Coach Joe Ciccarello had one request for the Revere girls' softball team in the first round of the MIAA Division 1 North state tournament against Lowell Thursday: finish off strong for the sake of Hill Park.
The field has been home to the Patriots since the team first started playing softball, but an elementary school will be built on it this summer. The Patriots were able to finish off strong in honor of the field, beating the Red Raiders, 3-2, in eight innings.
"These girls have played at [Hill Park] their whole lives," said Ciccarello. "We might have to find a temporary place to play for a year, so we had to finish off strong."
Revere got off to a great start in the first inning as freshman Juliana Cecere had a solid basehit that drove in senior Jackie Noel. The scoring continued in the second inning when sophomore Kristina Stella came home on a passed ball.
But the Red Raiders stepped up their defense to keep the Patriots from scoring again and fired back with a big hit in the sixth inning that drove in two runs.
With the game tied, 2-2, it was almost over for Revere when Lowell got two hits in the seventh. The Patriots were able to hold, though, sending the game to eight innings.
The Red Raiders got two outs in the eighth, but freshman Ally Hinojossa hit a triple and senior Eliza Anderson's hit brought her home with the winning run.
"When I took over the program three years ago, I started our slogan: 'Elevate,' " said Ciccarello. "We came a long way, and winning the first round of the tournament is part of the elevation process."
The Patriots will rise to the second round of the tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday against Lexington, a team Revere beat in the first round of last year's tournament.
"We beat them, 2-0, last year and definitely took them by surprise," Ciccarello said. "We need to work hard because this year, they'll be ready for us."
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