Jimmy Ortiz turned in the first complete game of the season for the Revere High baseball team, but a lack of offense by the Patriots resulted in a 5-2 loss at Marblehead last Thursday.
Ortiz allowed just six hits in his six innings of work, throwing j95 pitches and fanning two enemy batters while walking three. After a shaky opening frame in which Marblehead jumped out to a 3-0 advantage, the junior southpaw settled down until Marblehead reached him for two additional tallies in a rally that was aided by a costly Revere fielding miscue.
His teammates meanwhile, cut the 3-0 Marblehead advantage to 3-2 with two markers in the second thanks to a base hit by Frank Colleran (who is fifth in the Northeastern Conference in hitting with a .444 average) that drove in both Revere runs. However, that would prove to be the extent of the Patriot run production on the day. Dale Paradise, Justin Donati, and Drew Lauria were the only other Revere hitters to reach base safely as the Marblehead pitcher limited the Pats to just four hits on the day.
“All around we played a good game,” said RHS head coach Joe Ranno. “We just didn’t hit the ball as well as we have in some of our other games this season.”
The contest with Marblehead would prove to be the only game that the Pats managed to get in last week. Wednesday’s tilt with Saugus was postponed because of rain and then was postponed again when the thunder and lightning struck Saturday afternoon after the teams had played two innings.
Ranno and his crew have a busy week on tap. They played at Swampscott Monday evening; host Salem today (Wednesday); travel to former GBL rival Malden Friday; and travel to Lynn Classical for a game under the lights at Fraser Field at 7:00.