In what really isn’t much of a surprise decision, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced all private and public schools in the state will be closed for the remainder of the academic school year. The announcement has forced the Massachusetts Interscholastic Athletic Association (MIAA) to reconvene and address the spring high school sports season.
Previously, the MIAA announced a tentative plan to hold a shortened spring sports season with 8–12 games scheduled per team from May 4 through June 27, including an approved playoff format that would crown sectional champions based on region rather than an overall state champion like years past.
But since schools will no longer open in May, and other states also clamping their school doors for the academic year, that plan will need to be re-evaluated or squashed all together in what surely will be an unprecedented moment for the MIAA and high school sports across the state and country.
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.
For the second consecutive year – and the 20th time over the past 21 seasons – Everett High School softball will compete for a state championship in the division 1 MIAA tournament.
The Lady Tide (11-6) picked up their 10th win, the magic number to clinch a playoff berth, with a, 14-0, thrashing of Waltham on Friday. They followed that triumph up on Saturday in Salem, coming out on top, 9-6, behind timely hitting (10 hits in the second inning) and a strong performance on the mound.
Friday’s victory over Waltham was the cherry on top for a small group of seniors that were honored before the game as part of the team’s Senior Night celebration at Glendale Park. Included in the group of graduating athletes were four-year starter Kaylee Nearen, Yalixa Colon, Rachel Zullo and Sidney Hennessey.
The bullpen combination of Ariana Garay (7-0, 1.83 ERA), who picked up her second shutout in the win over Waltham, and Celeste Fuccillo, who fanned 9 batters against Salem and leads the team with 50 Ks, proved to be the driving forces in both wins.