Kerri Shapiro, East Meadow softball make their mark with back-to-back county titles

Kerri Shapiro woke up Tuesday morning and took a long, hard look in the mirror. She liked what she saw.

No, it had nothing to do with her makeup, hair or wardrobe.

At the beginning of the playoffs, the East Meadow pitcher took a marker and wrote out a checklist of games on the mirror in her bedroom.

"I wrote the dates and who we're playing," she said. "And after we win, I put a 'W' next to each game. I wake up to that every morning."

Now she'll wake up to a "W" next to the county championship game.

Shapiro and No. 1 East Meadow beat No. 3 Oceanside, 6-2, to sweep the best-of-three Class AA Nassau finals Tuesday at Mitchel Athletic Complex.

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This season mirrored last, as the Jets won the county championship for the second straight year. To do so, Shapiro, a senior -- who allowed five hits and two walks -- escaped a bases-loaded, no-out jam in the bottom of the seventh. She induced a chopper to second base and Kristen Lindquist made a backhanded play from her knees and flipped to second for the final out. "To make the last play of the game felt amazing," Lindquist said. "To win counties twice in a row, I'm so happy."

She was also happy when she launched a two-run homer to left in the second inning to give the Jets a 3-0 lead.

Taylor Eisel blasted a two-run homer of her own in the sixth as Oceanside (11-10) trimmed East Meadow's lead to 3-2. But Claire Travis and Shapiro each tacked on a run with RBI singles in the seventh. Crista San Antonio added another with a fielder's choice.

East Meadow (18-2) advances to play in the Long Island championship on June 6 at Mitchel. But for now, Shapiro was just anxious to get home and find her marker. "I can't wait to look at my mirror," she said, "and see that 'W'."

And the reflection of a county champ staring back at her.

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