Sports 04-28-2011

The Revere High softball team reeled off three straight victories by convincing margins this past week, accumulating 47 runs in the three contests against Lynn English, Waltham, and Peabody.

Last Wednesday’s 15-0 whitewashing of Northeastern Conference rival Lynn English saw Lady Patriot hurler Briana Lauletta spin a two hit shutout in which she fanned six and yielded no walks in five innings of work, which were sufficient for the victory thanks to the NEC’s 12 run mercy rule.

Briana’a teammates provided plenty of support from the outset, putting up two runs on the board in the opening frame, tacking on four more in the second, three in the third, and then putting the game away with six in the fourth inning.

Ashley DiFraia was the offensive star for the Lady Pats, with three hits (two of which were doubles), three runs, and three RBI. Lindsay Gurska belted a pair of two baggers and drove in two runs, while cleanup hitter Nicole Palermo had two hits and scored thrice.

Coach Joe Ciccarello’s squad picked up where they left off at Waltham the following day as they pounded their former Greater Boston League rival by a 17-1 margin.

Gurska was a force at the plate, going 5 for 5 with a triple, four runs, and five RBI.

Ashley D. swatted a homer and had two RBI and Palermo was a perfect 4 for 4 with two ribbies.

Freshman Logan DiCarlo earned Star of the Game plaudits for her first varsity homer and for her fine defense at second base, where she made a couple of nice plays and accounted for four putouts.

Lauletta went the first two innings and Sabrina Palermo took over in the third, wrapping up the final three frames nicely in another  five-inning, mercy rule affair.

Although the Lady Patriots started slowly in Monday’s home encounter against NEC foe Peabody, falling behind by a 4-0 margin through the top of the third, they regained their mojo after the weekend break and busted out all over the Peabody pitching.

Revere knotted matters with a four run uprising in the bottom of the third and then pulled away with eight markers in the fourth, a rally that was highlighted by a two run roundtripper by DiFraia. Three more markers in the sixth put the icing on the RHS 15-7 victory cake.

Senior Captain Kat Prince, Revere’s lead off hitter, earned Star of the Game kudos from Ciccarello by setting the table nicely throughout the contest, drawing three walks and banging a double to score three runs.

Gurska in the second slot had two hits and two runs on the day and Revere’s number three hitter DiFraia had her homer and scored twice.

Lauletta started once again and pitched well through five frames. Sabrina Palermo came on in the sixth and got the final six outs to preserve the victory.

“I think we found our confidence,” said Ciccarello, whose team now stands at the .500 mark with a 3-3 record. “We started fast in the first two wins and never let up, and then came back from a four run deficit against Peabody. I think we now realize we can play with anybody and hopefully we’ll continue to play with the same kind of intensity and spirit in the games ahead.”

Ciccarello and his squad were set to host Gloucester today (Wednesday) and then will travel to Winthrop Friday, to Danvers Monday, and to Saugus next Wednesday.

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