Softball Team Improves to 5-4 with a Pair of NEC Victories

May 4, 2011
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The Revere High softball team won two of its three games this past week to go above .500 with a 5-4 record.

The Lady Patriots, who had won three straight contests the previous week, exploded last week for two more victories of 10-0 and 10-5 against Northeastern Conference rivals Gloucester and Winthrop.

Lady Patriot starting hurler Briana Lauletta tossed six masterful innings against Gloucester last Wednesday, allowing just three hits, fanning seven and, impressively, walking none.

Her teammates gave her all the support she would need with three tallies in the bottom of the opening inning, from where the Lady Patriots built onto their advantage, eventually icing the contest with four markers in the sixth.

Ashley DiFraia, Nicole Palermo, and Jackie Noel led the Revere offensive barrage with three hits apiece, with DiFraia banging a triple and accounting for three RBI. Kat Prince played a key role in the win with two hits and two runs scored and Michaela Maguire had a double.

Sabrina Palermo came on in the final frame and set down Gloucester in order with two strikeouts.

Friday’s big 10-5 triumph over Winthrop saw the Lady Patriots once again start fast, moving out to a 6-2 lead in the third inning. Although Winthrop closed the gap to 6-5 in its half of the third, the Revere girls scored once in the fifth and thrice in the sixth to pull away for the triumph.

Lauletta once again pitched six innings, allowing four earned runs. Palermo then took over again in the seventh and ended the game with three ground outs.

Prince set the table from her lead off spot with two hits and three runs scored. Nicole Palermo had two hits and two RBI and Lindsay Gurska delivered a big blow in the second with a bases loaded double that brought home all of her teammates.

Cassandra Zullo also played a key role at the plate, laying down a pair of perfect bunts that produced two runs.

“We were pumped coming into the Winthrop game because any game for Revere against Winthrop always is a big one,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “We knew Winthrop had a good team and a good pitcher, but we were aggressive at the plate and it paid off for us.”

However, the Lady Patriots’ five game winning streak came to an end Monday with a 14-8 loss to Danvers that was much closer than that final score might indicate.

Indeed, the Lady Patriots were holding an 8-7 advantage with two outs in the sixth when the proverbial roof caved in and seven Danvers runners came across the plate.

Ashley D. once again swung the heavy lumber, banging out three doubles and driving in two runs. Logan DiCarlo (two RBI) and Noel had two hits each, while Palermo swatted a two base hit.

“We need to win the close games,” said Ciccarello. “We’re swinging the bat really well, but we have to be able to hang on in the late innings against the good teams when we have the lead.”

Ciccarello and his squad travel to face undefeated Saugus today (Wednesday) and host Marblehead Saturday at 2:00. They will entertain  Swampscott Monday, travel to Salem next Wednesday evening, and then return home next Friday night for a game under the lights at Hill Park  against their former Greater Boston League rival the Medford Mustangs.

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