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Nassau Conference AA-I softball preview

East Meadow's Kerri Shapiro pitches against MacArthur on

East Meadow's Kerri Shapiro pitches against MacArthur on April 3, 2013. Credit: Patrick E. McCarthy


Coach: Stew Fritz

2013 record: 18-9

Key players

Kerri Shapiro, P, Sr.

Madison West, C, Sr.

Claire Travis, OF, Sr.

Marisa San Antonio, OF, Sr.

Crista San Antonio, 3B, So.

Outlook: One win shy of a state title last season, the Jets return one of Long Island's best batterymates in Shapiro and West and speedy outfields in Travis and San Antonio.


Coach: Bobby Fehrenbach

2013 record: 15-11

Key players

Kristen Arbiter, C/SS/OF, Sr.

Kirsten Kelley, OF/1B, Sr.

Lyndsey Balder, 3B/P, Sr.

Nicolette Moustouka, OF/P/C, Jr.

Shannon Myles, C/SS. Fr.

Outlook: The offense will have to compensate for the loss of pitcher Ashley Massoni, who is sidelined due to injury. Arbiter is a line drive hitter with power to all fields and Kelley is a tough out atop the lineup.


Coach: Mike Muscara

2013 record: 13-6

Key players

ToniMarie Valeriano, P, Sr.

Christine Rizzacasa, IF/OF, Sr.

Amanda Fucci, 3B, Sr.

Kelcey Taylor, SS, Sr.

Nicole Aliberti, C, Jr.

Outlook: Valeriano, the reigning Nassau County pitcher of the year, hits her spots, moves the ball, and features a nasty screwball. Rizzacasa is a great gap hitter atop a lineup that is fast and powerful.


Coach: Bret Malone

2013 record: 12-7

Key players

Rachel Sieber, SS, Sr.

Emily Gaeta, 1B/3B, Sr.

Krista Carcaterra, P, Jr.

Darby Pandolfo, C, So.

Kelle Lalier, So.

Outlook: The entire infield returns led by captains, Sieber, who is as good as it gets defensively at short, and Gaeta, who is not afriad to get dirty at third.


Coach: Joe Supple

2013 record: 6-14

Key players

Claire McNamara, SS Jr.

Jeannie Callanan 3B Sr.

Megan McNamara, CF Jr.

Grace Bandini, C, Soph.

Paige Seitz, P, Sr.

Outlook: The McNamara twins hit atop the order of a lineup that should take the next step offensively. Very sound defensive team that covers a lot of ground and has plenty of strong arms.

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