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Olivet girls return from all-star weekend in New York

By Pam Cunningham, Reporter
Published On: Jul 15 2013 07:00:00 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 16 2013 05:32:21 PM CDT

A group of girls from Berks County can't stop talking about the MLB All-Star Week.

READING, Pa. -

A group of girls from Berks County can't stop talking about the MLB All-Star Week. They just got back from the fifth annual Junior RBI Classic.

The Reading girls softball team of the Olivet Boys & Girls Club cheered, "We're 3 and O," as they got off the bus from New York City on Tuesday.

After three months of practice, the girls hit the fields in Queens over the weekend.

"It was awesome," said Jelexica Gonzalez. "I felt like we are undefeatable."

The girls played teams from Harlem, Detroit and Denver.

"They were really fun," said Lindsey Venkler. "And especially Detroit because they were so friendly, and even if we did beat them, they'd still hang out with us."

They were successful on the field and off.

"Well, it's not just the experience up there. It was everything," said James Kolodziejski. "It was the practices and getting to see the girls come together."

The team was made up of girls from all over Berks County and four different school districts, and many are now best friends.

"It was just fun meeting everybody, making new friends, sharing this experience with them," said Alani Monet Berger.

And their coaches hope softball wasn't the only lesson they took away from staying at the dorms at St. Johns University.

"To spend some time at a major university hopefully get that university bug and decide this is going to be my future," said the team's general manager, Kevin Deveera.

In a way, playing in the Jr. RBI Classic during MLB All-Star Week, they became all stars.

"Being able to walk on the field with these girls, it was an honor," said Olivia Enslin.