The Revere High boys tennis team enjoyed a successful week, winning two matches against opponents from the South Division of the Northeastern Conference and taking the lead in a third match before it was “hailed out.”
The Patriots opened the week with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Winthrop in a match that was the tennis version of a marathon. Revere and Winthrop dueled for more than three hours, but it was the Patriots who emerged victorious.
Mladen Pepic, playing at second singles, gutted out a come from behind, 5-7, 6-4, 6-4 win, as did Nick Mucci at third singles, 4-6, 7-5, 7-5. The first doubles tandem of Soun Lee and Duong Nguyen also pulled out a tight three setter, 7-5, 2-6, 7-5, to clinch the Revere triumph.
Nick Tran fell at first singles, 1-6, 2-6, while the second doubles duo of Sela Leng and William Truong saw their match shortened on account of darkness. They dropped the first set, 6-7 (4-7), and won the second set, 6-3. With the score tied at 3-3 in the third set, they played a tiebreaker, which Winthrop won 3-7 to conclude the match.
“It was a great match and a lot of fun,” said RHS head coach Mike Flynn. “But our boys hung tough and pulled out the victory.”
The Pats’ next encounter with Lynn English proved to be a breeze in a 5-0 shutout in which Revere did not lose a set: Tran was a 6-1, 6-1 winner; Pepic triumphed 7-5, 6-1; Mucci won 6-3, 7-6 (7-5); Lee/Nguyen cruised 7-5, 6-0; and Leng/Truong completed the sweep, 6-2, 6-2.
The match with Salem was called midway through it when a brief hail storm made the surface unplayable. The match will resume where it left of with Revere ahead of all the matches that had gotten underway.
Flynn and his crew, who now are 2-1 overall, travel to Gloucester tomorrow (Thursday) and to Lynn Classical Monday.
Softball team defeats Beverly
The Revere High softball team put together a strong pitching effort from Sabrina Palermo and timely hitting from Lindsay Gurska, Michaela Maguire, and Logan DiCarlo to come away with a fine 7-2 win over Beverly on Friday.
Palermo went the full seven inning distance, yielding seven hits and two earned runs while fanning six.
“Sabrina pitched a great game for us,” said RHS head Coach Joe Ciccarello. “We also hit the ball well and played excellent defense. It was total team effort all the way.”
However, the Lady Patriots did not fare as well in losses of 8-2 to Lynn Classical last Wednesday and 9-0 to Lynn English on the holiday Monday. The Classical contest was a 1-1 affair going into the sixth. Palermo once again was in charge on the mound and her team played staunch defense behind her. However, some costly errors allowed Classical to put up seven runs, five of them unearned, to break the game open in the fateful sixth.
As for the English game, Ciccarello was not pleased with his team’s effort. “I’ve told the girls that unless they come ready to play with a lot of energy, we will not be successful,” said the coach.
The Lady Patriots play at Salem today (Wednesday) and at Medford tomorrow morning at 10:00. They travel to Peabody Monday.
Tough week for RHS baseball team
The Revere High baseball team came out on the short end of both of its contests this past week, falling to Lynn Classical and Beverly. Both games were close affairs going into the late innings, but costly miscues by the Patriots allowed big innings by their opponents that broke the games open.
“We have to cut down on our mistakes,” said RHS head coach Nick Faggas. “But we’re a young team and we’re still upbeat. There’ll be a bit of learning curve for a while, but hopefully we’ll improve and begin to win some games as the season progresses.”
Tom Portrait pitched well for Revere against Classical, allowing just two hits and two earned runs in his four innings of work. Jimmy Ortiz drove in three runs for the Pats.
Noah Jaynes pitched well in the Beverly tilt, trailing 4-3 after four innings. But a misplayed fly ball with two outs in the fifth opened the proverbial floodgates
Tom McDonald went two for three with a double and three RBI.
Revere will be back in action today (Wednesday) hosting Salem at 10:00. Faggas and crew travel to Northeast Regional Friday and entertain Peabody Monday.