By Jerry DiStefano
Despite the Revere Rockies having a great deal of turnover from last year to this year, the combination of youth and experience has propelled Revere not only to another 4-0 record last week, but to a 23-6 overall record through 29 games in 2013.
“We had a lot of turnover at the end of last year and brought in a bunch of new guys for this year to add to the group of veteran leaders we already had,” said Revere Coach A.J. Bucciarelli. He added, “This season has had its lulls due to rainouts… Our depth has been instrumental [in] why we have had such great success this season. It is a great mix of guys and I couldn’t be happier about the way we have played all year.”
The Rockies started last week with a stiff test from the Brighton Black Sox at Chelsea High Field. Brighton broke the scoreless tie in the top of the third inning and took a 1-0 lead over Revere. Chris Sandini was on the hill for the Rockies and once again had a great performance on the mound (six innings, three hits, one run, and 10 strikeouts). The Rockies still found themselves down 1-0 late in the game despite Sandini being dominant on the mound. Revere took their first lead of the game in the bottom of the sixth inning. Adam Del Rio reached base on an error to start the inning off for Revere. Chris Hartery followed with a double to left center that scored Del Rio and tied the game at 1-1. Chris Santosuosso then moved Hartery to third and set the stage for Pete Oggeri. With one out and the infield in, Oggeri lined the game-winning single up the middle that scored Hartery. This was Oggeri’s second game winning RBI in as many games. Ian Titcomb relieved Sandini in the seventh inning and had a 1-2-3 inning to preserve a 3-2 Rockies win.
Revere took on the Malden Bulldogs two days later and had no problems dismantling them to the tune of 15-1 at Maplewood Field. It was a well-rounded effort: Revere scored a run in every inning except one. Leading the way for the Rockies was the trio of Hartery (2-2, two doubles, three RBIs, two runs scored); Santosuosso (2-5, RBI, run scored); and Luis Rodriguez (reached base five times, two RBIs, four runs scored, four stolen bases). Alex Wong started on the mound for the Rockies and picked up his fifth win of the year (five innings, two hits, one run, five strikeouts).
Revere took their momentum from the Malden game and displayed it against the Brighton Minutemen: The Rockies were able to extinguish the Minutemen, 18-4, at Ronan Park. Revere found themselves down 3-1 going into the top of the third inning. The Rockies exploded for a five-run third inning and took command, 6-3. The Rockies went on to outscore the Minutemen, 17-1, after the second inning. Oggeri had another monster day at the plate for the Rockies (4-4, home run, double, five RBIs). Revere’s Adam Blaha took the mound for the first time in 2,558 days and picked up the win in his first career YBL start. Blaha went five innings, allowed five hits, surrendered three runs, and struck out two.
Revere ended their week the same way they started it, with a game against the Brighton Black Sox. Once again the Black Sox gave the Rockies all they could handle, but Revere was able to squeak by (3-1) at Revere High School. It was a different story this time around. Oggeri hit a two-run single in the bottom of the first inning that scored Hartery and Santosuosso to give the Rockies a quick 2-0 lead. Revere never trailed in this game and added an insurance run in the bottom of the fifth inning on an RBI single by Rodriguez. Starting pitcher John Young took care of the rest for Revere: He went five innings, allowed zero runs and just one hit, and struck out seven.
Revere will play their next game on Saturday night against the Malden Bulldogs.