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Suffolk Playoff Preview

Islip starting pitcher Vanessa Juengerkes. (April 16, 2012)

(Credit: George A. Faella)

Class AA

1. Bay Shore 2. Longwood 3. Hills West 4. East Islip 5. Commack 6. Smithtown West 7. Hauppauge 8. Eastport-South Manor 9. Smithtown East 10. West Islip 11. Connetquot 12. Sachem East 13. Centereach The Pick: Bay Shore is unbeaten at 19-0 and has earned the right to be the pre-tournament favorite. They have an ace hurler in Michelle DeVito to go along with arguably the county’s top...

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Suffolk Softball Top 10 (April 30)

Babylon's Christine Desiderio bats against Mt. Sinai in

(Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke/Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke)

1. Bay Shore (12-0)- Last Monday’s 4-2 win over Longwood was perhaps their most impressive win to date. Against Floyd the following day, Michelle DeVito went 5-for-5 as the Maruaders cruised to a 15-2 win.   2. Longwood (10-1)- Sierra Noud worked out of a bases-loaded with no-out jam in the top of the seventh of Monday’s 2-1 win over Sachem East; a big win following last week’s loss to Bay...

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Suffolk Softball Top-10 (April 23)

Sayville's Merissa Selts winds up for the pitch.

(Credit: Alan J Schaefer)

1. Bay Shore (8-0)- Pitcher Michelle DeVito went 3-0 this past week for the Marauders, including a nine-inning effort in a 5-4 win against Commack. Courtney Syrett hit two home runs in Thursday’s 17-4 victory against Patchogue-Medford. 2. Longwood (8-1)- Monday's 4-2 loss to Bay Shore proved that they belonged with Suffolk’s top team. 3. Half Hollow Hills West (7-2)- Francesca Casalino allowed...

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Suffolk Softball Top 10 (April 17)

Bay Shore's Courtney Syrett drives a home run

(Credit: George A. Faella)

1. Bay Shore (7-0)- The battery of pitcher Michelle DeVito and catcher Courtney Syrett has propelled the Marauders in the first year of the post-Jim McGowan era. Shortstop Giana Panariello is as surehanded as they come. 2. Longwood (7-0)- Longwood’s comeback win against Commack last Tuesday moved them into sole possession of first place in League I. 3. Smithtown East (6-0)- Pitcher Samantha Moss...

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The Suffolk Scene: Commack to strike out cancer

Since its move to League I this year, the Commack softball machine has been rolling. A 14-1 record has put the Cougar’s at the head of the League’s class, and they’re a strong contender to go deep into the playoffs. But on Monday, they’ll be playing for more than just a “W”: they’ll be playing for a cure. Commack will don pink jersey’s and host its...

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Week 3 State Softball Rankings

2010 NYSSCOGS/NYSSWA Softball State Rankings - week 3 Poll editor: Perry L. Novak sports@oneidadispatch.com,nysscogs@yahoo.com (April 28-May 4) updates due Tue. nights or Wed. mornings Class AA 1: 15-0 Bay Shore-11

2: 12-0 Shenendehowa-2 3: 10-0 Clarence-6 4: 16-1 Tottenville-PSAL 5: 16-0 St. Joseph by the Sea-CHS 6: 8-1 North Rockland-1 7: 8-0-1 Cicero-North Syracuse-3 8: 14-1 Commack-11


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The Suffolk Scene: race for League I

Commack second baseman Nicole Hagenah will help the

(Credit: Newsday / Audrey C. Tiernan)

Hopefully this will be a regular feature throughout the year, but for now we'll start it up in order with League I (image at the top is of Commack second baseman Nicole Hagenah):

Standings as of 4:30 p.m. on 4/22: 1. Commack (9-1, 9-1) 2. Sachem East (8-2, 7-2) 3. William Floyd (5-5, 5-4) 4. Longwood (6-4, 5-4) 5. Patchogue-Medford (4-5, 4-5) 6. Ward Melville (2-7, 2-7) 7. Brentwood...

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State rankings - week 1

Bay Shore's Taylor McGowan has her team perched

(Credit: Newsday / Kathy Kmonicek)

13 Long Island schools made the cut this week, led by Bay Shore at No. 2 (pic at the top is of Bay Shore's Taylor McGowan): 2010 NYSSCOGS/NYSSWA Softball State Rankings - week 1 Class AA 1: 12-0 Tottenville-PSAL 2: 10-0 Bay Shore-11

3: 5-0 Horseheads-4 4: 9-0 Columbia-2 5: 8-0 East Meadow-8

6: 12-0 St. Joseph by the Sea-CHS 7: 4-0 Clarence-6 8: 4-0-1 Liverpool-3 9: 9-1 Commack-11


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The Suffolk Scene: this week's leaders

For the week ending April 17:

Batting Average:

Meg Brewer, Bayport - .760 Ashley Goldstein, Sachem East - .656 Cat Franzone, Bay Shore - .652 Marissa Brightman, Bay Shore - .625 Samantha Laird, Sachem East - .621 Deanna Wolf, Sachem East - .607 Kayla McCoy, Smithtown West - .560 Samantha Capobianco, Glenn - .560 Melissa Kelly, HHH West - .556 Samantha Smith,...

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The Suffolk Scene: . . . And we’re back

Well that was a long time wasn’t it? But the nine-month wait is over and we’re back with softball in Suffolk. The previews should be hitting the newsstands in a few weeks, but I thought I would post the changes (so far) made to the 2010 softball landscape with a few thoughts. - Commack to League 1 - Lindenhurst to League 2 - North Babylon to League 3 - Copiague to League 4 - Harborfields...

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