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MSG Varsity's LI Softball Weekly

Farmingdale pitcher Isabella Corrao winds up for a

Farmingdale pitcher Isabella Corrao winds up for a pitch against East Meadow. (May 2, 2011) Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy

This week on MSG Varsity's LI Softball Weekly we discuss aces in Farmingdale, power hitters at MacArthur, an East Islip team that always seems to be strong and a sparkplug for Hauppauge. I also try out wearing a black shirt and pink tie (I'm a writer; not a fashion expert). Click the highlighted text in each description for articles written about these teams this year:

1. Isabella Corrao, Farmingdale. Every game that goes by seems to be another "finest moment" for the powerful Nassau hurler, and she's no stranger to no-hitters. On April 18, she scored the go-ahead run in the top of the ninth inning against Island Trees and struck out a career-high 20 batters, walking just one. She's struck out less than 11 batters just once this season, and has K'd 15 or more four times. In this segment, we talk a bit about how she gets the job done.

2. East Islip doesn't rebuild, it reloads. After losing two of its top hitters--and two of the top hitters in the county--to graduation last year, EI is still atop the League III standings. After losing to Half Hollow Hills East in its season opener, East Islip has won 12 of 13. Courtney Blake grinds it out in the circle and is a presence at the plate; Lindsey Zenk, Elizabeth Hand and Alyssa Groneman also star in the lineup.

3. Katie McNamara and Kristen Brown, MacArthur. The K-and-K girls are among the Island leaders in home runs. McNamara is tied for second with sixth, and Brown is tied for third with five. McNamara hit home runs in four straight games from April 14-April 26. Brown has three homers in two games, hitting two against Carey on April 26 and another against Syosset on April 27. Brown is also a queen of composure in the circle and can really pitch.

4. Sandy Hawthorne, Hauppauge. Usually when it comes to Hauppauge we talk about Nicole Ehlinger in the circle. But Hawthorne, the team's shortstop and leadoff hitter, is just as responsible for the team's success. She's a gritty, talented player who plays sparkling defense and fights to get on base any way she can.

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