The Revere High baseball team earned its first win of the young season with a 4-2 triumph at Saugus on the holiday on Monday.
RHS senior pitcher Nick DiMare turned in an outstanding game for the Patriots, going all seven innings and allowing just five hits while fanning seven enemy batters. DiMare made one mistake in the third when he yielded a home run, but other than that he was in control the rest of the way.
â€œNick was superb for us,:â€ said RHS head coach Joe Ranno. â€œHe got the ball up a bit on the home run, but he composed himself and kept the ball down in the strike zone thereafter.â€ Ranno noted that DiMare only threw 83 pitches, of which 60 were for strikes. â€œNickâ€™s control was the key and we played solid defense behind him,â€ said the coach.
The Pats scored two runs in the top of the first to grab a quick 2-0 advantage and then two more in the fifth to retake the lead after Saugus had tied the score. Key hits were delivered by DiMare (who was two for three at the plate on the day) in the opening frame and then in the fifth, by Bryan Robichaud, who produced an RBI double, and Jay Sasso, whose base hit brought across David Krassnoff, who was pinch running for Robichaud.
Patriot lead off man Jonathan Chiarelli also had two hits for the Patriots.
Revere did not enjoy as much luck in the season opener last week against Salem, a 10-0 loss. Eleven Pats struck out on the day against a strong Salem pitcher, with only Robichaud coming through at bat, as Bryan accounted for all three Revere base hits on the day.
Fridayâ€™s game with Malden was postponed because of the inclement weather and is slated to be made up on May 4.
Ranno and his crew are set to play against Lynn Classical today (Wednesday) at Fraser Field and at Beverly on Friday, both at 10:00. The Patriots will host Lynn English Monday and Peabody next Wednesday.