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Oceanside's Grace Bandini

Oceanside's Grace Bandini Credit: James Escher

MacArthur Generals

Coach: Bobby Fehrenbach

2015 record: 21-4

Key players

Jessica Budrewicz P Soph.

Shannon Myles 3B Jr.

Jessica Lombardo SS Sr.

Gabby DeNunzio 1B Sr.

Ashley Budrewicz C Soph.

Outlook: Jessica Budrewicz, who went 17-3 with a 1.89 as a freshman, forms a potent battery with her twin sister, Ashley. Myles, a line-drive hitter, and Lombardo, who has power to all fields, anchor a dangerous lineup for the county runner-up.

Oceanside Sailors

Coach: Joe Supple

2015 record: 19-6

Key players

Grace Bandini C Sr.

Taylor Eisel SS Sr.

Sabrina Seeger P/1B Jr.

Elizabeth Campo P/1B Sr.

Risa Zucker OF Sr.

Outlook: The defending county champions are a balanced team led by Bandini, who has power and speed in the leadoff spot. Eisel, with great range and a strong arm, shifts from second to short. Seeger and Campo are a formidable duo in the circle.

Massapequa Chiefs

Coach: Bret Malone

2015 record: 14-8

Key players

Darby Pandolfo C Sr.

Kelle Lalier SS Sr.

Amanda Considine 1B Sr.

Jenna DeFina OF Soph.

Francesca Cuttitta OF Soph.

Outlook: Fundamentally sound team led by Pandolfo, one of Long Island’s best catchers. Lalier is a run-producer, and has great range at short. Considine is a contact hitter who will find the gaps.

Syosset Braves

Coach: Rich Powell

2015 record: 5-15

Key players

Jessica Hom SS Jr.

Kylie Marlow OF Sr.

Liz Sorge P Jr.

Sara Garner C Sr.

Julianna Ventracelli 2B Sr.

Outlook: Hom, a slap hitter with great speed, returns after missing last season while recovering from Tommy John surgery. Sorge, with a variety of pitches, also returns after missing last season. Marlow, who led the team in hits and RBIs last season, covers a lot of ground.

Long Beach Marines

Coach: Carmine Verde

2015 record: 12-9

Key players

Tonianne Larson P Jr.

Paulina Cardona SS Soph.

Kirsthie Rodriguez LF Sr.

Grace Rosenberg CF/P Fr.

Eleanor Byrne 2B/RF Jr.

Outlook: Strong defense behind Larson, a power pitcher with command over four pitches. Cardona, who hit .384 with 16 RBIs last season, takes over at short. Rodriguez has good range in left.

East Meadow Jets

Coach: Stew Fritz

2015 record: 10-10

Key players

Crista San Antonio 3B Sr.

Gianna Azzato SS Jr.

Jessica Marsala CF Jr.

Jess Laird C/2B Sr.

Emily Shurina 1B Soph.

Outlook: Solid defensively, especially on the left side of the infield with San Antonio, who hit .423 with four home runs and 23 RBIs, and Azzato, who hit .409 with six home runs and 21 RBIs. Marsala is a speedy slap hitter.

Calhoun Colts

Coach: Jason Boland

2015 record: 8-12

Key players

Nicole Imhof P Sr.

Jordan Walley 1B Jr.

Jennifer Imhof CF Soph.

Kayla Pilotti C Soph.

Lindsay Roman P/OF 8th grade

Outlook: Nicole Imhof, an all-county pitcher the last four seasons, had a 2.55 ERA with 154 strikeouts in 115 innings last season while competing in Nassau’s top ability-based conference. Walley is a threat to go yard in the cleanup spot.

Plainview JFK Hawks

Coach: Neil Lasher

2015 record: 4-15

Key players

Victoria Overbeck P Jr.

Emily Bartoletta C Jr.

Alexandra Randisi SS Jr.

Julia Cosarella 2B Sr.

Melissa O’Reilly 3B Sr.

Outlook: Overbeck is a sparkplug with her ability to either put down a punt or drive the ball. She is also aggressive in the circle, and has good chemistry with Bartoletta, who is strong at throwing out base stealers.

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