A new season with a new coach will get underway for the Everett High baseball team when the Crimson Tide boys of spring open their 2013 campaign Monday evening under the lights at Fraser Field against non-league foe Lynn Classical.
“So far, so good,” has been the assessment of first year head coach Joe Lento, who has served for the past four seasons as an assistant to Joe Marchese, who has taken a leave of absence from the coaching reigns. “We have a solid core of seniors returning who will provide us with great leadership,” said Lento.
Among some key returning lettermen from last season are pitcher Zerif Pajazetovic; left fielder Matt Pothier, who also will see a lot of action on the mound; centerfielder Shawn Doyle; shortstop Mack Singleton; rightfielder Jamel Vilmont; and pitcher Lawrence Falter.
Lento and his crew were set to engage in scrimmages at Newton South tomorrow (Thursday) and Saturday at Lexington.
With Glendale Park undergoing renovations, the Crimson Tide’s first few games will be on the road until the Florence Street ballfield hopefully can be made ready.
After Monday’s season opener, the Crimson Tide will trek to Methuen next Saturday.
Softball team opens season tomorrow
The Everett High softball team will open its 2013 season tomorrow (Thursday) afternoon at 4:00 when the Lady Crimson Tide travel to Melrose for a non-league encounter.
A major obstacle that has been facing the team this season has been the lack of a playing field because of the reconstruction of Glendale Park. Coach Stacy Poste’s squad has been playing indoors and unable to get outside for practice sessions.
“We hope to be playing at the Lafayette School fields this season,” said Poste. “The Parks Department is trying to remove the grass infield, but has been unable to do so because of the snow and moisture of the fields. Hopefully, with our first five games being away, the field will be ready after the vacation. In the meantime, Kevin Noonan, head of the Parks Department, is trying to find a field for us to practice on because being indoors is not conducive to actual play.”
Poste has eight returnees from last year, but only four were starters, pitcher Francesca Perreault, first baseman Alea Martinelli, Janyne Sierra (who will play either in the infield or outfield), and catcher Samantha Batres.
“Many players who are returning or who have moved up from the junior varsity will be fighting for a starting position,” noted Poste.
The complete Lady Crimson Tide roster for the 2013 season consists of Samantha Batres, Victoria Burge, Alicia Cataldo, Regina DeSimone, Elizabeth Gerace, Kylie Jepson, Mariana Miranda, Alea Martinelli, Alicia Mirra, Yemi Okhihan, Francesca Perreault, Talia Riccioli,Janyne Sierra, Jess Wade, Sophia Marchant, and Talia Mirra.
After tomorrow’s opener, the Lady Crimson Tide will travel to Lexington Monday.