Although the Revere High baseball team dropped three games during the past week, the Patriots showed some encouraging signs of possible good things to come.
After falling by a 9-0 margin in the season opener last Wednesday at Lynn Classical in which Classical’s hurler Gauthier spun a perfect game, fanning 12 Patriots, until senior Frank Colleran ruined the no hit bid with a base hit in the bottom of the seventh, the Revere bats came progressively more alive in their next two encounters.
In a 6-3 loss to Salem on Saturday, Colleran went 2 for 4 with an RBI and John DiVentui had two hits, including a double and an RBI.
Freshman Tom Portrait turned in a fine job on the mound in his first varsity start as he went four innings and allowed just five hits while fanning four Salem hitters.
Monday’s battle with Beverly on the holiday morning saw Revere spot the Panthers a 10-2 lead, only to battle back before falling short by an 11-10 decision.
Colleran enjoyed another fine day at the plate with two hits, including a double and RBI. DiVenuti also had two hits with an RBI. R.J. Tiorano went 2 for 4 with a double and drove home two teammates.
Brandon Mandell socked a solo homer in the final inning that made it 11-10, but the Pats were unable to make it all the way back.
Jim Ortiz pitched for four and two thirds innings and Chris Palladino finished up. However, some Revere fielding miscues proved costly and allowed unearned Beverly runs to cross the plate that ultimately proved the difference.
“We’re hitting the ball, which certainly is a good sign,” said RHS head coach Joe Ranno. “But we need to tighten up our defense if we’re going to win some ballgames.”
The RHS baseball team travels to Lynn English today (Wednesday) and then to N.E. Voke Friday for a non league encounter. The Pats stay on the road to Peabody Monday and to Gloucester Wednesday before returning home to face Winthrop next Friday.