Neither team sent a runner across the plate through three innings before Everett managed a run in the top of the fourth. Cleanup hitter Tori Cyrus (3 for 5, 5 RBI) drove in in first baseman Alea Mortinelli before getting thrown out at home trying to stretch her hit into a home run.
Latin Academy answered in the bottom half of the inning after stringing together two hits and taking advantage of a few passed balls.
Everett’s offense got going in the fifth inning and scored four runs. It was the hitters’ third time at the plate and they managed to figure out Latin Academy pitcher Sydney McGrath. The Crimson Tide strung together four hits, led by Mortinelli.
She picked up two RBIs in the inning with a hard single down the right field line.
“She usually goes 3 for 4. She’s one of the quickest ones on the team. Anytime she’s up people always expect her to be on base,” Everett coach Stacy Poste-Schravo said.
McGrath retired the side in the sixth. She finished with four strikeouts and four walks over seven innings, and allowed 13 hits.
Everett blew the game open in the top of the seventh with 13 runs on six hits. It sent 18 batters to the plate, and the first nine hitters scored before Latin Academy was able to get an out.
“They like to wait until the end to hit, usually the fifth inning,” Poste-Schravo said.
“The thing is one girl gets a hit and then they all start following. It’s like a little bit of confidence for them.”
Crimson Tide pitcher Franki Perreault pitched seven innings, striking out six, with no walks. She allowed five hits.
“She’s coming off of a broken shin last year and she’s good. She’s gotten stronger as the games have gone on,” said Poste-Schravo. “She bears down when she needs to and she has a strong defense behind her when they do make contact.”
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