Kearny captures Hudson-Bergen girls’ softball championship

Photo courtesy of Nat Amadeo/ The Kearny Recreation All-Stars captured the Hudson-Bergen fifth- and sixth- grade championship last week. Front row, from l., are Marlene Milny, Giovanna Scrimo, Alyssa Hodnett, Britney Rivera, Ashley Ruivo, Taylor Garretson and Jennifer Altieri. Middle row, from left, are Brianna Rodriguez, Michelle Espinosa, Courtney Chew, Jane Amadeo, Sydney Pace, Haylee Witt and Samantha Campisi. Back row from left are assistant coaches Rocco Pace, Kate Zubicki, Tom Zubicki, Joe Ruivo, manager Nat Amadeo and scorekeeper Nicole Ruivo.


By Jim Hague

For the last six years, an All-Star team formed from the Kearny Recreation Softball League has moved on to play in a travel league that encompasses Hudson and Bergen Counties.
The team has been coached by a host of dedicated men, spearheaded by attorney Nat Amadeo, who has been waging a personal battle against leukemia for a few years and remains strong-willed and determined.
“It’s good therapy for me,” Amadeo said. “I look forward to coaching the girls. It gives me something to look forward to. There’s a lot of stuff I can’t do. That’s why it’s great to have a good coaching staff with me. But I still can get out there, fill out the lineup cards. It makes me feel really good.”

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