The Revere High baseball team outhit and outpitched its opponents this past week, but fell short in the one place where it counts most in the box score, that of course being the final score.
“We got some nice pitching performances, but we left men on base and made some key errors that kept us from winning,” said RHS head coach Joe Ranno.
In a 6-3 loss to Swampscott last Monday, Dom Ciambelli went all the way on the mound for the Patriots, allowing just five hits, of which three were singles. However, with the score tied at 3-3 in the fifth, a pair of errors allowed Swampscott to push across two runs.
Revere could muster only six hits, though one more than its rival, with Drew Lauria accounting for two hits and an RBI and Frank Colleran producing two hits, including a double, and two RBI.
Thursday’s 2-1 defeat at former GBL rival Malden was a true heartbreaker. Jimmy Ortiz turned in the best pitching effort of the season by a Patriot, as he threw just 61 pitches in six plus innings of work, allowing just four hits and issuing just one base on balls. “Jimmy pitched a real a gem,” said Ranno.
After Malden drew first blood with a solo marker in the fifth frame thanks to a Revere error, the Pats tied matters in the seventh when John Papasodora doubled, moved to third on a sacrifice bunt by R.J. Tiorano, and scored on a base hit by Ciambelli.
However, in the bottom of the seventh, Malden scored the game-winner for the 2-1 victory. Once again Revere outhit its opponent with seven hits, but a lack of timely hitting proved fatal to the Revere cause. Colleran had two hits, including a double, and continues to remain at the top of Northeastern Conference in hitting with a .429 average.
A 10-4 loss to Salem on Wednesday was sandwiched in between the Swampscott and Malden encounters. Once again the discrepancy in run production did not match the hits, as Salem had 10 safeties to nine for Revere.
John DiVenuti and Papasodora had two hits apiece and Colleran popped a double to pace the Patriot offense.
Ranno and his crew were rained out Monday at Lynn Classical and were shooting to make it up yesterday (Tuesday). They go to Beverly today (Wednesday) and will compete in the East Boston tourney this weekend, starting Saturday at 3:00 against Malden.
They will host Lynn English Monday and host Peabody next Wednesday.