By Lorenzo Recupero
Following losses to both Saugus and Gloucester to open the season, Everett Crimson Tide softball earned its first win of the season with a, 12-9, decision over Latin Academy at Glendale Park.
Sophomore pitcher Veronica Bento held down the mound for Everett (1-2), going 7 strong innings and fanning seven batters along the way.
Everett opened the game with a 2-1 lead going into the second inning after scoring two runs courtesy of Madison Smith, who drove in Maddy Duraes from first with a triple and then scored from third on a errant throw from Latin Academy.
The Lady Tide’s grip on the game was tested in second inning with LA pulling ahead after scoring four runs to Everett’s one run on a homer by lead-off batter Izza Bourouis (2-3, 1 HR, 2 RBI).
Latin Academy would take advantage of 7 errors committed by Everett over the next 3 innings, while holding on to a, 8-6, lead entering the sixth inning.
Crimson Tide batters used a 5-hit sixth, lead by Bourouis’ double that knocked in Duraes and Smith, to help claw back to a 12-9 lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
The come-from-behind win was a start in the right direction for the Tide, but head coach Stacy Schiavo was clear that improvements needed to be made on the defensive end in order for the team to succeed going forward.
“Coaches had to keep reminding the girls errors will destroy the game and we were allowing them to beat us,” said Schiavo. “I told them we only had one more shot and needed to step it up and they pulled through and produced singles when they needed to,” said Schiavo of her team’s 13-hit effort (9 singles).
“They adjusted to Latin Academy’s third pitcher and made their at bats count. This was a great come back and was happy to get our first win,” she said.
Monday’s matchup with Salem was rescheduled due to a rainout. The team will look to protect home field for their next two matchups on Wednesday, April 18 against Peabody at 10AM and Friday, April 20 against Revere at 10AM.
Izza Bourouis – 2 for 3 (HR, double, RBI)
Kloey Cardillo- 2 for 3- (2 singles)
Maddy Duraes- 3 for 4 (3 singles, RBI)
Kaylee Nearen- 2 for 3 (1 triple, 2 singles, 2 RBI)
Madison Smith- 3 for 4 (triple, 2 singles, 2 RBI)