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Island Trees pitcher Alannah Basile delivers to the

Island Trees pitcher Alannah Basile delivers to the plate during the bottom of the third inning against Plainedge on April 2, 2013. Credit: James Escher

ISLAND TREES BULLDOGS

Coach: Michael Bonsignore

2013 record: 19-7

Key players

Alannah Basile, P, Sr.

Christie Ciaramitaro, RF, Jr

Shamar Sanchez, CF, Sr.

Ashley Melendez, 1B/P, Jr.

Samantha Melendez, LF, So.

Outlook: The defending county champions return all but one player. With a combination of power, speed, and situational hitting, the Bulldogs don't have an easy out in the lineup.

PLAINEDGE RED DEVILS

Coach: Melissa Amitrano

2013 record: 15-7

Key players

Kate Finnen, SS, Sr.

Taylor Curran, C, Sr.

Kelsey Marigliano, 3B/OF, So.

Nicole Francisco, P, Sr.

Giana Soriente, OF, Sr.

Outlook: The county runner-up returns a strong core led by Finnen, who is a tough out at the plate and has great range at short, and Curran, one of the Island's top catchers.

CLARKE RAMS

Coach: Chrissy Cutolo

2013 record: 10-13

Key players

Sarah Cornell, P So.

Selena Ruiz, C, Jr.

Kirstin Cox, OF, Fr.

Nicole Randazzo, OF, Sr.

Sabrina Caputo, OF, Fr.

Outlook: Cornell is a power pitcher who can locate her fastball and change speeds. Small-ball team led by Ruiz, who can bunt, slap and hit for power.

CAREY SEAHAWKS

Coach: Anthony Turco

2013 record: 9-11

Key players

Jenna Turato, P, Jr.

Alyssa Jacobs, 3B, Jr.

Mikayla Morfesi, SS, Jr.

Rebecca Vilchez, P/1B, So.

Samantha Romanello, 1B/3B, So.

Outlook: Turato, a power pitcher with a great rise, has control and composure.

NEW HYDE PARK GLADIATORS

Coach: Jackie Rizzuti

2013 record: 14-6

Key players

Geena Fornataro, P, Jr.

Kristen Hickey, 1B, Sr.

Lisa Pellegrino, SS, Sr.

Jessica Vadala, 3B/P, Jr.

Ann Grimshaw, C, 8th

Outlook: Fornataro can mix it up with a fastball, curve, rise and change-up. Hickey, who hit .571 last season, has patience and a great eye at the plate.

DIVISION BLUE DRAGONS

Coach: Dave Radtke

2013 record: 15-4

Key players

Alexis Alvino, 2B, Jr.

Justine Jean, P, So.

Kim Beattie, SS, Sr.

Darian Caputo, 3B Jr.

Amanda Bridgwood, CF/P, Jr.

Outlook: Alvino, a line-drive hitter who will knock in plenty of runs, shifts from catcher to second. Jean has power in the circle and at the plate.

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