RHS Softball Team Opens Friday at Medford

The Revere High softball team will open its 2014 season Friday at Medford. The Lady Patriots will stay on the road for their next two encounters, traveling to Waltham Monday and to Beverly next Wednesday before their home opener next Thursday when the Lady Pats host Salem.

Although the weather hardly has been conducive to softball, the Lady Patriots took on Melrose in a scrimmage last week. “We hit the ball well and Sabrina Palermo struck out a lot of hitters,” said RHS head coach Joe Ciccarello. “We’ve been inside for almost the entire pre-season, so it was nice to finally get outdoors.”

Ciccarello and his crew had two more pre-season tilts on tap, Monday vs. Lynn Classical and yesterday (Tuesday) vs. Lexington. Monday was canceled because of the weather and field conditions.

Gallagher, Finelli honored by MSTCA Hall of Fame

Congratulations to former Revere High teacher and Cross Country/Track Coach Frank Gallagher, who recently was elected into the Massachusetts State Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

In addition, former Revere High track star and Cross Country/Track Coach Dom Finelli received the Distinguished Service Award from the MSTCA.

Optimism reigns for RHS baseball team

Although the weather has been anything but welcoming for the start of the baseball season, spirits have been high around the Revere High baseball team as the Patriots prepare for their season opener next Wednesday, April 9, at home against Beverly.

“The team has been working hard and getting ready for the season as best we can,” said RHS head coach Sean Brinkley, whose diamondmen have been confined to indoor work for virtually the entire spring practice season.

The Patriots did manage to see some natural light when they traveled to Winthrop for a muddy scrimmage Saturday. “Overall we did very well,” said Brinkley. “Our pitchers did a nice job and we had solid hitting up and down the lineup.”

Noah Jaynes started and tossed two shutout innings. Tom Portrait, Chris Charido, and Oscar Zevala all got in some work and were impressive in their brief stints on the mound. Charido, Daniel Murphy, and Max Anderson were cited by the coach for their hitting efforts.

A pleasant surprise thus far has been the performance of senior Mike Ciambelli, who made the switch this year from lacrosse to the baseball team, where he has stepped in to fill the key role at catcher. Mike played the entire game behind the plate and turned in what Brinkley called “an outstanding job.”

Prior to the season opener, Brinkley and his crew have three scrimmages on tap, beginning yesterday (Tuesday) at Melrose, at Woburn tomorrow, and at home vs. Wakefield Friday.

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