Everett hosts Salem Academy Charter School later today at Glendale Park
After the Everett High School baseball team (5-7) defeated Chelsea, 16-2, on May 1, the local nine then dropped their next two games. The Crimson Tide were first shut out by Lynn Classical last Saturday, 10-0, at Lynn’s Fraser Field. The game was originally scheduled for May 3, but was postponed because of the weather. Following that road loss, the Everett boys came home to Glendale Park to take on Lynn English to begin a brand-new week on May 8, only to lose their second straight game, 14-7.
Pitcher Nordeivy Santana recorded the win on the mound over Chelsea after throwing four innings and giving up two runs on two hits. Alex Velasco paced the offensive attack against the Red Devils with three hits and three RBI. Isaiah Goffigan, David Saia, Nordeivy Santana, Albert Santana, Matt Turilli, Tyler Wedge and Nick Gilbert chipped in with one hit apiece.
“Winning four of our last five games to get us back to .500 is huge,” said coach Joel Levine immediately after the Chelsea game. “We really struggled early on in the season, but the kids are really coming around both offensively and defensively.”
But then, the Crimson Tide ran into the host Rams, where not much happened offensively. Saia was credited with three hits in as many at bats to lead the way. Goffigan and Gilbert each singled once. Omar Marshall pitched three innings for the visitors, allowing five earned runs.
“It was a close game heading into the fifth, when some defensive miscues did us in,” said Levine. “When you play a team like Lynn Classical, you have to play your absolute best to beat them, and that just wasn’t in the cards for us.”
Against Lynn English, the Tide had a 7-4 lead after five innings, before things started to get out of hand. Santana took the loss after giving up six runs over 3.1-innings. Alex Lara, Velasco and Santana each had multi-hit games to lead the way on offense. Marshall and Albert Santana contributed to the offense with one hit apiece.
“The fact that we were leading in this game was a miracle, because our pitchers surrendered 21 walks, which quite frankly is unacceptable,” said Levine. “I would rather watch their entire lineup hit the ball on top of the police station than watch us walk the ballpark. This was not a game that [Lynn English] won, it was a game that we lost. We need to be much better down the stretch if we want to make a run at the state tournament.”
After going up against host Somerville on May 10, the Everett boys have since returned home to get ready for the Salem Academy Charter School in a non-league game later today, May 12, starting at 4 p.m. They will then head to Revere on Monday to face the Patriots, beginning at 4 p.m., before coming home again to welcome the Medford Mustangs to town on Tuesday at the same time.