By Melissa Moore-Randall
With school over and summer in full swing, nine Revere girls are spending their summer traveling across the state playing in USA Softball-sponsored tournaments for the North Shore Breakers 14U program.
Revere natives, Danni Hope Randall, Revere High School Class of 2026, Josephine Piccardi, Maeve Hurley and Layla Hiduchick, Malden Catholic Class of 2026, Valentina Tate, Malden Catholic Class of 2025, Vanessa Simpson, Northeast Metro Tech Class of 2025, Evelyn Griffin St. Mary’s Class of 2025, Cate Morgan, St. Mary’s Class of 2026, and Caleigh Joyce, Susan B. Anthony Class of 2023, are members of the North Shore Breakers 14U Softball program who will spend five weekends this summer traveling around Massachusetts . play in competitive softball tournaments.
All Revere players started their St. Mary’s/Revere Youth Baseball Softball League softball journey as tball players. They continued their love of the game and all eventually joined the North Shore Breakers, a program based in Swampscott and including other players from nearby towns and villages on the North Shore.
Last weekend, the girls traveled to Leominster, a town about 50 miles north of Boston, for a weekend tournament that consisted of two days and six fiercely competitive tournament ball matches. Leominster, a town full of fun historical facts, is the birthplace of legendary character, Johnny Appleseed and it’s also where the first plastic flamingo lawn ornaments were made.
The girls battled oppressive heat and hugely talented teams over the two-day tournament to advance to the semi-finals before falling to the eventual tournament champions late on Sunday afternoon.
The 14U squad won 1 of 3 games on Saturday, including an impressive 11-1 win over the NE elite, who also advanced to Sunday’s semi-final. The Breakers went on fire Sunday by beating the top-seeded Marucci Patriots 11-5 in their opener. After losing to Voodoo 9-4 on Saturday, which many predicted would win the tournament, the team fought back and rallied with an incredible comeback performance late in the 5th set to win 7-6 . The team advanced to the semi-finals against a strong North County Spark team that fell to 8-1.
The team, who were 2021 Autumn Ball Champions in the Middle Essex League, will play three more 2-3 day tournaments in Wakefield, Bridgewater and Taunton this summer. Additionally, the Breakers will also play in the Middle Essex Summer League in hopes of winning another championship.
The team is coached by Bruce Irving and Rob Lilley, both of Swampscott.