East Meadow, Pierson/Bridgehampton and Sayville in softball states

East Meadow's Kerri Shapiro pitches against MacArthur. (May

East Meadow's Kerri Shapiro pitches against MacArthur. (May 23, 2013) Photo Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

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Three Long Island softball teams head to the state tournament, each with a different story line: East Meadow's debut, Pierson/Bridgehampton's return, Sayville's repeat.

Class AA


Saturday, 11 a.m. At Adirondack Sports Complex

If the Jets advance: State final, vs. Cicero-N. Syracuse or Brockport, 4:30 p.m. Saturday.

Kerri Shapiro has had one thing on her mind since last season ended.

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"States . . . States . . . States," she said last Tuesday.

Now that she has guided the Jets there by tossing one-hitters in the county clincher and Long Island championship, she'll look to give them their first state title.

Shapiro is joined by catcher Madison West, a master at framing pitches and blocking the plate. Marisa San Antonio is the catalyst atop a deep lineup. She's followed by six-year shortstop Danielle Cutuli, a dangerous line-drive hitter and smooth fielder.

Union-Endicott, in its first Final Four since 1999, is led by pitcher Rachel Mouillesseaux, who has tossed three straight shutouts.

Class A

SAYVILLE (23-4) vs. TROY (22-2)

Saturday, 9 a.m.

If the Golden Flashes advance: State final, vs. Hamburg or Tappan Zee, 2 p.m. Saturday.

Sunday marks the anniversary of Kerry Keenan's game-tying single and Cindy Griffin's go-ahead single that gave Sayville the state championship. Now the Golden Flashes get another chance to celebrate in Queensbury.

Emily Sellitti leads a group that won three do-or-die games in the playoffs, capped with a five-run rally in the seventh inning of the county final.

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Julia Simpson has kept hitters off balance and developed a rapport with talented young catcher Olivia Kaczmarek. Kristen Bricker is a formidable power hitter with seven home runs.

Troy qualified for its first Final Four behind eighth-grade pitcher Hunter Levesque and freshman second baseman Kaitlin DelSignore.

Class C


Saturday, 9 a.m. at Morse Field

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If the Whalers advance: State final, vs. Sandy Creek or Greenwich, 2 p.m. Saturday.

In a game that ended with football-like final score of 24-7, it was the "quarterback of the team" who delivered.

That's what coach Melissa Edwards calls shortstop Kasey Gilbride, who went 4-for-5 with eight RBIs in the win over Haldane to help the Whalers advance to Queensbury for the second consecutive season. Pierson/Bridgehampton, which fell to eventual champion Greenwich in the semis last year, has scored in double digits seven times behind Sam Duchemin, who was 4-for-5 with five RBIs against Haldane, and Emma Romeo.

Frewsburg makes a third straight state Final Four appearance with pitcher Sam Mott.

With Jason Stromberg

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