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Baldwin's Alex Burns

Baldwin's Alex Burns Credit: James Escher

Mepham Pirates

Coach: Mike Muscara

2015 record: 13-9

Key players

Stephanie Burns P/OF/SS Jr.

Kara Castaldo 3B Soph.

Mackayla Brown P Jr.

Karlee Greco P Jr.

Ebbie Berkowitz UTL Sr.

Outlook: Lost eight starters after making the semifinals for the third straight season. Burns and Castaldo are gap hitters who hit well with runners in scoring position, and excellent fielders.

Baldwin Bruins

Coach: Tom Llewellyn

2015 record: 15-4

Key players

Alex Burns CF Soph.

Yanique Spencer P/3B Soph.

Montia Moon OF Jr.

Taylor Krucher OF Sr.

Nicole Danyi C Jr.

Outlook: Very strong in the middle of the lineup with Burns, who hit 11 home runs last season, and Spencer, who will pitch this season. Burns, Moon, and Krucher cover a lot of ground in the outfield.

Farmingdale Dalers

Coach: Laura Malone

2015 record: 14-4

Key players

Sarah Pezzotti C Sr.

Michelle Marino OF Sr.

Theresa DeSantis 3B/SS Jr.

Kate Pich P Sr.

Amanda Duddy 1B Sr.

Outlook: Pezzotti, a Molloy-bound catcher who hit .568 with 28 RBIs last season, is skilled behind the plate. Marino, who hit .674 with 33 RBIs, can hit to all fields with power.

Hicksville Comets

Coach: Rich Hinnerschietz

2015 record: 2-18

Key players

Emily Henderson C Sr.

Ireland Normile P Jr.

Carly Schultheiss SS Soph.

Maggie Panico OF/C Soph.

Julie Rindos 2B Sr.

Outlook: Henderson works well with pitchers and is strong at blocking pitches in the dirt. Normile throws with velocity. Schultheiss, the leadoff hitter, is a line drive threat and can also bunt her way on.

Port Washington Vikings

Coach: Eric Sutz

2015 record: 11-6

Key players

Emma Lupoli P Jr.

Danielle Elkins C Jr.

Maddie Gallagher SS/2B 8th grade

Colleen O’Donnell OF Jr.

Sam D’Alonzo SS/2B Jr.

Outlook: Can play small ball or hit for extra-bases. Lupoli has a quick bat and led the team in home runs and doubles last season. Elkins has a strong arm and makes runners think twice about stealing.

Valley Stream Central Eagles

Coach: Britt Klein

2015 record: 12-5

Key players

Tiffany Longarzo P Sr.

Alyssa Picillo 2B Sr.

Jennie Digman LF Sr.

Laura Johanson 1B Sr.

Sabrina Malfa 2B Sr.

Outlook: Plenty of contact hitters who will put the ball in play and manufacture runs. Longarzo has power and speed at the plate, and mixes her pitches well in the circle. Picillo is a run-producer.

Herricks Highlanders

Coach: Julia Carbone

2015 record: 12-6

Key players

Alexa DeMarco 1B/RF Sr.

Emily Haller P Soph.

Jillian Haller P Fr.

Michelle Milana C Fr.

Alexa Lomando 2B Sr.

Outlook: DeMarco has power at the plate and saves a lot of errors with her glove at first base. Sisters Emily and Jillian Haller form a talented pitching duo.

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