Eastport-South Manor High School pitcher #5 Catherine Havens delivers to...

Eastport-South Manor High School pitcher #5 Catherine Havens delivers to the plate during he varsity softball Class A Long Island Championship vs. Floral Park at Mitchel Athletic Complex. (June 8, 2010) Credit: James A. Escher

Class AA State champ Bay Shore is poised for another postseason run, though Class AA has much more parity this year. Class A will be another yearlong duel between three elite pitchers, though some top offenses enter the mix. Class B winner Babylon has the talent to repeat and Michiko McGivney is back and good as ever for Class C's Port Jefferson.

CLASS AAPitcher Taylor McGowan returns to Bay Shore after a 10-0 year. The offense is led by Courtney Syrett (.398, 10 stolen bases), Nicole Marzillo (.361, four homers) and shortstop Amber Fogarty (.354, 13 RBIs).

Lindsey Trainor, a 15-game winner, is back for Sachem East. All-conference Samantha Smith and all-state catcher Samantha Laird return, too.

Arianna LaPuma (.479, 21 RBIs) provides thump for Centereach and shortstop Jackie Binstock brings speed with 12 steals. Marisa Motisi hit .425 for West Islip and Annie Grabinsky had a .725 on-base percentage. All-division pitcher Courtney Blake and all-division utility player Lindsay Zenk, who hit .394, lead East Islip. Whitman's Jen Schaber has a good changeup in the circle. Amanda Schoenfeld is a talented and aggressive leadoff hitter for Connetquot. Commack is a perennial contender.


Eastport-South Manor's Catherine Havens, Hauppauge's Nicole Ehlinger and Kings Park's Lindsay Taylor will compete for supremacy in the circle. Sparkplug shortstop Sandy Hawthorne (.387 average, 24 runs) is also a key for Hauppauge.

The potent offense of Deer Park has .300 hitter after .300 hitter, led by Jacki D'Aries (.464 average, 25 RBIs, eight triples) and Aly Dzierzynski (.365 average, 19 RBIs, 19 walks). Islip has .404-hitting shortstop Faith Ladanno and catcher Jaquai Alvarad (.408 average, 15 RBIs). Sophomore Chelsea Hawks looks to build on a 10-6 record and 2.11 ERA for Shoreham-Wading River.


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Tiana Giuliano (.356 average, 10 RBIs, 20 runs in 16 games) is back after her clutch hits helped power Babylon to the Suffolk Class B title. Giuliano takes over in the circle after going 2-0 in two starts last year and has looked good early. Christine Desiderio hit .576 last year. Center Moriches and Hampton Bays are also in the mix. Mattituck, with pitcher Sara Parkins, could be a dark horse.


After going 7-2 with a no-hitter, three shutouts and 58 strikeouts in the first half of the season, Port Jefferson's McGivney hurt her shoulder and moved to first base. Her offense never declined, and she hit .758, scored 39 runs, had 22 RBIs and walked 20 times.

Kaci Koehne hit .467 with 29 RBIs, two homers, four triples and 24 runs for Pierson-Bridgehampton.