NEW YORK — Move over Yankees and Sox.
The Big Apple and the Windy City will battle for baseball bragging rights when some of the brightest high school sports stars face off at Yankee Stadium July 1.
Coached by Ed D’Alessio from Telecommunication, Nerva Jean Pierre from Norman Thomas, A. Philip Randolph’s Jose Suncar and Howard Blitz from HS of American Studies at Lehman College, the New York City team is a collection of PSAL stars.
Leading the charge on the 18-player roster is Josh Mercado and Anthony Nunez from Telecommunication, which captured its first-ever PSAL Class A title June 9 at MCU Park.
Mercado, a junior third baseman, batted .420 with five doubles, three triples and 19 RBIs during the regular season, while Nunez, a junior who played shortstop, hit .353 during the season for undefeated Telecom.
“To play at Yankee Stadium is definitely a great opportunity and the kids are very excited,” D’Alessio said. “How can you beat that? You’re playing at Yankee Stadium against a team from Chicago and you’re representing the PSAL. It should be fun for them.”
The NYC pitching staff features Anderson DeLeon from John Adams, Junior Ramirez from Aviation, Cardozo’s Keith Rogers, Gerson Jimenez from Newtown, Andrew Nathan from New Utrecht, Lehman’s Gregory Dominquez and Emanuel Castellano from Grand Street Campus.
Kenny Feliz Ramos from Norman Thomas and Tyler Warshefskie from New Dorp are the catchers. Kely Aponte from Beach Channel, Brian Hernandez from Norman Thomas, Robin Adames from Monroe and Robert Dadona from Tottenville join Mercado in the infield, while Billy Martinez from Franklin K. Lane, Beacon’s Giovanni Ding Cong and Fredrick Sabido from Susan Wagner join Nunez in the outfield.