Everett heads to Cambridge later today to take on the non-league Falcons
Everett High School softball coach Stacy Schiavo couldn’t ask for a better start to the season. These Crimson Tide girls have now won three in a row after their latest two victories over Chelsea (17-0) and Lynn Classical (6-3).
On April 5 at Glendale Park, Everett pitcher Kristi Skane dominated the Red Devils for four innings, striking out 11 while issuing no hits and no walks, before Peyton Warren came in to pitch the fifth, before the game was called because of the mercy rule. Warren fanned two and issued one free pass to maintain the shutout.
Emma Longmore led off the bottom of the first by reaching on an error, and by the time the inning was over the Tide was already up by nine runs. Jayla Davila’s hit and subsequent passed ball then put runners in scoring position for Skane, who doubled home one run. Kayley Rossi followed with another double to account for two more runs. Emilia Marie-Babcock singled her home. Later on in the frame, Ashley Seward walked in a run, and Bryanna Mason singled in another before Longmore came up to the plate, for the second time in the game, and proceeded to belt a grand slam.
Alexa Uga knocked in the team’s 10th run with a single in the second, followed by a Kassidy Rivera run-producing base hit to give her teammates an 11-0 lead after two innings. The Everett girls added three more runs in the third and the final three in the fourth.
At the end of the game, Schiavo had this to say about the team’s second win: “Chelsea has an inexperienced team, but they never gave up and were positive right to the end. Skane and Warren did an amazing job in the circle for us, while we adjusted to the slow pitches on offense.”
It was a much closer game on Monday, April 10, against the host Rams. Skane pitched all seven innings to secure another win, whiffing four while walking none. She issued five hits and allowed two earned runs.
Uga singled in two in the opening stanza to give her teammates the early lead. The Rams then got one back when they came to the plate in the home half of the first on an unearned run. Seward was credited with a single to right to tack on another Everett run in the third. Gianna Masucci doubled home two more in the fourth. In the sixth, Uga came through again, producing the final Everett run of the game on a fielder’s choice. The Rams came back with two more in their half of the frame to account for the final score, 6-3.
“I can’t say enough about how proud I am of this team to get this win,” said Schiavo. “Kristi [Skane] and Kayley [Rossi] are a great pitcher and catcher combination. They work very well together. Skane seems to come back stronger when under pressure or behind in the count.”
“The defense was behind her [for the] entire game, and it clearly showed. Classical is always a great hitting team, and we had to make sure we made every play. We did not allow any errors,” added the veteran Everett coach. “The offense came out swinging. When we made contact, the ball was hit hard. We have been focusing on line drives and not popping up.”
“[Bryanna] Mason has been doing an amazing job at first. But every single player on this team contributed to this win. We shared the Greater Boston League (GBL) title with Classical last year, and we know that we need to take each game as seriously as the next if we want to win another championship.”
After taking on Lynn English at home on April 12 (after press deadline), the Everett girls will go up against non-league host Cambridge later today (April 14), starting at 4:30 p.m.