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Up and coming softball stars showcase talents

Polar Crush Gold players at the New England’s Finest Showcase included Alissa Karjel, of Hopkinton).
Polar Crush Gold players at the New England’s Finest Showcase included Alissa Karjel, of Hopkinton).Photos by John Tlumacki/Globe Staff

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PLAINVILLE — For the college coaches behind the backstop, the loud “thwack” that came from Alissa Karjel’s bat was a conversation-stopper. She turned around an ill-fated pitch and deposited it over the left-field fence at the Plainville Athletic League’s Nelson Field in an instant.

When Karjel crossed the plate, coaches in the bleachers craned their necks to make sure they got her jersey number.

It was one of the moments that make tournaments like the New England’s Finest Showcase (organized by the Plainville-based Rhode Island Thunder) worthwhile for both the players and the college coaches who attend.

Karjel is a soon-to-be junior at Hopkinton High who plays for Polar Crush Gold, a travel softball team that draws players from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Maine, and New York.

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