Tough week for RHS softball team

The Revere High softball team endured a difficult week, dropping four games to Northeastern Conference rivals.

Monday’s 3-0 loss to Winthrop saw Lady Patriot hurler Briana Lauletta turn in a fine effort on the mound, as she stifled a Winthrop team that has displayed some offensive firepower this season.

“Briana pitched an excellent game,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “She kept the Winthrop hitters off balance and worked the corners throughout the game.”

However, the Lady Patriot themselves only mustered two hits on the day. Revere had its chances on a few occasions to put some runs on the board, with a pair of second and third opportunities, plus a bases loaded rally, but was unable to come through with the timely hit that might have opened the floodgates. Winthrop also played well on defense, most notably when a shot up the middle by Ashley DiFraia was knocked down by the Winthrop shortstop, who then crawled to second base for the force out with the bases loaded to end the threat.

“We can’t seem to get a break,” said Ciccarello, “but we also need to learn that we have to make our own breaks if we are going to win.”

Ciccarello was visibly upset with his team in a 9-2 loss to Lynn English in a contest in which the coach felt his squad was not giving 100 per cent.

After a heart to heart talk with the team, the Lady Patriots fought hard in subsequent losses to Peabody of 16-12, in which the Lady Pats battled back from a 16-7 deficit to throw a scare into the Lady Tanners, and then a 9-8 loss at Gloucester in which the Revere girls almost made it all the way back from a 6-0 deficit in the opening inning.

DiFraia, Lindsay Gurska, Michelle Johnson, Kat Prince, and Cassandra Petrola all were cited by the coach for their offensive contributions at the plate.

Ciccarello and his crew host Danvers today (Wednesday) and Saugus on Friday. They travel to Marblehead on Monday.

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