By Jerry DiStefano
The revere rockies have had a season to remember from start to finish. The Rockies finished the regular season last week on a strong note, as they won three out of four games. Revere finished the year with a 26-7 overall record, and will be the #2 seed in next week’s playoffs.
“I like the look of the team going into the playoffs,” said Revere Coach A.J Bucciarelli. “All year we had strong pitching and offense has been very productive. We’ve had guys that aren’t every day players, contribute this year and you need that once the playoffs start. The playoff schedule is quite demanding, as games are stacked on top of one another and days off are scarce. I am really looking forward to getting the playoffs started and achieving the goal that we as a team set out for at the beginning of the season.”
The Rockies started last week a 10-0 destruction of the Brighton Braves at Rogers Park. Revere starting pitcher Mike McCarthy made his first trip to the hill this season, and he didn’t disappoint (5 innings, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, 0 runs). The Rockies had a five-run second inning to blow the game wide open, as they led 6-0. Leading the way for the Rockies offense was Luis Rodriguez (5-5, 4 runs scored). Chris Santosuosso (3-5, 2 RBIs, run scored) and Carlos Ortiz (2-3, RBI, run scored) both chipped in for the Rockies.
Revere was able to inflict the same punishment to the Medford Maddogs, as Revere did to the Brighton Braves. Revere dominated Medford 8-0 at Trum Field. The Rockies put the game away early once again, as they had a five-run first inning and a three-run second inning to take a commanding 8-0 lead out of the gate. Pitcher Brian Cooper took care of the rest for the Rockies, as he went six innings, allowed three hits, and surrendered zero runs. The Revere duo of Mike Roberts and Santosuosso combined knocked in a combined five runs.
The Rockies finally surrendered a run for the first time in their last three games to the McKay Club Beacons. That is about the only positive the Beacons would take out of this game, as the Rockies defeated the Beacons 11-2 at McConnell Field. Revere scored at least one run in the first four innings of play, which propelled the Rockies to a 6-1 lead. Revere had seven different players have multi-hit games, they were: Alex Wong, (2-4, 2 runs scored); Bucciarelli, (3-4, 2 RBIs, 2 runs scored); Santosuosso, (2-5, run scored); Chris Sandini, (2-2, 2 RBIs, run scored); Nate Laliberte, (2-3, 2 RBIs); Nate Titcomb, (3-5, 3 RBIs) and Mike Lembo, (2-5, RBI, run scored).
In the Rockies last regular season game of the year against the Medford Maddogs; Revere was blanked 2-0 at Playstead Park. Medford started the season with a 4-12 record, but finished the season with a .500 record, and as one of the hottest teams in the YBL.
Despite the Rockies loss against the Maddogs, they are rolling into the playoffs as one of the most confident teams in the field. Revere will be locked up against the #7 seed South Boston Saints. The playoffs begin on Tuesday, August 13th at St. Peter’s Field in Cambridge.