Last Friday afternoon, in the final game of the regular season, the Revere High softball team lost to visiting Lynn English, 5-2. With the defeat, the Patriots final overall record was 10-10. They went 7-9 in the Northeastern Conference and were 5-5 in the NEC North division.
“We had no energy,” recalled Patriots Head Coach Joe Ciccarello. “It was our fifth game in six days and we came out flat.”
The Bulldogs scored all five of their runs in the top of the first inning. Pitcher Brianna Lauletta (4-4) then settled down and pitched four scoreless innings. She gave up nine hits, five earned runs, and no walks. The hurler struck out two.
Revere's offense had seven hits. Lindsay Gurska had an RBI single in the bottom of the third inning. Michaela Maguire had the other RBI with a single in the bottom of the fourth. No Revere hitter had more than one hit.
The news was much better at home on May 23, as they edged Medford, 3-2, to clinch a bid in the Div. 1 state tournament. Sabrina Palermo was the winning pitcher: She improved to 6-4 with a complete-game effort. She gave up the two runs, six hits, and two walks and she fanned six. “It was a good effort by her,” said Cicarello. “This was a tight game throughout.”
Gurska led the offense, going 2 for 3 with one RBI, while Maguire accounted for the other RBI. “The kids were excited afterwards. Making the tournament again was our goal.” said Ciccarello. Revere had seven hits against the Mustangs.
On May 23 the Patriots were nipped by guest Peabody, 4-3. “That was our second close loss to them,” recalled Ciccarello. “We left too many runners on base.”
Logan DiCarlo and Jackie Noel led the offense with two hits each. Palermo was the losing pitcher, going all seven innings. She gave up eight hits and two walks and she struck out seven.
The seedings came out for the Div. 1 North tournament on Tuesday, and the Patriots are the 21st seed. They will visit 12th-seeded Lexington on Friday afternoon at 3:15 for the preliminary round. The Minutemen, a team out of the Middlesex League, enter the game with a mark of 14-7.
If the Patriots can pull out the upset, they would visit Central Catholic up in Lawrence in the first round on Saturday afternoon at 4. The Raiders are the fifth seed, as their record is 17-4.