A tough season ended on a tough note for the RHS softball team, as the Lady Patriots took on two strong teams, Peabody and former GBL rival Everett, both of which are tourney bound, last week.
As has been the case for most of the 2010 campaign, Revere played well enough to win both contests. The Lady Patriots received solid pitching from Sara Selevitch and played good defense behind her.
Revere took an early lead in both contests, with Cassandra Petrola notably delivering a two RBI double in the Everett game, but were unable to hold the lead both times.
The Peabody contest was highlighted by a six run rally in the bottom of the last inning that saw Revere almost come all the way back from a 10-2 deficit. The Lady Pats had held a 2-1 lead after two innings, but a a seven run uprising by Peabody in the third frame erased the Revere advantage.
After Peabody struck for two more runs in the sixth to make it 10-2, the Lady Pats mounted their charge in the seventh, scoring all of their runs with two outs and putting runners at second and third with the tying runs before a pop out ended the rally.
Ashley DiFraia, Alex Ambrosino, Courtney and Lindsay Gurska, Kat Prince, and Jess Simpson (who was 5 for 5 on the day), all had a hand in the Revere run production.
“It was nice to see the girls come back and believe that they could win it,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “Too often we’ve either surrendered a lead or fallen behind early and we seemed to give up. I think that rally showed them that they have the potential to come back from anything if they believe in themselves.”
The coach once again had high praise for Selevitch, who turned into one of the top pitchers in the NEC this season. “Sarah came on incredibly strong in the second half of the year for us,” said Ciccarello. “She epitomizes what a strong work ethic and determination can do. She pitched every week in the off season to improve and set a great example for our younger players who could see how commitment and dedication can pay off.”
Ciccarello announced that DiFraia, one of the top players in the NEC the past two years, was named to the all star team of the NEC Large School Division.