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Baseball Pats face Beverly today in playoff opener

Kyle Cummins

Notching 13 regular-season victories and earning a Div. I postseason berth turned out to be a real team effort, in every sense of the term, for this year’s Revere High School baseball team. Pretty much the entire roster made key contributions during the season.

One example of this is the team’s overall pitching effort. Eleven different Patriots appeared in a game and the team combined for a 2.24 ERA. The staff struck out 155 batters in 131 innings, and eight different pitchers earned wins.

Revere finished 13-7 overall and is hoping to ride this collective momentum into this Friday’s preliminary round contest with the Beverly Panthers (scheduled 4 p.m. start). The Patriots were surprisingly positioned rather low in the overall Div. I team rankings (they were 57th out of 64 schools). But due to their 13 wins, they received a No. 42 seeding in the tourney.

That put them up against the 23rd-seeded Panthers, who also finished 13-7 overall during the regular season. The winner of Friday’s battle will advance to take on Braintree in the Round of 32.

Chris Cassidy’s strong 17-for-31 performance at the plate to end the season symbolized Revere’s total team effort. A number of key contributors – Mike Popp, Domenic Boudreau, Kyle Cummings, Giancarlo Miro to name a few – helped lead Revere to a second-place finish in the Greater Boston League (GBL).

The Patriots ended up with an 11-3 record in the GBL and placed just one game back of league champion Lynn Classical, which sported a 12-2 league mark. Head Coach Mike Manning saw his squad finish strong when it needed to after entering the final stretch with a 7-6 record. Revere won six of its last seven regular-season games and outscored the opposition by an impressive 47-18 margin during that span.

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