Mustangs Baseball, Softball Stay Red-Hot
The Medford High spring sports teams have galloped out of the gate across the board this season. Here's a look at how the locals fared last week.
The Spring season continued around the fields of play in the city of Medford last week, with action across multiple arenas. With rain interrupting things a bit last week throughout the area, the wet weather didn’t put a damper on MHS’ student athletes one bit.
Medford High’s diamond denizens are both of to quick starts, and have yet to lose a game.
Baseball looking like a powerhouse
The Mustangs (4-0) blasted the Waltham Hawks 17-4 on April 11, winning their third straight.
Thomas Flores was 3-for-4 with 4 RBI—including his first career home run—while Chris Hayes went 2-for-3, Mike Pizzi was 2-for-4 and Dan Gilchrist went 2-for-3 with a HR ad 3 RBI.
Salvati got the start and went four innings, giving way to Andrew Ferrazani and Joe Papalardo, who finished the job.
Next up for Medford was a trip to face non-league rivals Stoneham on April 15.
Danny Gilchrist (2-0) continued making a case for himself as the ace of the Mustangs staff, as he fanned 11 Spartans as Medford prevailed 3-1. Gilchrist has recorded 20 k’s in his first two starts.
Chris Hayes plated a pair for the Mustangs, who will now face fierce rivals Malden in the first resumption of border war hostilities this season on Monday at 10am.
Softball following suit
The Mustangs (5-0) have yet to be held below 10 runs in a game this season, and have yet to be stopped on the field. They played an astounding four games last week and earned victory in all of them.
First on the docket was former Greater Boston League foes Revere on April 11.
Led by the big bat of freshman phenom Sarah Donnelly, the Mustangs hammered out a 10-5 win at Tufts Park.
Donnelly keyed an eight-run fourth inning for Medford, plating two with a double, and after the team batted around, a line drive that knocked in two more. Donnelly finished the day going 2-for-3 with 4 RBI.
Junior hurler Rayann Staude turned in a complete game, seven strikeout performance from the hill, and singled and scored a run.
Jackie Pellecchia (4 SB), Victoria Luongo (triple) and Kristina Bove (2 RBI) also aided the attack.
Next it was a meeting with the Spy Ponders of Arlington on April 12.
The Mustangs won a wild back and forth shootout against Arlington, coming from behind no less than three times before winning 13-11. Medford hammered out 21 hits in the performance. Kasey Moran posted 4 hits and 4 RBI in the win.
Medford then faced Framingham on April 15 and Winchester on April 16. Four games, four days. It’s fatiguing just to type it, but it didn’t slow the Lady Mustangs down one iota. In fact, after they dismantled both the Flyers and the Sachems by a combined score of 29-11, it’s looking like the only thing that can cut the Medford bats down to size is a band saw, or a termite infestation.
The defending GBL champion Golden Tornadoes will be hoping the arm of Boston Globe All Scholastic pitcher Kiara Amos can fill in for one of the aforementioned items when the two teams play a pivotal league game on Tuesday at Tufts Park.
Boys and Girls Lax on the right track
After beating Malden 13-7 at Pine Banks Park on April 11, the Mustangs (4-0) lacrosse team completed the first leg of its GBL title defense with a 16-1 rout of Cambridge Rindge & Latin on April 14.
As usual, Olivia Timmins led the charge for Medford with 6 goals and 2 assists. That brings her YTD totals to a staggering 20 goals and 7 assists—in just four games. Timmins looks like a mortal lock to lead the GBL in scoring this season.
Other contributors included senior captain Mady Forcier (2 goals), Alana Viveiros (goal, assist), Leigh Williams (goal), Amanda Goguen (2 goals), Christina Vickers (2 goals, assist) and Jamie deRosas (goal, 2 assists). Kathleen Harding, Deanna Cavallaro and Katie O’Brien all added assists.
Junior Bianca Nargi recorded the first goal of her career, and what a goal it was. Nargi executed an artful quick-stick, burying the ball in the back of the net to open her high school account.
Netminder Rachel Keen recorded 8 saves in the win.
On the boys side of the field, the Mustangs bounced back from their season-opening loss against Framingham in fine fashion with a pair of GBL wins, bringing them halfway to a third consecutive GBL crown.
Medford downed Malden 13-0 on April 12, then dismantled CRLS 11-1 on April 14.
Medford looks like a force to be reckoned with, and appear to be headed in the right direction.
Girls Tennis gets border war win
The Mustangs defeated fierce GBL rivals Malden on April 14 at Dugger Park by a 4-1 score.
The Golden Tornadoes took the points at first singles, but Katie Bowler dropped Natalie Fallano in the second spot via straight sets, 6-2, 6-2, while Bailey Lee handled Malden’s Wendy Tse at third singles, 6-4, 4-6, 6-4.
Stephanie Ngyen and Jen Uang won 7-5, 6-3 at first double, while Michelle Ngyen and Diana Hein took second doubles, 4-6, 6-2, 6-4.
Medford squares off against Matignon tomorrow morning.