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MSG Varsity's LI Softball Weekly

LI Softball Weekly includes the League I race, League IV race and a powerhouse in Class B. Sorry for the late posting, there were some technical problems.

1. In the last week of the season, League I is up for grabs between three teams: Commack, Sachem East and Longwood. All three are within a game of the title, and the teams are really battling it out. Commack beat Longwood last Tuesday, 10-7, to take a slight ½ game lead.

2. One of the big weapons for Sachem East in the League I race is center fielder Samantha Smith. She’ll be attending Fordham in the fall, one of the top softball colleges in the country. She was selected as one of 30 students in the county to attend the Student-Athlete Leadership Conference at Stanford. Good bunter, can slap the ball, but also spray it to all fields. She’s hitting over .750 with two home runs, three triples, three doubles, 16 runs, and 15 stolen bases.

3. The race for League IV is almost as tight. Half Hollow Hills West plays West Babylon on May 17, and West Babylon is just a game behind HHH West for the League title. West Bab beat Hills West 6-2 on April 8. The loss to West Bab is Hills' only misstep this season, as the team has scored 160 runs in their 16 wins this season. Alyssa Bitsimis has five shutouts--including four straight at one point. We all know how overpowering Taylor Webb can be, but if the league is up for grabs, May 17 could be a dogfight.

4. Carle Place has dominated Class B this year and should in the playoffs too. The team is 15-2 overall and on an eight-game winning streak. They've scored 168 runs (11.2 per-game) and allowed just 12 runs this year (0.75 per-game). Ashley Cole has seven shutouts and her high point came on April 8, when she pitched a six-inning one-hitter against Locust Valley, striking out 19. She, Leanne Iannucci and Brooke Topel lead the offense.

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