By Betsey di Bonaventura, BPSsports Correspondent
CAMBRIDGE — The North All-Stars came out strong with four runs in the first inning of the Boston City League Baseball All-Star Classic last night and never looked back.But despite the 11-2 win against the South All-Stars last night at Harvard University’s O’Donnell Field, it was clear from the moment the Boston Scholar Athlete Awards were handed out before the game that the evening wasn’t about winning. The experience of being an All-Star and participating in the game meant the most to players and coaches.
“My favorite part about coaching this game is watching the camaraderie,” North coach, Michael Viggiano said. “We had guys from seven different schools on our team and South had eight. But watching that camaraderie, it didn’t matter who ran across the plate, the entire dugout was up cheering. These are guys who have played against each other all season long and they were coming together as a team.”
But that doesn’t mean the players lost their competitive streaks. In the opening inning East Boston’s Peter McCormack and English High’s Delvis Baez led the way as several outfield hits were paired with the quickness of Boston Latin’s Matt Glora and Boston International’s Jose Calvajar — who both stole second and third base.South responded in the fourth inning with a spurt of offense as South Boston’s Frederick O’Brien and West Roxbury’s Jordan Matos scored the team’s lone runs.
But, as Matos said, the players were able to look past the score.
“It was an honor and a privilege that I got the chance to play in the All-Star game,” he said. “I have never played in an All-Star game for high school. It was a great opportunity to play with other good players in the league.
“It was a lot of fun to be a part of.”
The Boston Scholar Athlete Program and the Boston Centers for Youth and Families will hold the 2011 Boston City League Softball All-Star Classic at noon on Saturday at Wentworth’s Sweeney Field.
Betsey di Bonaventura is a senior at Yale University who is currently interning in the Boston College Athletic Department. She wrote feature about former Boston Latin pitcher Brian Mylett for BPSsports last summer.