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The Big 10: Nassau Softball (April 15)
Below are the top 10 teams in Nassau, based on games played through April 15. Check back on Tuesday as Evan Korn releases the top 10 teams in Suffolk and on Wednesday for the top CHSAA teams.
1. MacArthur (8-1, 5-0)
Two more games, two more wins, and two more homers for Kristen Brown. Brown had a two home-run game and struck out 14 batters in a 4-1 win over Long Beach and now has a Long Island-high seven homers on the season. Ashley Massoni, who could succeed Brown in the circle next season, allowed one hit and struck out 10 in an 8-0 win over Carey as the Generals remained unbeaten atop Conference AA-I.
2. Clarke (6-0, 3-0)
Only one game for Clarke last week but it sure was a big one...a potential county championship series preview. The Rams jump three spots in the power rankings after defeating unbeaten Island Trees, 4-3, to take over first-place in Conference A-I. Alyssa Colletti had a two-homer game, driving in all four runs, and Sarah Cornell allowed three hits while striking out nine. Clarke gets another test on Tuesday as they take on Sam Giovanniello and Floral Park.
3. Island Trees (7-1, 3-1)
The Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season in a 4-3 loss to Clarke. But they bounced back with a solid non-league win over Farmingdale as Shamar Sanchez went 3-for-5 with four RBIs and Sam Basile went 3-for-4 with a homer and three RBIs. Alannah Basile tossed four innings and Ashley Melendez threw three as the two combined to allow one hit and strike out 13.
4. East Meadow (5-3, 3-1)
Kerri Shapiro and the Jets haven’t allowed a runner to cross the plate in four games and have now won five straight after an 0-3 start. Shapiro tossed a four-hitter with seven strikeouts and hit a two-run double in a 3-0 win over Carey. She followed that up with a three-hitter with 10 strikeouts in a 4-0 win over Long Beach.
5. Floral Park (6-2, 3-1)
Quiet week for the Knights, who played only one game but got a typical Sam performance. Sam Giovanniello tossed a three-hitter, struck out 13, went 5-for-5, hit a solo home run and drove in three runs to propel Floral Park to a 9-2 win over Bethpage. Sam Perry and Riley Anderson each added two hits and two RBIs in the win.
6. Carle Place (8-2, 3-0)
After dominating teams from upstate New York in the Mudville Tournament, Carle Place returned to Long Island and continued to pile up the wins. The Frogs went 3-0 upstate behind some brilliant pitching by Ashley Cole, who was named tournament MVP. Leanne Iannucci came up with some clutch hits when Carle Place returned home. She went 3-for-4 and hit a bases-clearing triple in the bottom of the seventh inning in a 4-3 come-from-behind victory over unbeaten Wantagh. Iannucci drove in the winner again in a 1-0 win over Long Beach, hitting a fourth inning single to drive in Tori Hytell. The run was more than enough for Cole, who allowed two hits and struck out 15.
7 through 9, in no particular order: Massapequa (5-3, 2-2), Oceanside (4-3, 2-2), Long Beach (5-2, 2-1)
I’m completely copping out and putting all three of these teams in one spot simply because it’s too close to call and no team has separated itself from the others. Ashley Davis went 2-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs and Nicole Milano went 3-for4 with two RBIs to lead Oceanside past Massapequa, 8-5. Tough week for Long Beach, which started out 5-0 but dropped its last two games to quality teams, 4-1 to MacArthur and 1-0 to Carle Place despite a four-hitter by Kelsey Larson. Answers are coming.
10. Plainedge (5-1, 2-1)
I’d say one of four teams can win Conference A-I and Plainedge is one of them. Kate Finnen, 2-for-4 with a solo home run, and Jen Labita, 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, showed some pop as Plainedge defeated New Hyde Park 6-3.