The Revere High girls softball team dropped its season opener to former Greater Boston League rival Medford, 10-5, Monday afternoon at Medford.
The contest began promisingly for the Lady Patriots, who grabbed a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. After Kat Prince was hit by a pitch to reach first, Lindsay Gurska came through with a nice sacrifice bunt to move Kat to second. Ashley DiFraia then delivered a double to bring around Prince for the opening run of the 2011 campaign.
After Ashley swiped third, Logan DiCarlo laid down a suicide squeeze to send DiFraia homeward with the second tally of the frame.
Medford chipped away with a solo run in the bottom of the first and then tied it with another marker in the second. However, the fourth inning proved fatal for the Lady Patriots as Prince, who had pitched well to that point, had control problems which eventually yielded eight Medford tallies.
Revere fought back with three runs late in the game with Nicole Palermo and Gurska keying the rally with base hits, but it proved too little, too late for the Lady Pats.
“That one inning killed us,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “Going forward, we have to be able to tighten up and prevent that from happening.”
Ciccarello and his charges have a busy week ahead as they begin their Northeastern Conference schedule. The Lady Patriots host Salem today (Wednesday) and travel to Lynn Classical Friday. The girls travel to Beverly Monday morning on the holiday and host Lynn English next Wednesday.