Revere Sports Round-Up
Upstart Lady Patriots showing well on the diamond
By Julian Cardillo
The Revere softball team should arguably be 2-0 on the season. Revere lost their opener, 7-6, to Peabody despite being ahead for most of the game and then beat Malden, 13-4, on Wednesday night for their first win of the season.
“We played a tough Peabody team, had the lead all game, a well-played game for us,” said Revere coach Joe Ciccarello. “We’re a young team overall at many positions, but we’re athletic and savvy about the game of softball.”
Ciccarello has been pleased with Olivia McManus’s performance on the mound. She was involved in a scare in the opener – she took a line drive to the knee – but stayed in the game and has been a team leader. “Shows how tough she is,” Ciccarello said. “I thought she would be done for the year. But she wants to lead this team.”
In the lineup, the Patriots have been buttressed by Alina Giuliano, Victoria Correia, Alexis Iacoviello and Adrianna Keefe.
“It’s going to be a fun year,” Ciccarello said. “Hopefully, we can win our 10 games to get the experience of playing in the state tournament.”
Revere play Belmont on Friday. “They’re like us,” Ciccarello said, “inexperienced and rebuilding.”
Revere baseball off to strong start with new coach
The Revere baseball team has a new coach in Michael Manning and are so far responding well to his leadership. Revere opened the season with a come-from-behind, 5-4 victory against East Boston before taking down Malden in game two, 6-4.
Matt Cravotta had one earned run in five innings of relief in the season opener against East Boston. He struck out six in the comeback win.
Frank Sims pitched four shutout innings against the Golden Tornadoes and had eight strikeouts. Cal Capozzi led the way offensively.
Revere, which lost 11-3 to Peabody earlier this week, will host Somerville on Monday.
The Revere boys’ track team won its first meet of the season, taking down Everett, 67-65, in a tight affair. Lucas Barbosa won the high jump and the 110 hurdles. Kevin Bardhi won the discus (88-5), and Arthur Lacerda won the 400m. Additionally, Cristian Acuna won the 800m (2:16) while Nicholas Alves won the mile (5:07.4) and Jonathan Nushi won the 2-mile.
In girls’ action, Liza Gonzalez won the triple jump (27-6 1 1/2); Chloe Giordano won the 100 hurdles (19.2); Stephanie Vu won the 400m (69.4); Olivia Novoselsky won the 800m (2:54.9); and Erika Cheever won the mile (6:23.9).
Both the boys’ and girls’ Patriots lacrosse teams are off to strong starts this season. The boys’ lax team took down Everett last Thursday to improve to 2-0 on the season. The Lady Patriots routed Salem, 16-3, then beat Saugus, 11-6, this week.
The Revere girls’ tennis team defeated Malden, 3-2, this week, improving to 1-1 on the young season.