Coming into Saturday afternoon’s Boston City league All-Star Softball Game, East Boston sophomore pitcher Danielle Elliott was hoping to get one final shot at beating Sydney McGrath.
Even though the Latin Academy senior pitcher who tossed a perfect game against Elliott and East Boston in the city championship missed Saturday’s all-star game because she had a tournament game for her travel team, Elliott will still take her Blue squad’s 15-7 victory against the Red team.
“Since [McGrath ] wasn’t here we had a bigger chance to win, I wanted to go against her again and try to beat her but it is OK that she wasn’t here," Elliott said after logging the win by striking out four batters in six innings at Wentworth’s Sweeney Field.
"It was very awesome, I’m so excited that we won this game, it’s a big deal. It was really good because I didn’t expect it to be like this but I tried my best and did as good as I could."
After Red took a 3-2 lead in the third inning, the Blue team scored four runs in the third to go up 6-3. The Red squad got two runs back in the same innings to get within one run but the Blue team responded with a four-run fourth to up up 10-5 halfway through the inning.
“We had a few little mistakes and unfortunately those mistakes cost us quite a few runs but we came back a little bit and they fought the whole time so I’m proud of them,” first-year Boston English coach Jenelle Corey said of her Red team. “It was really exciting, I didn’t really know what to expect because it’s my first year and I’ve never been to an all-star game before but it was great.
“They are fantastic players, they all got along, they all know what they are doing; it makes my job easy so it was a lot of fun.”
Corey said the other two Latin Academy players on the team (Aurora Obrien and Rachel Kerrigan) had to leave halfway through the all-star game to go to a travel team tournament game as well.
“If she was pitching it would have probably been a completely different game,” Corey said of McGrath, “but they did well regardless and not just one person makes a team.”
Madison Park senior Krystal Edwards recorded an RBI double in the first inning that put Blue up 1-0 and Burke senior Yissa Guerrero had her own RBI double in the fourth inning as Blue took its 10-5 lead.
“I want to win and I just hit,” said Guerrero, who also scored two runs. “We wanted to get ahead so we could be in a good position. I felt that if I bring somebody in it helps us get the win. It was a great experience, it was my last year; it feels good to win like this. Good luck to those who come out next year.”
In the bottom of the fourth, South Boston junior Elaina Wright-McCarthy pitched an inning of relief before Elliott came back to close out the game. The Red team loaded the bases with one out before scoring two runs to make it 10-7. But Wright-McCarthy struck out one batter and forced another to ground out to get out of the inning with a three-run lead.
“I took my time,” Wright McCarthy said. “[My team was] definitely supporting me. It was easier when they supported me. I just did what I had to do.”
After Blue scored five insurance runs in the top of the seventh, Red threatened in the final half inning by putting a couple runners on with one out. But Blue was able to make the final out of the game after West Roxbury senior Nadia Ellies hit a shot to right field.
O’Bryant right fielder Naya Shedd overthrew first but senior Burke catcher Brenda Calderon backed up the play and threw to second to get Ellies out for the final of the game.
“It was a smart play,” Blue coach Bridgett Ryan said. “The kids know where to throw and they know where to back each other up.”
Ryan was thrilled to be coaching her first all-star game.
“Coach [Joanne Lee-Nieves] from Burke had something come up so I was filling in for her,” Ryan said. “It was awesome, it was a great day, the girls are phenomenal. They played well, they cheered each other on. They were just a lot of fun to spend my Saturday afternoon with.”
Noteworthy: The game was sponsored by the Boston Scholar Athletes program and Boston Center for Youth and Families. Burke’s Renee Pierre and West Roxbury’s Marissa Serrette were awarded the BCYF Sportsmanship awards.
--Boston public schools' Assistant Chief Operating Officer Sam Depina said he is trying to organize a game between BPS all-stars and New York City all-stars on June 28-29 at Clemente Field in the Fens.
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