Nassau Conference AA-III softball preview

Farmingdale CF Lauren Hill lines a single to

Farmingdale CF Lauren Hill lines a single to load the bases with none out in the top of the seventh inning of a Nassau County varsity softball game vs. host Baldwin on April 16, 2013. (Credit: James Escher)

FARMINGDALE DALERS

Coach: Laura Malone

2013 record: 7-11

Key players

Lauren Hill, CF, Jr.

Katie Waszkiewicz, 2B, Sr.

Michelle Marino, SS, Soph.

Jocelynn Santiago, P, Jr.

Amanda Duddy, 1B/P, Soph.

Outlook: Hill is a strong contact hitter with speed on the basepaths. Waszkiewicz is the Dalers' leading run producer. Marino is a constant threat to swipe a bag.

HERRICKS HIGHLANDERS

Coach: Diane Pasatieri

2013 record: 4-11

Key players

Marissa Braito, 2B, 8th grade

Alison Forte, CF, Jr.

Erin Rivera, SS, Jr.

Kerry Brew, 2B/3B, Sr.

Cara Berkey, P, Jr.

Outlook: Braito is an aggressive slap hitter and bunter atop the lineup. Forte can hit to all fields out of the clean-up spot. Rivera has great speed on the bases.

PORT WASHINGTON VIKINGS

Coach: Eric Sutz

2013 record: 15-3

Key players

Alex Caprariello, P, Sr.

Carrie Rybecky, SS, Sr.

Emma Lupoli, OF/IF, Fr.

Danielle Elkins, 1B, Fr.

Peri Chain, 1B/RF, Sr.

Outlook: Caprariello, who has four career no-hitters, will work the inside of the plate and has terrific movement on her off-speed pitches. The Vikings will be very active on the basepaths.

PLAINVIEW JFK HAWKS

Coach: Neil Lasher

2013 record: 1-14

Key players

Erica Koplitz, 1B Sr.

Victoria Overbeck, P Fr.

Emily Bartoletta, C, Fr.

Alexandra Randisi, 2B, Fr.

Julia Costarella, SS, Soph.

Melissa O'Reilly, 3B, Soph.

Outlook: The core is set for the future with a young group that continues to develop. Koplitz, the captain and lone senior on the roster, provides veteran leadership.

VALLEY STREAM CENTRAL EAGLES

Coach: Arthur Riccio

2013 record: 4-14

Key players

Tiffany Longarzo. P, Soph

Randi Ruderman, SS, Jr.

Jasmine Garden, 2B, Jr.

Nia Outlaw, 3B, Sr.

Kayla Diedrick, CF, Jr.

Outlook: Longarzo has added velocity and developed a curveball. She'll get added run support and have an improved defense behind her.

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