Skinner Girl’s Softball Team Travels to New York

A Trip of a Lifetime!

 

It sounded too good to be true: a free trip to New York to represent the Colorado Rockies in a softball tournament? Sure enough, after weeks of planning and practice,12 Skinner scholars (and three lucky coaches) traveled to the Big Apple for five days to participate in the Jr. RBI Classic, an event organized and sponsored by Major League Baseball.

 

Our Scorpions faced off with teams from Detroit, Harlem, and Pennsylvania. The girls’ improved skills were on display as they struck out batters, stole bases, fielded grounders, whacked the ball into the outfield, and even caught a runner in a pickle!

 

When they weren’t competing, the girls attended a host of events related to MLB’s All-Star Week. The team viewed landmarks like Times Square and the Empire State Building while riding into Manhattan to attend All-Star Fanfest, a convention of interactive exhibits celebrating the sport of baseball. Later, the girls watched George Lopez, Kevin James, and Mike Piazza face off against legendary pitcher Jennie Finch in a celebrity softball game at Citi Field.

 

The tournament also included an academic component — all players submitted an essay describing how they have used Jackie Robinson’s core values to overcome an obstacle in their lives. The winner of the “Breaking Barriers” essay contest was Skinner’s own Amelia Gardner, a rising 7th grader. Her prize? She was invited onto the field during the Home Run Derby to chase down balls that fell short of the fence! The rest of the team watched from the stands, cheering on the Rockies’ Michael Cuddyer.

 

Our little down time was spent at “home base,” St. John’s University, where the girls enjoyed loading up on ice cream in the dining hall, running through sprinklers to stay cool, catching fireflies at dusk, and relaxing in their dorm rooms.

 

The trip was an experience of a lifetime. Our players can’t wait to reunite for the regular softball season in the fall; expect them to have a little extra swagger on the field.

Jessica Frahm (6th Grade Language Arts Teacher and Skinner Girl’s Softball Coach)

 

 

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