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The Valley Breeze Pawtucket 04-22-2020

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PAWTUCKET – For the past couple of decades, several high school softball players from Pawtucket have signed National Letters of Intent to continue their careers at Division I or II colle- giate programs. Almost all those players attend- ed either St. Raphael Academy or Tolman High, but this year's class of signees is featuring a standout from a different school in northern Rhode Island. Alaynah Rubio, who is a senior middle infielder for Davies Tech, made her collegiate plans official before the COVID-19 pandemic put the state's high school sports scene on hold when she inked her NLI to West Virginia Wesleyan College, a Division II school in Buckhannon, W.V. After doing some careful research and consulting with long- time Davies teacher and coach Henry Cabral, head softball coach and athletic director Bob Morris noted that Rubio is the first soft- ball player in school history to receive a Division I or II athletic scholarship. A four-year starter and a three- year captain for the Patriots, who is also a star on the school's soc- cer and basketball teams, Rubio had been looking to continue her playing career at a local school, such as Rhode Island College and Johnson & Wales University, but then the West Virginia school came calling out of the blue. "They contacted me while I was doing an internship last summer at Hasbro's toy company," Rubio noted last Friday. "(Morris) had been talking to them. They were looking for some players and he put my name out there." "A bunch of other schools had contacted me, but (my decision) was all dependent on my major PAWTUCKET EDITION | VALLEY BREEZE | APRIL 22-28, 2020 SPORTS & RECREATION 9 Pawtucket resident and Davies Tech softball player ALAYNAH RUBIO proudly shows off her West Virginia Wesleyan College sweat- shirt. Rubio, who also played for the Patriots' soccer and bas- ketball teams, batted .438 last spring. After she graduates from high school, she will join the Bobcats' Division II pro- gram and study graphic design. Rubio signs NLI with D-II Bobcats Pawtucket resident, Davies senior plans to continue softball career at West Virginia Wesleyan College By ERIC BENEVIDES Valley Breeze Sports Editor sports@valleybreeze.com See RUBIO, Page 10

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