By Julian Cardillo
The Revere softball team showed off its upstart character in the state tournament, but ultimately came short of championship glory by falling in the second round to Methuen. Methuen, which many believe has a chance to challenge for the Massachusetts D1 title, didn’t get an easy ride from the Patriots. The two teams duked it out in a back-and-forth battle with Methuen emerging on the winning end, 7-6.
“Methuen, the four-seed, are a very good team,” said Revere coach Joe Ciccarello. “But we came out swinging.”
Revere took a 3-0 lead in the first inning. Eve Lescovitz, Alexis Iacoviello and Danielle Dion each crossed the plate to put the Patriots ahead.
Methuen returned fire in the fourth and converted off a bases-loaded triple. They scored another run, making it 5-3. “We would not go away,” Ciccarello said. “We continued to show a great fight.”
Revere tied the game in the fifth via Dion’s two-out double. Dion finished the game with four doubles.
Methuen scored off an unearned run in the sixth, then Revere rallied in the sixth off a two-out single by Olivia McManus to score Lescovitz. Methuen finally put the game out of reach with back-to-back doubles from their cleanup hitters.
“Great fight and effort by our young team,” said Ciccarello. “We wouldn’t quit.”
Lescovitz and McManus were both named conference All-Stars, while Victoria Correia, a third baseman, was named to the all-tournament team.
Revere showed plenty of spirit throughout the season despite having a lineup that featured four freshmen and a sophomore. However, Correia, Melaina Polan and Madison and Mackenzie Cunningham will all graduate. Given the Patriots’ run, which also featured a 3-1 victory over Beverly in the first round of the state tournament, Ciccarello has reason to feel optimistic.
“We competed very well against one of the top teams,” he said. “We are young, but our future is bright.”