By Matt Hill
Saturday afternoon was a special one for a former JCHS softball player.
2010 JCHS graduate Heather Berardi played in the Second annual F.C.A. Virginia-Tennessee All-Star game at ETSU Saturday on a very hot day in Johnson City.
Berardi was injured during the season, but she still impressed area coaches enough to be selected to what is becoming a very prestigious game.
Coach Dana Smith and Coach Lisa Mullins called me and told me I had been chosen to play and I told them I would play, Berardi said. This means a whole lot considering I got hurt halfway through the season. It made me feel like I had done something.
Berardi was on a team with players like Cora Baker of Daniel Boone and Kadey Robinson of Elizabethton and many great players Berardi had seen over the years.
Berardi was among the best in Northeast Tennessee until an ankle injury sidelined her the rest of the season.
Playing in the special game was an experience that Berardi was nervous about after not playing the last few weeks of the year.
I was a little nervous about it with it being the first game I had played since I hurt my ankle, Berardi said. I didnt know how good I was going to be able to play. It hurts, but not bad enough to where I cant play. Its still swelled a lot.
Berardi is the first player from JCHS to compete in this game, something that surprises her.
There were a lot better players on our team last year who did not get picked, Berardi said.
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