by Lorenzo Recupero
The Crimson Tide’s postseason slate included the baseball and softball teams, but both went down in defeat during the first round of the MIAA D.1 north tournament last week.
The dual loss brings a close to the 2019 spring sports season at Everett High School.
The Lady Tide (12-9) had a fantastic year on the mound behind the starting duo of freshman Celeste Fuccillo and junior Ariana Garay, but a lack of hitting in vital situations led the team to falter during the postseason as they fell, 9-2, to Woburn High School in the first round of the playoffs.
“We got our bats on the ball, but just hit it directly to people,” said EHS head coach Stacy Schiavo after being bounced from the playoffs by Woburn HS. “We had ups and downs this season, but I will say I’m proud of all our girls for their accomplishments this season both on and off the field,” said Schiavo as her season came to a close.
The good news for the Lady Tide: They graduate just one starter, senior captain Kaylee Nearen.
The lack of a roster turnover allows the team to pick up right where they left off next season. Another year of experience for a playoff roster should bode well for the team next year.
The father, son coaching duo of Joe Lento Jr. and senior got the boys in crimson back to the postseason for the first time in three years, but the time spent there was short lived, as the Tide (10-11) were routed, 16-1, by Chelmsford (4th seed in tournament) last week.
Both coaches preached all season long that pitching had to improve, as the team rode the wave of inconsistencies on the mound throughout the year. Ultimately, the shaky pitching and the lack of hitting in the postseason was the team’s undoing.
The good news: Making it back to the postseason is a sure sign the team is moving in the right direction for next year.