The Everett Girls’ Softball Storm major league team and Mustangs minor league team clinched the championships at Glendale Park. Celebrating with a field day on Saturday, the Storm won 6-4 against the Banshees while the Mustangs beat the Stars 18-3.
Storm major league championship game
Storm Head Coach James Tiberii said the win was triggered by a great double play from Pitcher Sophia Clarke to First Baseman Alexa Morello to Catcher Emilia Babcock. Then, with the game tied 4-4 in the sixth inning, Storm Third Baseman Emma Longmore hit a two-run home run to take the lead 6-4. Kayleigh McMahon got the final runner out to clinch the victory, according to Tiberii.
Clarke’s pitching was outstanding, having six strike-outs, according to Tiberii. Tiberii also said they had great defense.
Displaying good sportsmanship, the Storm head coach gave a shout-out to Banshees Pitcher Bailey DeLeire, adding that it was a total team effort. “I’m so proud of the girls and the hard work they’ve put in all year long,” Tiberii said. “They finished the season strong.”
Mustangs minor league championship game
According to Mustangs Assistant Coach Mario Bonilla, the Mustangs Pitcher Arianna Bonilla hit two grand slams and allowed only two runs in four of the innings. Catcher Kaylin Rivera caught the whole game, and everyone got a hit. Shortstop McKenzie Rivera made a heads-up play to tag the runner going from Second Base to Third Base to end the game at 18-3 against the Stars.
Head Coach Jay Holt credited putting in practice, fundamentals and time as contributing to the win. “I’d like to congratulate the minor league champs, the Mustangs of Everett Girls’ Softball,” Holt said. “These girls had a good season with a great ending to bring home the crown for the 2021 season.”
Holt added that the girls worked hard this season through the wins and losses, keeping a level head and focused, with great results. He thanked asst. coaches Kerry Hutchinson, Mario Bonilla, team mother Kimberly Biggi and scorekeeper Patricia Hutchinson for a job well done.
Both teams clinched the championship title two years ago under Head Coaches Jim Tiberii and Adam DeCastro.