Greater than the Competition

April 29, 2011
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The Everett High baseball team earned a pair of victories over Greater Boston League rivals Somerville and Cambridge this past week.

Coach Joe Marchese’s squad clubbed a young Somerville team by a 19-0 margin last Wednesday in which the Crimson Tide dominated all aspects of the encounter. The pitching duo of Chris DiNapoli (four innings) and Matt Costello (one IP) struck out all 15 Somerville batters they faced to record a no hitter over the five innings they worked.

At the plate a plethora of Crimson Tide hitters enjoyed fine days, led by Chris McCarthy, who was a perfect three for three with two walks, three runs scored, and five RBI, including a three round homer that he blasted over left field.

Matt Cafarella belted a grand slam roundtripper; Shaun McGrath contributed two hits, a run and three RBI; DiNapoli helped his own cause with three hits, three runs, and a ribbie; Brian Halfelder had three hits, two runs, and an RBI; Cody Skeffington chipped in with two hits; and Shawn Doyle accounted for two hits, two runs, and three RBI.

Everett had a tougher time the next day at Cambridge, but came away with a well played 6-2 victory. Crimson Tide ace hurler McGrath scattered nine hits over the seven inning route, fanning seven and walking three to raise his record to 3-0 on the season.

McCarthy swung a big bat once again with three hits and a walk and scored a run. Halfelder had two hits and scored twice. A key offensive play in the contest came in the two run Everett fourth that made it a 4-1 ballgame. With one run already in, Doyle laid down a one-out suicide squeeze that brought Skeffington racing across the plate.

Marchese and his crew, who now are 4-1 overall (2-0 in the GBL) were set to host non league rival Xaverian yesterday (Tuesday) and will entertain Malden tomorrow. They host Medford next Tuesday and Somerville next Thursday, a string of three straight GBL contests that will say a lot about the GBL title picture.