Nassau Conference AA-IV softball preview

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FREEPORT RED DEVILS

Coach: Danielle Sekesan

2013 record: 11-2

Key players

Yalitza Rodriguez, C, Sr

Xandria Natoli, P, Sr

Tyler Smith, 3B, Jr

Rosmairy Vicente, 1B, Sr.

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Giselle Jimenez, SS Jr.

Outlook: Rodriguez, the Red Devils' leading hitter and run producer, shifts from center to catcher, which will limit stolen bases.

GREAT NECK SOUTH REBELS

Coach: Andy Berlin

2013 record: 7-6

Key players

Christine Vissichelli, P So.

Dylan Livers, CF, Sr.

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Hannah Zeitlin, 3B, Sr.

Rachel Hand, C, Sr.

Alli Hand, RF/2B, Sr.

Outlook: Vissichelli is a power pitcher who will lead a well-balanced team that is quick on the bases. Senior Danielle Michaels is strong defensively at short.

ELMONT SPARTANS

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Coach: John Squillace

2013 record: 1-12

Key players

Joan Janvier, 1B, Sr.

Mariah Robles, CF, Sr.

Jammy Ayala C, Sr.

Paloma Velez, P, Jr.

Onome Ogbovoh, SS/OF, Sr.

Outlook: Janvier is a lefty power hitter who capitalizes on the short right field fence. Robles, who hits atop the lineup, tracks balls perfectly in center to anchor a solid defensive team.

UNIONDALE KNIGHTS

Coach: Melissa Kempton

2013 record: 6-10

Key players

Katherine Amaya, SS, Jr.

Zabrina Lyons, C, Jr.

Indigo Jones, 3B, Sr.

Yoselin Hernandez, LF, Jr.

Astrid Beltran, P, Jr.

Outlook: Amaya, who shifts from second to short, is aggressive at the plate and takes charge in the infield. Majority of starters return for a team that works well as a unit.

HEMPSTEAD TIGERS

Coach: Divine Jackson

2013 record: 1-13-2

Key players

Maritza Guevara, C, Sr.

Nircia Carmona, SS, Sr.

Kalilah Hargrove, P, Sr.

Jailene Martinez, OF, Jr.

Catherine Polanco, 3B, Sr.

Outlook: Guevara is an all-around athlete who hits atop the order. She is one of many on the roster who pose a threat on the basepaths.

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