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The Big 10: Nassau Softball (April 15)

Carle Place's Ashley Cole delivers a pitch in

(Credit: James Escher)

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...

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Colletti powers Clarke to win over Island Trees

Clarke eighth grade pitcher Sarah Cornell delivers to

(Credit: James Escher)

Alyssa Colletti entered the game more fired up than usual.  Sarah Cornell was so pumped for the game that she had trouble sleeping Wednesday night.

 Colletti’s elevated intensity led to a two-home run game and Cornell overcame her restless night to toss a complete game and hand Island Trees a 4-3 loss in a battle of two Conference A-I unbeatens.  

“We knew it was going...

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Video: Sayville beats Rocky Point in pitcher's duel

Watch highlights from Sayville's 3-2 softball win over

Sayville held off Rocky Point in a Suffolk County pitcher's duel. Watch highlights from the game....

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Video: Islip slides by Kings Park

Islip held off Kings Park in a Suffolk softball game, 4-3. Watch highlights from the game....

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The Big 10: Nassau Softball

MacArthur's Kristen Brown watches her fly ball in

(Credit: Kathy Kmonicek)

League play is now in full swing, it’s time to get this blog up and running.  We’ll start things off with the top 10 teams in Nassau based on games played through April 8.  As always, keep in mind this is the opinion of one man and rankings will fluctuate drastically from week to week, especially early in the season.  Friendly debate is always welcome via the comment section or e-mail....

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Q&A: Floral Park's Samantha Giovanniello

Floral Park's Samantha Giovanniello winds up during a

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MSG Varsity The Magazine had its spring preview photo shoot at Newsday on Wednesday night, and we did some quick interviews with the athletes who’ll be appearing on the magazine cover next month.

Representing softball is Floral Park senior Samantha Giovanniello.

The pitcher won Long Island championships in her freshman and sophomore years (and the Class A state title in 2009), but an...

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One thing left for Kings Park to accomplish

Kings Park pitcher Lindsay Taylor recorded the 1,091st

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

Lindsay Taylor’s season checklist has but one box left unchecked.

-- Break the Suffolk County wins record…Check.-- Break the Suffolk County strikeouts record…Check-- Toss perfect game…Check, check and check.-- Lead Kings Park to an 18-2 regular season and top seed in playoffs…Check.-- Help Kings Park to its first county title…Check-- Help Kings Park...

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Farmingdale's one-two punch toward a state title

Farmingdale's Kat Zabielski cracks an RBI triple against

(Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy)

UPDATE: It's been announced that Farmingdale will play John Jay (East Fishkill) from Section 1 in the semis of the state tournament Saturday at 9 a.m.

In a year of firsts, Farmingdale softball is looking for one more: a Class AA state title.

2011 was the first time the Dalers won a county title, and after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over perennial Suffolk power Bay Shore, a Long Island Championship.

Now...

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Leanne Iannucci timeline

LEANNE IANNUCCI Carle Place, Catcher, Junior Hit clean-up

(Credit: Newsday/Jessica Rotkiewicz)

Carle Place catcher Leanne Iannucci suffered a dislocated finger in the Long Island Championship game against Babylon on Tuesday. With Iannucci departing in the fourth inning, Carle Place went on to win 2-0 to advance to the regional semifinals against Rhinebeck, which was being played later in the day.

Iannucci returned from the hospital in between games and played in the second game with...

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Cole tosses no-hitter in LIC

Printed on the back of the Carle Place softball t-shirts is a slogan that reads: “Play every game like it’s the seventh inning in June.” The seventh inning in June finally came yesterday, and Ashley Cole found herself three outs away from a no-hitter in the Class B Long Island Championship game against Babylon. Cole struck out the side in the seventh to secure her first...

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