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Christina Morales proved again on Monday afternoon why her coach feels she’s one of the best players in New York City.

Morales threw a complete game on the mound and contributed at the plate to lead Telecommunications to a 12–3 victory over Grand Street Campus in a Public School Athletic League Brooklyn A game at the Dust Bowl.

“I think she’s one of the top 10 players in New York City,” Telecom coach Glenn McCartney said. “She’s a great player, and also a great leader for this team. She just does everything right.”

Morales came up to bat in the bottom of the second inning with the bases loaded and two outs — and the Yellow Jackets (11–3) leading 2–0. The senior then blasted the ball into the outfield for a double to clear the bases and give her team a commanding 5–0. Telecom won the first meeting with Grand Street (5–7) just 4–3.

“I was anxious,” Morales said. “[With the] bases loaded, I was like, ‘I have to hit. This is my time to show what I’ve got.’ ”

Telecom got contributions on from everyone on offense, with each player reaching base at least once. Seven different Yellow Jackets had at least one RBI.

McCartney said his team’s offensive success was due to good fundamentals.

“We didn’t strike out, we put the ball in play, made them play defense and we ran the bases great,” he said. “We took the extra base every time. And we had some big two-out hits. A couple of girls really drove the ball with two outs into the outfield.”

McCartney was also happy with his team’s performance in the field. Telecom’s defense was tested on Monday, with Morales recording just one strikeout. The Yellow Jackets committed just one error in the field.

“The one thing with Tele, since I’ve started here the one thing we’re really good at is we play great defense,” McCartney said. “We really take time at practice to go over defense. If we practice for two hours, an hour and twenty minutes of it is on defense. The girls work hard at it, and we perform on it.”

The win kept Telecom just one game behind rival James Madison in the division standings, with two games left to play in the season. The Yellow Jackets welcome Madison to their field on Thursday with a chance to win the division crown against the perennial city power.

“This is my senior year, so I want to make it big,” Morales said. “I want to make it far.”

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