2009 All-Long Island Softball
The nZone picks Long Island's best softball players from the 2009 season.
St. John the Baptist, senior, pitcher
Player of the Year
Galati defined dominance. She went 18-1, gave up just 16 hits and batted .691 while leading the Cougars to their third state CHSAA title in four years. The Gatorade state Player of the Year tossed three perfect games, 13 shutouts, and struck out 269 batters. She finishes her career with a 63-12 record (.840%), a 0.19 ERA and 879 strikeouts.
Floral Park, freshman, pitcher
Nassau Player of the Year
Few pitchers are as poised and skilled as Giovanniello. She tossed back-to-back one-hitters in the state Class A semifinal and final to earn the Knights their first state championship. She had a 0.90 ERA, 246 strikeouts, batted .451 and drove in 35 RBIs.
Brentwood, senior, first base
Acosta hit .566 with 36 RBIs for the Class AA State champs. Acosta, who will attend St. Peter's in the fall, had 60 hits and scored 29 runs as the driving force in Brentwood's offensive attack.
St. Dominic, sophomore, pitcher
The Bayhawks' ace boasted a 0.28 ERA and 258 strikeouts, while leading St. Dominic to the CHSAA final where they beat St. John the Baptist, 1-0, in Game 1. Corrao also batted .397 and earned her 500th strikeout this season.
Commack, junior, second base
In addition to batting .491, Hagenah only struck out five times the entire season. She finished a perfect 12-for-12 in steals and amassed three home runs, 20 RBIs and 25 runs.
Long Beach, senior, pitcher
The Molloy-bound pitcher went 19-5 with a 0.91 ERA and struck out 295 batters. She also led the Marines to the Nassau County Class AA title en route to being named the Class AA playoff MVP and the Nassau Pitcher of the Year.
Seaford, senior, first base
The heart and soul of the Vikings team, LoMonaco batted over .525 as a lead-off hitter, had 21 RBIs, a .808 slugging percentage and didn't make an error in the field.
Port Jefferson, freshman, pitcher/utility
McGivney had a 13-8 record and 1.87 ERA for the Suffolk Class C champs. The three-year varsity starter pitched three shutouts, two no-hitters and struck out 153 batters. She hit .472 with three homers, 23 RBIs and 24 runs and stole 18 bases.
Lawrence, senior, shortstop
Molinksi's numbers speak for themselves: She batted .676 with 14 home runs and drove in 55 RBIs. She will attend the University of Maryland, where she will be granted a walk-on tryout.
Bay Shore, sophomore, pitcher
McGowan pitched to an 11-4 record with a 0.75 ERA and 125 strikeouts in 93 innings. The League II pitcher of the year also had a .325 average with 23 RBIs.
East Islip, senior, pitcher
The Large Schools Pitcher of the Year, Sweezy was 12-3 with a 1.02 ERA and 0.90 WHIP. She struck out 145 batters in 103.1 innings and pitched seven shutouts. She batted .368 with 14 RBIs and committed just two errors and is heading to Dowling.
Nassau Coach of the Year
Sackman waited 29 years to win the ultimate prize, but now, he and his players are Class A state champs. Under his guidance the Knights went 23-4 and won the Nassau County and Long Island championships.
The 2009 All- Long Island softball team. Capsules were written by Kimberley Martin and Cody Derespina. Photos were taken by Newsday's Audrey C. Tiernan.
SECOND TEAM (not pictured)
Megan Butterworth, Holy Trinity, senior pitcher
Nicole Capella, Floyd, senior catcher
Alexa D'Onofrio, Patchogue-Medford, senior pitcher
Sydney Folk, Long Beach, junior catcher
Sandy Hawthorne, Hauppauge, freshman shortstop
Katie Kraus, Kellenberg, senior catcher
Theresa Magnani, Plainedge, senior pitcher/first base
Caitlyn Maynes, Miller Place, junior pitcher
Lindsay McKillop, East Meadow, junior pitcher
Kaitlin Meade, Ward Melville, junior pitcher
Katie Mirabile, Carey, senior catcher
Mallory Mitchell, Carle Place, senior shortstop
Marissa Raimo, Hampton Bays, senior catcher
Jennifer Ranieri, West Islip, junior shortstop
Chelsea Shea, West Babylon, senior pitcher
Colleen Smith, East Islip, junior first base