In a season where they have scored their share of runs, the Revere Patriots pulled off probably their biggest win of the season by upsetting Greater Boston League frontrunner Medford, 9-6, in softball action last Wednesday at St. Mary’s Park. The loss knocked the visiting Mustangs out of a first-place league tie with Everett.
Ignited by a leadoff home run from Ally Straccia, the Patriots then got doubles from Lea Doucette and Emma Cassinello and a walk from Shayna Smith. Cassinello’s double led to two runs, and Jordan Martelli contributed a third two-bagger to drive in another tally and make it 4-0 in the opening inning.
Singles by Cassinello and Brianna Miranda led to another run on a Martelli groundout in the third. Doucette then smoked a three-run home run in the fourth to give Revere a solid 8-3 advantage. Smith doubled in Revere’s final run in the sixth inning to give the Patriots all the runs they would need, though the Mustangs did battle back to make it close.
Head Coach Megan O’Donnell praised her entire team, telling the press that the Patriots “put everything they had into this win and played as a team.” She cited the defensive effort of Riley Straccia, Arianna Keohan, Martelli and Miranda, as well as the strong pitching performance from Isabella Qualtieri, who surrendered just five hits and fanned four in her seven innings of work. Qualtieri also induced 11 ground ball outs.
Two days after the Medford win, the Patriots were close to claiming another victory last Friday before host O’Bryant rallied late in the game to win by a 6-3 score. Doubles by Qualtieri and Smith and a single by Frankie Reed helped lead to the early three-run uprising. Keohan added two hits to the Revere cause.
This week, the Patriots romped over Chelsea, 28-4, on Monday. Freshman pitcher Danni Hope-Randall fanned 14 batters and allowed just two hits to earn the victory. Revere’s offense was in high gear with 18 hits total and every player contributing to the scoring.
Moving forward, Revere played at Malden on Wednesday and are scheduled for a contest at neighboring rival Everett on Monday, May 15.