then you win a lot games.”
Skane, Rossi chosen Agganis all-stars
Both Skane and Rossi were recently selected to play in the Agganis softball game in Lynn next month. The annual classic will take place on Sunday, June 26, starting at 1 p.m.