By Lorenzo Recupero
The Lady Tide are rolling, putting together the best start in recent memory for head coach Stacy Schiavo and doing it in total team fashion. The team’s most recent triumph, a 15-2 trouncing of Malden High School.
“This is the best start we have had in a longtime, yes,” said Schiavo, a 20-plus year veteran of the head coaching position for Everett High softball. “The girls being friends, getting along and really wanting to go further in the tournament has been what I think has made them click. They really seem to want to make an impact. We have a great core of experienced players that have been mentoring some of the newer players,” said Schiavo, who only lost two starters from last year’s team.
But with 12 games remaining in the regular season, Schiavo is not ready to say her team has reached their full potential.
“One thing we need to be more consistent with is our hitting,” she said. “We need to learn to adjust to every pitch that we face,” said Schiavo.
The Lady Tide will hit the diamond again Wednesday, May 1 at Medford (4PM) and Friday, May 3 at home against Peabody (4PM).
Team Statistical Leaders (as of 4-30-19)
Batting – Kaylee Nearen, at bat 21, 13 hits (8 singles, 4 doubles, 1 triple)11 runs batted in, .619 batting average, .905 slugger percentage; Ariana Garay, AB 17, 7 H (7 singles)6 RBIs, .412 BA, .412 SP; Madison Duraes, AB 23, 9 H (7 singles, 1 double, 1 triple)10 RBIs, .391 BA, .522 SP.
Pitching – Celeste Fuccillo (2-1), 18 innings pitched, 11 hits allowed, 11 runs allowed (9 earned), 14 Strikeouts, 1.94 earned run average 1.94; Ariana Garay (3-0), 19 IP, 13 hits, 11 runs (7 earned), 15 strikeouts, 2.57 ERA.