Lauren Hayes had the honor of throwing out the first ball at the Revere High Senior Softball Night game Friday at St. Mary’s Field.
Hayes, a standout first baseman on the 2014 Division 1 North championship team, actually delivered two perfect strikes to her friend and former RHS teammate Logan DiCarlo, who served as the softball catcher for the ceremony.
Just seeing Lauren on the mound with her infectious smile and charismatic personality and looking strong, healthy and vibrant was a welcomed sight for her family and friends at the game.
Hayes was seriously injured while vacationing in Cancun in March. She suffered a concussion and a skull fracture in what she called “a freak accident” on a boat cruise.
Hayes completed physical and occupation therapy sessions at the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital. Able to work on her studies at home, she received her degree in marketing and communications during the UMass commencement ceremonies on May 11.
“I’m feeling good – I’m at about 99 percent, so I’m almost back to normal,” said Hayes. “I just have to take it easy and not push myself too much.”
Hayes said the accident occurred on her late grandmother Marie’s birthday (March 15). “I feel blessed that my injuries were not more severe,” said Hayes. “My grandmother was looking over me.”
Hayes said she appreciated the invitation to throw out the first pitch. “I’m very excited that they had me back here because I loved the Revere softball team and it was a great four years in the program.” she said.
Hayes and that RHS team advanced to the Division 1 state semifinals, the furthest run of any team in school history.
One of Hayes’s teammates on coach Joe Ciccarello’s state tournament teams was Logan DiCarlo, who was on hand to support her lifelong friend and college classmate on Senior Night.
“I am very grateful that Lauren is doing well and continuing on the road to recovery,” said DiCarlo.
Patrick Hayes was touched by the warm ovation that his
daughter received from the Revere softball players and coaches and the fans in attendance.
“My wife and I are just so proud that she has come a long way and it makes us feel great that she was able to bounce back from this tragic accident that happened down in Mexico,” said Mr. Hayes. “She walked across the stage at UMass and received her degree and it was excellent.”