Celeste Fuccillo has fanned 19 batters over the last two Everett High School softball games, leading the Lady Tide to a win before dropping the Greater Boston League Tournament game Sunday against Lynn Classical High School at St. Mary’s Field in Revere.
Riding a 2-game win streak, the Lady Tide are above .500 for the first time this season.
With shutout wins over Malden (16-0) and Chelsea (15-0), they’re now sitting at 3-2 ahead of the GBL’s inter-league tournament scheduled for Saturday and Sunday at Revere.
The Everett bats and pitchers have heated up during the win streak, posting 31 runs and allowing none during the frame. In the June 2 in over Malden, Celeste Fuccillo led the way with 7 K’s over five innings and in the June 3 win over Chelsea sophomore Kristi Skane provided 4 innings of relief that included 10 K’s.
Behind a note-worthy performance on the mound from junior pitcher Celeste Fuccillo, the Lady Tide picked up their first win of the season, topping Somerville 7-6 in the ninth inning.
A three-year starter for Everett, Fuccillo came into the match having surrendered 8 earned runs to Medford High School in the May 26 loss (14-2), but it was her bounce-back performance that stole the show and helped the Tide eke out the win.
“Celeste pitched an amazing game,” said Crimson Tide Head Coach Stacy Poste-Schiavo, who watched her ace fan 14 batters on the day. “After the Medford game, we told her she needed to lay off the outside pitches because when they came around late, they were getting a piece of the ball. She adjusted and as a result, she had 14 strikeouts and only 5 hits,” said Poste.
Crimson Tide softball opened the season Monday, coming up just short as rival Revere High School pulled off the come-from-behind victory on their home field.
Tied, 4-4, in the seventh inning, with two strikes and two outs and a man on second base, Revere hit a timely double to drive in the winning run.
Revere opened the game with a first inning home run off of Celeste Fuccillo to take the lead before the Lady Tide (0-1) stormed back with a 4-run third inning, powered by senior Macayla Bessler’s 2-run double that scored runners Haley Oteri and Kayley Rossi. Bessler also scored a run of her own on a passed ball in the inning.
The Crimson Tide, led by a capable group of senior leaders, honored first-year head coach Robert DiLoreto with a relentless work ethic amid an undefeated season. A part of this year’s crop of football seniors has already decided where they will continue their education at the next level and it’s a point of joy for DiLoreto.