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MSG Varsity's LI Softball Weekly - Playoff Edition
This week's playoff roundup topics include the crowning of Kellenberg, East Meadow's surprises, Carle Place's domination and the Million Dollar Question: can Bay Shore go back-to-back?
(1) Kellenberg takes the CHSAA title. They started out the season as a "young, surprise team" and finished it simply as a champion. Kellenberg was 17-0 in the CHSAA regular season and swept through the playoffs. It was the first undefeated CHSAA season since the program's inception in 1988. Kellenberg beat St. Anthony's in the finals to win its first league title in 10 years and advance to the state semifinals. They play the Brooklyn-Queens winner at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the College of Staten Island.
(2) East Meadow's dramatic underdog wins. They started the postseason with a nearly unprecedented decision: taking a freshman pitcher who had made just one regular season start and putting her at the front of the rotation. But making Kerri Shapiro East Meadow's ace has paid huge dividends, with an easy quarterfinal win and then a huge underdog defeat of powerful MacArthur in the semifinals. MacArthur was the No. 1 seed, but the young bats of the team showed that there's power in youth and the veteran leaders proved how important experience can be. The defending Class AA Nassau champs, advanced to the Nassau finals, taking a Game 1 loss to favored Farmingdale. East Meadow then beat Farmingdale in Game 2, keeping up their trend of surprising the critics. Madison West hit Daler's ace Isabella Corrao hard in Game 1 (albeit at fielders) and was moved up to 5th in the batting order on Tuesday. She responded with a two-run homer that helped East Meadow win 5-1.
(3) Carle Place powers to a Nassau Class B title. After an incredibly dominant regular season, Carle Place finished the mission with a sweep of the Nassau Class B finals. CP scored 29 runs in the two-game finals, and allowed just five, keeping with its season practice of scoring, scoring and then scoring some more on opponents. Pitcher Ashley Cole struck out 15 in the two games, and team sparkplug Leanne Iannucci was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, triple, two RBIs and three runs scored in Game 1 and a two-run single in Game 2. Carle Place's title is the eighth in school history and fourth in five years.