The Revere High baseball continues to hit the ball well, but thus far has been unable to find success in the pitching department.
A case in point was last Wednesdayâ€™s 8-5 loss to Marblehead, in which the Patriots grabbed an early 4-0 lead, but were unable to keep their opponents at bay the rest of the way.
Revere erupted for four runs in the second inning. Dom Terenzi, who continues on a tear and is among the top hitters in the Northeastern Conference, led off with a triple and promptly came home on a base hit by Jay Sasso. Another base hit by Chris Adreani and a double by Jonathan Chiarelli produced two more runs, setting the stage for a three bagger by Chris Mastropietro that made it a 4-0 ball game.
However, Marblehead got it all back and then some with six runs in the third to take a 6-4 lead. The Pats closed the gap to 6-5 with a solo marker in the fifth on an RBI base hit by Joe Stasio that brought in Terenzi, who had walked, but Marblehead responded with two tallies in the sixth to account for the 8-5 finale.
On Friday, the Pats showed some more offense against Saugus, but once again came up on the shot end of a 10-4 decision. Mastropietro blasted a three-run homer in the sixth frame, and Terenzi had two hits. Anthony Gulizia went two for two with an RBI.
Terenzi now is batting an even .500, which is bettered by Richie Palladinoâ€™s .522 mark (though Rich may not qualify to be rated among the NECâ€™s top hitters because 25 at bats now are needed to qualify, and he has only 23 official ABs).
â€œItâ€™s been frustrating for us,â€ said RHS head coach Joe Ranno. â€œWe have a .311 team average and basically are hitting the ball as well as anybody else in the league. But weâ€™re still looking to find the right mix of pitching.â€
Ranno and his crew have a busy stretch ahead. The Pats were set to play this past Monday under the lights at Swampscott and are hosting Winthrop today (Wednesday). The boys will hit the road again for a Friday night encounter at Gloucester and a visit to Lynn Classical Monday afternoon.