On Sunday afternoon the Revere High softball team's season came to an end: They lost at Central Catholic, 12-3, in the first round of the Div. 1 North state tournament up in Lawrence.
With the defeat, the 21st-seeded Patriots ended up at 11-11 overall. The fifth-seeded Raiders, meanwhile, edged Lowell, 2-1, in nine innings in the quarterfinals on Tuesday to improve to 19-4. They will play today (Friday) at 5 in the semifinals at Martin Field in Lowell.
“The score didn't indicate how close the game was,” said Patriots Head Coach Joe Ciccarello, afterwards. “We were leading, 2-1, heading into the fifth inning.”
In the top of the second inning Michaela Maguire (2 for 3) singled and scored on a two-run homer to left field by Lindsay Gurska. Central scored once in the bottom of the fourth and then erupted for eight runs in the bottom of the fifth. Revere scored once in the top of the sixth on a fielder’s choice by Alex Ambrosino, but the Raiders plated three more runs in the bottom of the sixth.
Sabrina Palermo was the losing pitcher as she went 5 1/3 innings. She gave up eight runs, nine hits, and one walk and struck out three. Brianna Lauletta pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, allowing four runs on five hits.
Olivia Antczak was the winning pitcher, going all seven innings. She gave up three runs and five hits while striking out 14. She also helped her own cause at bat with two hits and two runs batted in.
Leslie Moore led Central, going 3 for 4 with one RBI. Karoline Leavitt had the big blow of the fifth with a three-run triple.
In the preliminary round game last Friday afternoon, the visiting Patriots upset Lexington, 2-0. Palermo was the story in this game: She had a two-hitter in a complete-game effort. The ninth-grader also walked just one Minuteman batter.
Both Patriots’ runs came in the top of the fifth inning. With the bases plugged, Gurska had an RBI single to score Jackie Noel. Maguire then singled home Cassandra DiBella to make it 2-0.
Lexington, who was the 12th-seed, ended up at 14-8 overall with the loss.
It was the second year in a row that the Patriots have won the preliminary game in the states. “It was an awesome win,” stated Ciccarello. “It made our year. That was a team that won the state title just a couple of years ago.”
Ciccarello was also pleased with the defensive play of shortstop Logan DiCarlo and second baseman Christina Stella. “Both of them played very well,” he stated.