RHS softball team tops Classical, 7-4

The Revere High softball team earned its second win of the season with a 7-4 triumph over Lynn Classical last Wednesday. The Lady Patriots’ victory over Classical, the defending champions of the Northeastern Conference North Division, also was the second straight for RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello’s charges.

“We played a very good, all around game,” said Ciccarello. “Briana Lauletta pitched well, we had some timely hitting, and we put down some key sacrifice bunts. It was a solid team effort.”

The key to the victory from the offensive standpoint came in a five run rally in the third inning that gave Lauletta all the runs she would need. Ashley DiFraia ignited the rally with a two run base hit. Ashley also turned in an outstanding job at shortstop, recording seven putouts, and received the game ball in recognition of her fine all around performance.

Cassandra Zullo laid down a pair of sacrifice bunts and Kat Prince went three for three. “Kat also ran the bases hard for us,” noted Ciccarello. “She got dirty at every base with her hustle.”

Two days later Ciccarello’s crew turned in another fine effort against Beverly, but this time came out on the short end of a 5-1 decision that went into extra innings. Lauletta once again was superb on the mound and her teammates played well on defense.

“I was very happy with the way we played defensively and Briana pitched excellently, but we just couldn’t get a timely hit when we had runners in scoring position,” said Ciccarello. The Lady Patriots managed only three hits on the day against the Beverly pitching, with Nicole Palermo, recently back in the lineup after a knee injury, accounting for two of the hits and Lindsey Gurska getting the other safety.

The Lady Patriots, who stand at 2-5 on the season, now are in the heart of the season with three games on tap per week. They played Monday at Lynn English and travel to Peabody today (Wednesday) and to Gloucester on Friday.

Next week they will enjoy a home stand, hosting Winthrop on Monday, Danvers on Wednesday, and Saugus on Friday.

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