MAMARONECK, N.Y. -- Jessica Calvini was a wide-eyed fourth-grader in Joan Spedafinos class when she began thinking about playing varsity softball for her teacher, also the Rye Neck coach.
Nicole Pineda and I were in Ms. Speds class and she would always talk about the games, Calvini said. I couldnt wait to be on the team and play for her. We all wanted to do it when we got to high school.
The current seniors, who grew up playing little league softball, received their opportunity. They were all instrumental, highlighted by Calvini, in helping Spedafino register her 400th varsity softball win recently over Tuckahoe.
Calvini, a five-year varsity pitcher, threw a no-hitter, giving Spedafino a victory that she will never forget.
Calvini said after her teammates congratulated her on the no-no, they realized that was enough. They all ran to Spedafino to hug her.
I didnt know I had a no-hitter until after the game, said Calvini, who was laughing when she explained how her teammates left her immediately. The only thing I was focusing on the entire game was getting the win for Ms. Sped.
It was like a fairy-tale ending to the game. We were so excited that we got it for her. It was such an honor to be part of the experience and get the win for Ms. Sped because she is such an amazing person.
Throughout little league, Calvini said Spedafino was well aware of not only the senior class, but all of the girls.
All of our parents know Ms. Sped really well and when we played little league, Mrs. Tamucci was our coach so she would talk to Ms. Sped a lot, Calvini said. Ms. Sped truly cares about every child in the program at Rye Neck. She puts so much love and care into the program and her students.
Calvini sees this every day in class. She is currently doing a work-study program with Spedafino. The Lehigh-bound Calvini plans on becoming a teacher after graduation from college.
When Spedafino is closing in on 500, Calvini said she and many of her classmates plan on returning to witness it. However, right now, the team is still enjoying win No. 400 for its coach.
That was such a big win for Ms. Sped and Mr. Sped and it is a testament to all of the work they do, Calvini said.
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