Meet Newsday's All-Long Island softball first team for the 2018 spring season.
Long Island Player of the Year: Love' Drumgole, Mt. Sinai, SS, Sr.
It's difficult to find a softball player with more energy than Love' Drumgole.
Even when the Mount Sinai shortstop isn't on the field, she's creating headaches for opponents. Drumgole leads player specific chants from the dugout, anything she can do to get the team excited.
"I like leading," Drumgole said. "I like seeing all the other girls' energy come up. To me, it's cool to see if I do something then everyone else does it."
Drumgole's leadership brought Mount Sinai a Long Island Class A championship and its fourth-straight county title this year. She hit .660 with five home runs, 32 RBIs, 38 runs scored and 27 stolen bases with a 1.823 OPS to be named Newsday's Long Island Player of the Year. She will play at Albany next year.
The senior is a true five-tool player, hitting for average with the ability to drive the ball out of the park and to all fields. She has a strong arm and great range at shortstop and is extremely aggressive on the bases, as opponents have to account for her at all times.
A five-year varsity player, Drumgole thinks back to being on varsity as an eighth grader and reflects on some of the staggering varsity totals she's put up over her time with the Mustangs.
"I guess I didn't see a big picture with all the hits and stolen bases," she said. "I just saw it as another one. I didn't really think it would come to this big moment."
Nassau Player of the Year: Jenna Laird, East Meadow, SS, Soph.
Jenna Laird has transformed from the young phenom playing on varsity with her older sister to the go-to playmaker, even as a sophomore.
The East Meadow shortstop hit .663 with 56 runs scored, 19 stolen bases and 34 RBIs for the Long Island Class AA champions and has been named Newsday's Nassau Player of the Year. In her third varsity season, Laird is used to playing with pressure -- one of her favorite parts of playing shortstop.
"It's the best because the shortstop is in charge of the infield," Laird said. "I'm always talking and people are even looking up to me, even though I'm only a sophomore."
With the ability to slap the ball and also hit for power with four homers, Laird creates matchup problems for opponents. And once she's on the bases, Laird is a tough one to contain for East Meadow, which finished 19-6, reaching the state semifinals.
"I just know whenever (coach Stew Fritz) gives me the steal sign, I'm just like 'OK, it's on,' because that's how everything starts," Laird said. "I can steal second, third, and it's just amazing."
Jessica Budrewicz, MacArthur, P, Sr.
The four-year varsity pitcher went 16-2 with a 1.29 ERA, 0.85 WHIP and 247 strikeouts in 130 innings for MacArthur. She graduates with a 77-13 varsity record with a 1.59 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, and 946 strikeouts in 626 2/3 innings and made two trips to the state semifinals in four years. She will be going to NYIT, with her twin sister and catcher, Ashley.
Alex Burns, Baldwin, OF, Sr.
The five-year varsity outfielder ended her Baldwin tenure hitting .600 with 20 runs, 29 RBIs, six home runs, 13 extra-base hits and six stolen bases this spring. She had a .645 on-base percentage, 1.090 slugging percentage and four outfield assists and will play at Molloy next year.
Jenna DeFina, Massapequa, OF, Sr.
The speedy outfielder creates nightmares for her opponents with her ability to slap-and-run but also drive the ball to the gaps. She batted .545 with eight extra-base hits, 24 runs and stealing 24 bases on 25 attempts. The Adelphi commit only struck out twice this season with a .600 on-base percentage and has a made more than one highlight reel catch tracking fly balls this season.
Emily Koerick, Longwood, P, Sr.
The senior led Longwood to one of the most impressive three-year turnarounds in recent history, leading the Lions to a Suffolk AA championship season and 21-3 record after Longwood won four games in 2016. Koerick finished the season with a 1.01 ERA, 0.78 WHIP and 164 strikeouts in 104 innings. She'll play at NYIT next year.
Christina Loeffler, East Meadow, P, Sr.
After pitching the Jets to their second-straight Long Island Class AA championship, Loeffler finished the season with 22 wins and 2.32 ERA in Nassau AA-I. Offensively, she hit .413 with a 1.265 OPS and five home runs with 30 RBIs. She is committed to Post University in Connecticut.
Jayna Rios, Floyd, SS, Sr.
The power-hitting shortstop blasted 13 home runs with a .550 batting average and .606 on-base percentage. She added 31 RBIs with a 1.373 slugging percentage. The LIU Post commit had a two-homer game against Commack.
Gabi Scharff, Island Trees, 3B, Sr.
A consistent threat in the Island Trees lineup, Scharff hit .622 with 28 hits, four homers, 15 RBIs and 18 runs scored, without striking out all season and playing strong defense at third base.
Alyssa Seidler, St. Anthony's, P/OF, Soph.
Seidler led the Friars to their second-straight CHSAA championship with her bat and her arm, pitching to a 9-2 record with three no-hitters and two one-hitters and a 1.03 ERA with 130 strikeouts in 75 innings. She hit .481 with 36 RBIs in the middle of the order.
Lyndsey Shaw, Sayville, C, Sr.
The six-year varsity player led Sayville to a 20-win season and a trip to the Suffolk A championship with her strong bat, arm, and leaderships behind the plate. Shaw hit .560 with 39 RBIs and 20 runs scored and caught six runners stealing, allowing only one passed ball in 142.1 innings behind the plate. She will play at Albany.
Allie Stanya, Babylon, P, Sr.
Stanya led the Panthers to their second straight appearance in the state tournament after winning the Suffolk Class B title. She had a 1.51 ERA and 0.99 WHIP with 171 strikeouts in 111 innings and hit .511 with 38 RBIs and 32 runs scored. She will play at Queens College.
Gianna Venuti, Commack, 2B, Sr.
The speedy second baseman creates havoc any time she's on the base paths. The five-year varsity player had at least one hit in all 23 games this season, with 17 multi-hit games. She batted .560 with 48 hits, 32 runs and 15 stolen bases. The Adelphi commit holds school records for hits (141), runs (100) and steals (64), coach Harold Cooley said.
Jillian Weinstein, Half Hollow Hills West, P, Sr.
Weinstein led the fifth-seeded Colts to the Suffolk AA championship, hitting .567 with six home runs, 53 RBIs and 27 runs scored. She won 20 games in the circle with a 2.28 ERA with 110 strikeouts compared to just 16 walks in 166 innings. She will play at Sacred Heart.
Long Island Coach of the Year: Joe Calarco, Longwood
The second-year varsity coach guided the Lions to a Suffolk AA championship and 21-3 record after the team finished 4-14 in 2016 and 13-8 last year.
Nassau Coach of the Year: Ken Conrade, Kellenberg
He guided the Firebirds to a 22-3 record -- an eight win turnaround from the season before -- with one regular-season loss and a trip to the CHSAA finals.
The All-Long Island second team
ASHLEY BUDREWICZ, MacArthur, C, Sr.
KATIE BURK, East Islip, 3B, Sr.
KAYLA DALY, St. Anthony's, P/CF, Sr. (pictured)
SKYLER CIRILLO, Lindenhurst, SS, Sr.
FRANCESCA CIRONE, Carey, 1B, Sr.
KIERSTEN COMER, West Islip, OF, Sr.
ALLISON DELL'ORTO, East Islip, P/SS, Jr.
TAYLOR EGGERT, Kings Park, P, Jr.
MADDIE GALLAGHER, Port Washington, SS, Soph.
ALLY KOUTSOGIANNIS, Clarke, 1B, Sr.
RILEY LIM-ELLIS, Kellenberg, C, Sr.
BRIANNA MORSE, Mepham, OF, Soph.
LAUREN RAMOS, Westhampton, C, Sr.
DANI ROSELLI, Division, 1B, Jr.
EMILY SEAVER, Oceanside, SS, Soph.
CASSANDRA SMITH, Center Moriches, OF, Sr.
ERIN STEINERT, St. Anthony's, 2B/P, Jr.
EMILY WHITMAN, Comsewogue, SS, Sr.
EMMA WIMMER, Mount Sinai, P, Sr.
CATHERINE ZUCKER, North Babylon, OF, Sr.