The Boston Scholar Athletes program will be honoring its athletes this week with events at some of the best venues yet for baseball and softball all-star games.
The baseball all-star game will return to Fenway Park for the second year in the row on Thursday at 3:30 p.m., while the softball game will be held at the newly renovated Sweeney Field at Wentworth University Saturday at noon.
BSA director Rebekah Splaine said that for the baseball all-stars, Thursday will be a day to remember.
“A majority of them were not all-stars last year, so this is their first opportunity to play at Fenway, which all of them said is the most exciting part of the year thus far,” Splaine said.
Christian Irizarry, coach of the Red all-star squad, said he noticed commotion among his Boston International players as soon as he told them where the game would be.
“A few of the kids started crying when they found out they would have the chance,” Irizarry said. “I’m pretty sure their not going to sleep for the next few days until they play.”
English pitcher Nelson Barreiro couldn’t give enough credit to BSA when asked about the opportunity to play at Fenway Park.
“This is a great program,” Barreiro said. “Students should be more involved in the program and it helps us to do the best work we can in the school.”
Barreiro will also have the comfort of having his coach, Ricardo Figueroa, being in the dugout at Fenway as coach of the Blue team.
“We’re not professionals yet but we can still play at Fenway Park, the oldest field in Boston and the country,” Barreiro said. That’s the best part of baseball -- we can play where the professionals play.”
One thing the softball game will have over the baseball game is a free barbecue open to all. Splaine realizes that attendance at the softball game, unfortunately, has been less than that for baseball, and she hopes that will change.
“We want to make sure we can incentivize participation in attendance with the BBQ,” Splaine said.
First-year English coach Jenelle Corey couldn’t be happier to coach the Red team Saturday.
“I am super-excited," said Corey. "I’ve seen the field and it’s awesome. I was more surprised than anything to get this honor so I’m really excited to be coaching and my girls were great so it was just a great year.”
Corey will be going up against a Red team coached by Burke’s Joanne Lee-Nieves.
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