UPDATE: It's been announced that Farmingdale will play John Jay (East Fishkill) from Section 1 in the semis of the state tournament Saturday at 9 a.m.
In a year of firsts, Farmingdale softball is looking for one more: a Class AA state title.
2011 was the first time the Dalers won a county title, and after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over perennial Suffolk power Bay Shore, a Long Island Championship.
Now the team of underdogs is the top cat heading to the state tournament this Saturday at the Adirondack Sports Complex in Queensbury where they’ll employ two powerful weapons:
1. Isabella Corrao
Corrao transferred to Farmingdale two years ago from St. Dominic where she was a dominant sophomore (once throwing a no-hitter yet still losing a 1-0 decision). In the time since, she’s established herself as one of the more fearsome pitchers on Long Island.
She says she pitches “around” batters, working with whatever holes in their game they’ll give her. The more accurate description is that she attacks the opposition, throwing one of the faster softballs on the Island and not afraid to come inside with it. Then, when she hashitters backed off the plate, she unleashes a nasty breaking ball on the outside corner that tails away on flailing hitters.
Her strikeout totals are legendary, and it’s no surprise for her to strike out two-thirds or more of an opposing lineup before the game is through. She struck out 13 or more nine times this season. In a 3-2 nine-inning win over Island Trees on April 18, Corrao struck out a career-high 20. In a one-hit win over Syosset on April 29, she struck out 19 and walked none. Against Bay Shore in the Long Island Championship, Corrao struck out 14 batters, several of the punch-outs coming with runners in scoring position. She'll play at Virginia Tech next season.
2. Kat Zabielski
Zabielski, who hit in the high .400s during the regular season, has turned it up in the playoffs. With a knack for clutch hits and the ability to learn from earlier failures, Zabielski’s hitting over .530 in the playoffs, and her two-out, two-run single in Tuesday’s win over Bay Shore was the difference in the game.