Even though Kevin Moran collected a hat trick in Latin Academy’s 4-3 victory against East Boston in their game during Frozen Fenway this past winter, he was still nervous when he stepped to the plate at Fenway Park in the first inning of the Boston City League All-Star Game.
“I think it was a bit more crazy because you see the Red Sox play here, I’ve been to a few games already this year,” Moran said after helping the North All-Stars defeat the South, 11-4, in a game that was called after six innings due to darkness. “I still had the same nerves as when I played here in hockey, but it was crazy. It was truly something.”
Moran helped break open the game in his first at-bat with a three-run triple to give the North a 4-0 edge in the opening inning. The North followed with two more runs in the inning.
“That was crazy, just to get to touch all the bases, it was a true crazy feeling,” said Moran, who also played in Latin Academy’s 35-7 loss to Nantucket Division 5 Super Bowl. ”The first pitch I was up there I was like, 'I have to swing at it,' because no matter what my nerves were going crazy. But it was awesome. I was so pumped.
“It was unreal, just a great senior year. I couldn’t ask for anymore, it’s been awesome.”
The game is organized by the Boston Center for Youth & Families and held in partnership with the Boston Scholar Athlete Program and sponsored by the Boston Red Sox.
North scored another two runs in both the third and fourth innings before South finally got on the board with a run in the fourth and in the fifth.
In the fifth, South's Frank Rosabal (Charlestown) hit a hard shot to the left field for South that Latin Academy’s Vincent Lopriore snagged over his head.
Lopriore’s throw to first base hit Rosabal in the foot after he rounded first. The umpire called Rosabal for interference and declared it a double play and the inning over.
“He overran the man on first, then there was a question of how many outs there were and I didn’t want to push the envelope because of the light and the darkness,” said South coach Paul Duhaime, who coaches at the Burke.
“I wanted to continue to play ball. When we play young people form the city this is about giving young people the opportunity to be here at Fenway Park and we’re grateful that the Sox gave us the date."
South added its final two runs in the sixth inning before the game was called.
“It was great to get some runs because I think when you get runs at the end of the game it shows that the team didn’t give up,” Duhaime said. “Here at an all-star game there’s no give up. What I liked about today is everybody was upbeat, they were talking with each other, they were helping each other out and they were just doing the best they could do."
On Sunday morning, the North softball all-stars defeated the South, 27-5, at Cobe Field in the Fens. Both the softball and baseball all-star teams attended the Red Sox game against the Washington Nationals later in the afternoon.
“Even though we didn’t win the games the girls were still happy and excited about playing,” South softball coach JoAnne Lee Nieves, who coaches at the Burke, said. “And a lot of them came to the Red Sox game and I think that was probably a first for a lot of them so all in all it was a good day.”
South Boston senior Yaritza Ortero, who hit a home run in the final inning of the all-star game, said she attended her first Red Sox game Sunday.
“It was amazing, I made my dad proud,” she said of her home run. “It was really good, I liked the experience.”
But Ortero said she was disappointed that the softball teams didn’t get to play in Fenway.
Lopriore, who is a junior at Latin Academy, said he hopes the game returns to Fenway next year.
“It’s a dream come true,” he said of playing in Fenway. “Hopefully it’s not my last game here.”
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