Saugus Sports Round-Up
Young Lady Sachems have opened offensive floodgates in softball
By Julian Cardillo
The Saugus softball team may be inexperienced, but so far they’re showing that they shouldn’t be underestimated. Saugus are 2-1 on the season after taking their opener from Waltham, 8-7, and beating Everett, 5-3. The Sachems’ lone loss of the season so far is to Marblehead.
Coach Steve Almquist has been satisfied with his team’s early start to the season, especially considering how the inclement weather kept them from playing outside in preseason. “It was a pretty good offensive performance for us to start the year,” Almquist said of the Waltham win. “Especially considering that it was our first time out all year, you can’t ask for much more.”
Caitlin Wood pitched a complete game, giving up four earned runs and six hits. She had eight strikeouts.
On offense, Alexa Ferraro went three for four with a triple and RBI. Nystasia Rowe and Taylor Bogdanski both went two for four and recorded an RBI; Sadie DiCenso and Ashley Shaw each had doubles.
In the Marblehead loss, Emma Howard went three for four with an RBI, while Shaw went one for two. Wood and Madison Niles each had one hit.
Saugus host Beverly on Monday.
Saugus baseball coach eyes more offense
The Saugus baseball team got the season started off with a nice win, beating Everett 5-1. But the Sachems followed up with a 6-0 loss to Marblehead on Wednesday, bringing them to 1-1 on the young season.
“We started off as well as you could possibly imagine, but then our offense just doesn’t show a few nights later, wouldn’t you figure,” said coach Joe Luis.
Luis is hoping the Sachems show more of what they put forth in the season opener against Everett. Pitcher Todd Tringale had a banner performance, going six innings and striking out nine. He had no earned runs, though Everett scored off an error in the third inning. “It’s certainly good that he was able to find the strike zone so early in the season,” Luis said. “It’s been tough with the year. He’s been inside, pitching off a plastic mound. He was dominant for us.”
Saugus’s offense took a while to wake up and back Tringale; Saugus tied the game and took the lead in the sixth, as Steve Pettenati, who went one for three on the day, recorded an RBI double to score Grant Rust. Mike Mabee and Paul Stamatopoulos both drove in runs in the seventh.
The Sachems play at Stoneham on Friday night, looking to go 2-1. Mabee is on the mound. “We want our offense to show up,” Luis said. “But we need to be careful with our pitchers as well. We can’t have them tossing 80 so early in the season.”