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Softball all-stars happy to be included in Fenway experience

Posted by Justin Rice  June 7, 2012 10:28 AM

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Even though the Boston City League softball all-stars don’t get to play at Fenway Park this Sunday like their baseball counterparts, they aren’t being excluded from the day’s events.

Sunday’s all-star festivities will begin at 10 a.m. at Cobe Field in the Fens with the City of Boston All-Star Softball Classic, which the baseball teams will attend as well.

Then, both the baseball and softball all-star teams will travel to Fenway Park to watch the Red Sox take on the Washington Nationals before the City of Boston All-Star Baseball Classic will be played at 5:30 p.m. under the Green Monster.

“Ideally the girls would love to play at Fenway Park too, but it’s not a softball diamond,” said Latin Academy coach Rocco Zizza, who will coach the North all-star team. “I have no complaints but the kids are thrilled about it that they are included.”

The Burke's JoAnne Lee Nieves will coach the South squad.

"A lot of the girls probably don’t get an opportunity to see the Red Sox and it’s nice that the Red Sox are showing their appreciation of the boys and the girls by giving them tickets to the game."

Lee Nieves said she was surprised to be chosen as the coach.

"I myself might have voted for someone else but I’m honored to do it," she said. "I know a lot of the girls because I've coached in the city for a number of years. It’s just nice to see the girls showcased in this type of game."

Zizza also coached the game last year when it ended in a 11-11 tie. Will he go for the win this year?

“I guess so,” Zizza said. “From the point of view of my players it gives them an experience, a little bit of exposure. For the underclassmen that play in an all-star game it does increase their maturity process and makes them a better player. And for those players graduating, it’s a good way to end their career.”

Two of Zizza’s players at Latin Academy, Rachel Wells and Rachel Kerrigan, are getting an opportunity to play on Sunday because their teammates, Sydney McGrath and Auroia O’Brien, have a tournament this weekend for their club team.

“It is fun because it is fun to go with the other kids from the other schools,” Zizza said of coaching the game. “They are excited to be included in a situation like that. My kids love it too.”

Justin A. Rice covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at jrice.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeJustinRice or @BPSspts.

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