Saturday morning marked Ward Melville’s softball team’s third annual charity softball game this year, recognizing Hampton Bays high school student Julia Scourakis.
Scourakis suffers from a rare form of Escobar syndrome with Arthrogryposis. There are only 70 cases documented worldwide and none with Julia’s specific genetic sequencing of this disease. Having endured 14 spinal and leg surgeries to date, Scourakis threw out the first pitch in a fundraising event to benefit the Southampton Fresh Air Home.
The Patriots hosted Deer Park in the non-league event where all the players donned T-shirts that said “Sometimes Real Superheroes live in the hearts of Small Children Fighting Big Battles”
Ward Melville eighth-grader Julianna Russ tossed a shutout performance for the Patriots in the 9-0 victory April 21.