By Cary Shuman
It’s not often that you get a second chance in the State Tournament against the same opponent but Revere senior Ally Hinojosa made the most of that rare opportunity.
One year ago Hinojosa made the last out in a tough loss to Westford Academy. Turn the clock ahead to Saturday and there stood Hinojosa in the batter’s box in a 5-5 tie in the seventh inning on Westford’s home field.
Hinojosa hit a towering three-run home run to break the tie as Revere took home an 8-5 victory over the Lady Grey Ghosts.
Revere coach Joe Ciccarello said it was “redemption” at its finest for Hinojosa, a four-year player who has been a catalyst in the program’s run of success.
“I talked to Ally about her previous at-bat against Westford and I told her you have to take chances and be the person to take charge,” said Ciccarello. “On Saturday there were two outs and we were tied 5-5 with two runners on base – and she belts a three-run homer. It was one of the longest home runs I’ve seen. Talk about redemption. It was the same exact scenario and Ally wins the game. I’m so happy for her.”
Gabriella Cammarata (single) and Taylor Sullivan (single) were on board when Hinojosa connected for the game-winning, two-out, two-strike blast.
Gia Santaniello pitched well in the starting role before freshman Olivia McManus closed out the sixth and wrapped up the win in the seventh.
Revere (14-6) will play at Concord-Carlisle (18-3) in the Division 1 North quarterfinal round today (Wednesday).