Here are Newsday's 2011 softball players to watch.
East Islip, Pitcher/OF, Junior
She was 9-0 with a 2.25 ERA in part-time action last year, and hit .305.
MacArthur, Pitcher, Junior
The North Carolina-bound junior has an explosive bat — .458 with 15 RBIs and three home runs — and a strong arm — 12-6 with a 1.50 ERA and 160 strikeouts.
St. John the Baptist, Second Base, Senior
The lead-by-example captain hit .361 and started the majority of games at second.
St. John the Baptist, Pitcher, Senior
She was 14-4 overall last year with 86 strikeouts and a sub-1.00 ERA for the CHSAA champs.
St. Anthony’s, Pitcher, Sophomore
Went 16-3 with a 0.96 ERA on the way to being named Pitcher of the Year in the CHSAA.
Carle Place, Pitcher, Junior
A very consistent pitcher with nice movement and great control who can work the corners. Struck out 128 batters while walking only 24 and finished with a 1.73 ERA.
Farmingdale, Pitcher, Senior
The three time All-Long Island selection had a 0.86 ERA, 251 strikeouts and two no-hitters while leading the Dalers to the semifinals last season.
Deer Park, Second Base, Senior
Hit .464 with a .548 OBP, eight triples, 25 RBIs and six stolen bases to lead a lineup of .300 hitters.
Plainedge, Pitcher, Senior
Just as effective at the plate (.506, three home runs, 18 stolen bases) as she is on the mound (15-6 with a 0.74 ERA, 211 strikeouts).
Friends Academy, Catcher, Senior
All-Long Island second team selection tied for the county lead with eight home runs last season.
Babylon, Centerfield, Junior
The five-year starter batted .576 with 43 stolen bases, 37 runs, 22 RBIs and two homers.
Hauppauge, Pitcher, Senior
Ehlinger was 12-3 with a 0.78 ERA and 0.82 WHIP, striking out 170 batters in 107 innings.
Bay Shore, Shortstop, Senior
A premier defender and base runner, Fogarty batted .354 with 13 RBIs for the state Class AA champs.
Floral Park, Pitcher, Junior
The reigning Nassau Player of the Year had a 0.54 ERA with 328 strikeouts and recorded a shutout in 18 of her 20 wins.
Eastport-South Manor, Pitcher, Senior
Pitched 120 innings, striking out 160 and walking 25, on her way to a 13-5 record and 0.68 ERA.
Carle Place, Catcher, Junior
Hit clean-up the past three seasons and thrives with runners in scoring position. Also makes few mistakes behind the plate, finishing last season with a .929 fielding percentage.
East Meadow, First Base, Senior
Cleanup hitter hit .436 with 18 RBIs and helped lead East Meadow to a county title.
Centereach, Third Base, Junior
Hit .479 with a .657 OBP with 21 RBIs and 23 runs scored to help Cougars win 10 of last 12 games.
Mepham, Catcher, Junior
All-County catcher who is great at calling games and can also hit for average and power, finished the season with a .417 average and 15 RBIs.
Kellenberg, Shortstop, Senior
The Firebirds’ biggest threat at the plate is a singles and doubles hitter that will find the gaps, making for a very difficult out.
Port Jefferson, First Base/Pitcher, Junior
Was 7-2 with a no-hitter and 58 Ks in first half, and hit .758 with 39 runs and 22 RBIs overall.
Bay Shore, Pitcher/Second Base, Senior
Went 10-0 with an 0.12 ERA in the circle, striking out 104 and walking just four.
East Meadow, Centerfielder, Senior
Was named MVP of the postseason for East Meadow after securing the county title with some game-saving defensive plays in center.
Seaford, Third Base/Pitcher, Sophomore
Burst onto the scene last season with a .600 average, 22 RBIs and tied for a county best with eight homers.
St. John the Baptist, Catcher, Senior
Played rightfield in 2010 and brings strong arm to catcher. Hit .364 with a .818 slugging percentage.
Kings Park, Pitcher, Senior
She tossed three perfect games, six more no-hitters and 15 total shutouts on her way to a 22-3 record.