DiCarlo, Palermo pace softball team to win
Sabrina Palermo struck out 12 enemy batters and Logan DiCarlo slammed a single, double, and triple for two RBI and a run to lead the Revere High softball team to a 5-4 win at Medford Monday afternoon.
“It was a gutsy win,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello, whose squad trailed 1-0 after five innings, moved out to a 5-1 lead after scoring two runs in the sixth and three in the seventh, and then fended off a Medford comeback bid in the bottom of the seventh to pull out the dramatic victory.
Palermo proved especially tough in the final frame, as Medford loaded the bases with none out and eventually pushed across three runs to make it a 5-4 contest with a runner on third and just one out. However, Sabrina fanned the final two Medford hitters to hold on for the triumph.
“Sabrina fell behind the hitters for most of the game, but she dug deep when she had to,” said Ciccarello of his sophomore hurler, who also got out of a bases-loaded, none-out jam in the second inning in relatively unscathed fashion, yielding just one Medford tally.
The Revere bats were fairly silent through the first five innings, with only DiCarlo managing to hit the ball hard with a triple. However, in the sixth stanza the Lady Patriots finally broke through when Christina Stella and DiCarlo both singled, setting the table for freshman Julianna Cecere, who roped a double that brought across both of her teammates to give Revere a 2-1 advantage.
The Lady Patriots added to their margin in the top of the seventh, scoring three runs, all of which proved crucial. Ally Hinajosa accounted for the first marker with some heads-up baserunning. After reaching first on a base hit and moving to second, a sacrifice bunt by a teammate turned into a dash to home when Ally rounded third on the play and, seeing a scoring opportunity, never stopped running as she sprinted across the plate.
After two more Lady Patriots reached base, DiCarlo stepped up to deliver what would prove to be the winning runs with a solid double for two RBI to make it 5-1.
The victory evened the Lady Patriots’ record at 1-1 on the season. The Revere girls dropped an 8-2 decision at Westford Academy Friday in their season opener. DiCarlo and Stella provided the RBI base hits for Revere.
Ciccarello and his crew were set to take on Lynn Classical yesterday (Tuesday) and travel to Beverly Friday. For the vacation week, the Lady Patriots will host Lynn English on the holiday Monday at 10:00, host Salem Wednesday at 4:00, and host Medford next Friday at 10:00.
Sahila wins three events, boys track wins season opener
Karim Sahila won three individual events, racking up 15 points, to pace the Revere High boys track team to a commanding 84-45 win over Danvers in their season opener last week.
Karim captured the 400 low hurdles in a time of 59.9, the 110 high hurdles in 17.0, and the triple jump with a combined leap of 39-7 feet.
Sahila was one of a host of Patriot performers who turned in outstanding performances on the day. Other first place finishers were John DelloRusso in the two mile run in 11:10; Younes Hartout in the 100 meter dash in 11.9; Kristi Nushi in the mile in 5:08; Zack Primo in the 400 in 47.7; Bobby Rose in the 200 dash in 23.9; Tarik Maddrey with a high jump of 6-0; Johnny Lopes in the long jump; and Joey Ritchie with a javelin toss of 126-0.
In addition, the 4 x100 quartet of Lopes, Rose, Hartout, and Ritchie sped to victory in 47.7.
The senior duo of Rose and Ritchie also excelled in other events to add valuable points to the Revere scoresheet. Bobby R. took thirds in the high jump and the long jump, while Joey R. added thirds in the 100 dash (in 12.0 in a very close race) and triple jump. All told, each scored points in four events on the day.
Lopes had a banner day as well, adding a second place finish in the 400 dash in 47.9 to contribute a total of 9.25 points to the Revere tally.
Other point scorers for Revere were Sala Barhoum with a second in the two mile in 11:20; Maddrey with a third in the high hurdles in 18.4; Frank Davidson with a third in the mile 5:21; Rawlings Toglon with a second in the 800 in 2:17; Mo Benzadok with a third in the 800 in 2:27; Chea Bourlaing with a third in the 200 dash; Omar Morales with a second in the shotput with a heave of 45-8 and a third in the discus with a twirl of 105-0; and Sery Morm with a third in the javelin.
RHS boys tennis team opens season
Although the Revere High boys tennis team dropped its season opener to Peabody, 3-2, RHS head coach Mike Flynn was pleased with his team’s performance.
“We were competitive in every match,” said Flynn. “Everybody played hard and gave it their best. Overall we played well.”
The duo of senior captain Brian Monroy and Satyah Som, playing at second doubles, earned a win in come-from-behind fashion, 3-6, 6-2, 6-0, over their Peabody counterparts. “Brian and Satyah dropped their first set, but really came on strong to win their match,” noted Flynn.
Senior captain Mladen Pepic, playing at first singles, fell by a score of 6-2, 6-0, while fellow senior captain Nick Mucci dropped his match at second singles, 7-5, 6-3. Ryan Tran and Danny Talic, playing at first doubles, came out on the short end of their hard-fought match, 7-6 (7-5), 6-3.
Revere was credited with a point at the third singles slot thanks to a forfeit by Peabody.
Flynn and his crew, whose home matches are at the Gibson Park courts at the Point of Pines, are in the midst of a busy opening week. They were set to play at Winthrop yesterday (Tuesday); trek to Lynn Classical today; and host Salem tomorrow.
Jaynes spins three hitter, but Pats fall short in opener
The Revere High baseball team turned in what head coach Nick Faggas termed “our best game in the past two seasons,” but the Patriots fell short by a 3-2 margin to Cambridge in extra innings in their season opener Friday afternoon at Tony Conigliaro Field.
Sophomore pitcher Noah James tossed an outstanding game and deserved a better fate, as the righthander went all eight innings, allowing just three hits while fanning seven and walking none.
“Noah was superb,” said Faggas. “He pitched a brilliant game. but we made a few mistakes and it cost us.”
Revere grabbed a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Jon Papasodora singled, moved to second on a sacrifice by Curtis Charido, and then came home on an RBI base hit by Kyle Norton.
Cambridge pushed across two runs in the fourth with the benefit of just one hit. A passed ball on a strikeout and an error on a ground ball accounted for the two Cambridge baserunners who eventually scored.
However, the Patriots fought back to knot the score at 2-2 in the seventh frame to force the contest into extra innings. Dylan Kalloch walked and moved to second on another hit by Norton. Although Kyle was picked off first base, Jonathan Van Buskirk delivered a base hit that brought in Kalloch with the tying tally.
After Van Buskirk moved to second, Jake D’Angelo stroked a two-out base hit to right. Van Buskirk was given the green light to come home, but a perfect throw to the plate by the Cambridge rightfielder cut down the winning run.
Cambridge notched the go-ahead marker in the top of the eighth with a two out rally on an infield hit and a triple to the opposite field that just fell inside the right field chalk line.
The Patriots had a chance to score in their half of the seventh, placing a runner on base, but could not get him home with the equalizer.
“The team’s level of improvement over last year is very noticeable,” said Faggas. “Many members of the team played summer baseball and attended captains’ practices. and their hard work has paid off. We’ll continue working on our defense and if we get strong pitching, it should be a fun season. We’re very upbeat about the coming year.”
The Pats are set to host Lynn Classical today (Wednesday) and will entertain Beverly Friday. They will travel to Lynn English on the holiday Monday.