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BPS and New York softball players wrap up all-star competition

Posted by Zolan Kanno-Youngs  June 29, 2013 01:10 PM

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Latin Academy senior Sydney McGrath swings and misses during a friendly game against the New York City Public School Athletic League all-stars. (Billy Owens / For the Boston Globe)

The Boston Scholar Athletes (BSA) and New York City Public School Athletic League (PSAL) softball all-star teams wrapped up two days of competition and fun with a friendly scrimmage and luncheon on Saturday at Clemente field.

On Friday both teams played a doubleheader, both of which were won the New York team, 9-3 and 22-1.

“It’s nice to come up here and see a different organization play and play against different athletes,” New York coach Cathy Morano said. “It’s just a real nice experience for us to come out of New York City and come somewhere different and see how different leagues play.”

Both the BPS and the BSA sponsored the trip after BPS assistant chief operating officer Sam Depina reached out to PSAL director Donald Douglas to organize the trip.

“It’s exciting, even more so than softball,” PSAL softball commissioner Syleia Makresia said. “Just the excitement of meeting the others, seeing the city and all the activities they had planned for us.”

The teams were treated to a tour of the Freedom Trail, a Red Sox game, a duck tour and dinner at the Presidents Golf Course.

In the first game of the doubleheader, New York pitcher Brittany Rodriguez struck out eight Boston batters. Nylah Ramirez recorded two hits and had two RBIs. Jill Regan hit an RBI double.

New York had no problem scoring in the second game. Brianne Ortiz hit a two-run home run, a two-run double and an RBI single and Alexis Bernier hit two doubles and two singles and drove in two runs.

New York’s Blaise Halvorsen pitched a one-hitter in the second game and struck out 13.

The hit was a home run by Madison Park’s Krystal Edwards.

“I don’t give up because if you give up, everyone else is going to be down so I was encouraging people,” Edwards said. “The East Boston coach [Thomas Elliot] is really good at keeping encouragement. He kept saying this is a game of improvement, you’re only getting better.”

Zolan Kanno-Youngs covers Boston Public school athletics. He can be reached at kannoyoungs.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on Twitter @KannoYoungs.

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