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 1991, Bay Shore's Darlene Anderson set Long Island (and possibly state) marks with 17 home runs and 71 RBIs (Capobianco currently has 28 RBIs). Coach Jim McGowan believes Anderson only hit two other home runs in her career before the prolific 1991 campaign.

"She just had a monster year," McGowan said. "She was a very quiet, unassuming lady, and didn't call any attention to herself. She was a line drive hitter, hitting the alleys, and went on to a monster senior year."

After going undefeated in the 1991 regular season, Bay Shore was upset in the semi-finals that year. Anderson went on to play softball at Iona College before marrying her high school sweet heart and becoming a math teacher for the Patchogue-Medford school district. McGowan said the power she displayed in 1991 was real.

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"I don't recall anyone having fences in the late 80s, early 90s, so these home runs were all legit. She was a gap hitter, right center to the left field foul line, and she ran pretty well too."

"It's a different game now. Both offensively and defensivly it was more pitcher oriented in the late 90s, but now its going back to more of an offensive game. It's a combination of technology, kids playing more often, coaching is better and private hitting lessons."

I then asked the obvious question: what was the difference between the first part of her high school career (when she hit "two, maybe three" home runs) and her final year.

"She played a little bit of summer ball, but I don't think anything was significantly different. I think it was just a mixture of confidence and strength."