High School Softball

Newsday's high school writers keep you updated on the big games and stories in high school softball.

The Suffolk Scene: Bay Shore wins 20 for 20

With another shutout from Taylor McGowan and a 2-for-4 day from Liz Weber, who also homered, Bay Shore coach Jim McGowan led the team to its 20th straight 20-win season on Thursday.

McGowan has coached the team since 1983, and the 20 seasons of 20 wins is a state record. The program has won at least 20 games in 24 of the 28 seasons he’s coached. In 1990 Bay Shore was 16-7, but bounced...

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The Suffolk Scene: East Islip set for round two

East Islip (18-1, 17-1 League III) has clinched the second seed in Class AA, and should they advance to the finals, they'll likely be met by the Bay Shore powerhouse. The Marauders ousted East Islip from the playoffs last year, 4-0, in the semi-finals, but this East Islip team believes it has the stuff to avenge that early exit.

“We're always preparing for the best, and right now that...

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The Suffolk Scene: Centereach wins in spite of "forfeit"

Ariana LaPuma was 2-for-5 with two doubles and four RBIs and Emma Agostini went 2-for-3 with four RBIs as Centereach (10-8) beat Newfield, 12-0, clinching a playoff spot in League IV. This is the second year in a row Centereach has made the playoffs after a 10 year absence.

This is the first time Centereach has won back-to-back playoff berths since the mid-1980's, according to coach Sal...

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Week 4 State Rankings

2010 NYSSCOGS/NYSSWASoftball State Rankings - week 4Poll editor: Perry L. Novaksports@oneidadispatch.com,nysscogs@yahoo.com (May 5-11)updates due Tue. nights or Wed. mornings

Class AA1: 19-0 Bay Shore-112: 16-0 Shenendehowa-23: 19-1 Tottenville-PSAL4: 19-0 St. Joseph by the Sea-CHS5: 17-1 East Islip-116: 14-1 East Meadow-87: 11-1 Ketcham-18: 13-1 Clarence-69: 9-2 Arlington-110: 13-1-1 Liverpool-311:...

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The Suffolk Scene: Capobianco's place in home run history

Glenn's Samantha Capobianco hit her 12th home run last night in a 12-6 loss to Bayport-Blue Point. Capobianco has hit a homer in five straight games, dating back to April 28th.

You may remember that last year's home run leader, West Islip's Jennifer Ranieri, paced Suffolk with eight. But Capobianco is far from approaching history with her 12 long balls, even with Glenn's two remaining contests.

In...

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The Suffolk Scene: May 1st Leaders

As of May 1st:

Batting Average

1. Christina Pagano, Shoreham-Wading River - .6392. Liz Weber, Bay Shore - .6333. Cat Franzone, Bay Shore - .6284. Megan McGinley, Kings Park - .5685. Samantha Capobianco, Glenn - .5506. Brittaney Chappas, Islip - .5367. Jacki D’Aries, Deer Park - .5238. Amanda Pesca, Deer Park - .5009. Kayla McCoy, Smithtown West - .489Taylor McGowan, Bay Shore -...

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The Suffolk Scene: Centereach stymied by Sec. 11 rules

After making the playoffs for the first time in 10 years in 2009, Centereach is attempting to make it two years straight this year. The team stands at 4-6 (teams have to be .500 to make the playoffs) after a win over West Islip today. However, Centereach would be 5-5 right now if not for a scheduling problem that ran up against a brick wall of rules.

The team was originally scheduled to take...

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The Suffolk Scene: Taylor continues to dominate

Maybe ESPN’s next commercial should feature Lindsay Taylor as the machine.

Taylor pitched her fourth no-hitter of the year tonight, walking one and striking out 10 in five innings for Kings Park (11-1) in a 9-0 win over East Hampton in a League V-VI crossover. She also has two career perfect games.

This is Taylor’s second no-no of the week, as she held Rocky Point hitless...

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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 (0-9,...

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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/NYSSWASoftball State Rankings - week 1

Class AA1: 12-0 Tottenville-PSAL2: 10-0 Bay Shore-113: 5-0 Horseheads-44: 9-0 Columbia-25: 8-0 East Meadow-86: 12-0 St. Joseph by the Sea-CHS7: 4-0 Clarence-68: 4-0-1 Liverpool-39: 9-1 Commack-1110: 6-0 Shenendehowa-211:...

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