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Revere softball team suffers heartbreaking loss in state tournament

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The Revere High School softball team couldn’t do what they did in the regular season and beat Medford in the post-season, as the Patriots fell, 7-5, in extra innings in the first round of the state tournament last Friday at Griswold Park. Revere bested the Mustangs, 5-4, in the regular season, but the playoffs were a different story.

Medford garnered a 1-0 lead in the first inning, scoring off a sacrifice fly to right. Patriots pitcher Olivia McManus, the go-to starter throughout the campaign, then gave up a solo home run to Medford’s Kimberly Scanlon to start the fourth inning and make it 2-0. Medford added another run on a passed ball later in the inning.

“We started shaky, but, down 3-0, we didn’t give up,” said Patriots coach Joe Ciccarello. “We made a comeback.”

Revere took advantage of a few fielding errors in the fifth and sixth innings to mount a rally. They scored three in those two innings to get back in the game, as Medford narrowly escaped by tagging out Jordan Sullivan at third, who was trying to stretch a double into a triple.

“Same as we did a few times this season, we committed some base-running errors,” Ciccarello said. “But the chances were there. We had a ton.”

Revere managed to force extra innings, though the game ended in the ninth as Scanlon made the Patriots pay once more. She converted an RBI triple to put the game away and hand the Patriots a loss in the first round of the post-season for the first time in Ciccarello’s tenure.

Ciccarello said he was proud of his team’s efforts throughout the season, especially since he lost so many starters from last year. “It was supposed to be a rebuilding year but we made the playoffs, won as many games and scored more runs,” Ciccarello said. “That’s retooling, not rebuilding … There were tears obviously, it was sad for the team, but I just wanted to communicate to the seniors that we’re proud of them and their character. Winning is important to our program, but having pride in representing Revere once you put the jersey on is what matters most.”

Revere graduates seven seniors: Vanessa Puopolo (Mount Ida College), Victoria Puopolo (North Shore), Elizabeth Lake (Boston College), Andrea Lauria (New Hampshire), Giana Berkowitz (Salem State), Tia Fichera (Florida) and Samantha Woodman (Emmanuel College). Vanessa Puopolo was a league All-Star and won the Patriot Award for dedication to the softball program; Lake won the Coaches Award; Berkowitz won the unsung hero award.

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