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Suffolk II-AA softball preview

Bay Shore's Sarah Edwards drives in two runs

Bay Shore's Sarah Edwards drives in two runs on her single in the bottom of the fifth during the Suffolk Class AA semifinal between Bay Shore and Hauppauge on May 24, 2013. Photo Credit: Alan J Schaefer

HILLS EAST THUNDERBIRDS

Coach: Megan Pfaeffle

2013 record: 6-13

Key players

Taylor Russo, 1B, Sr.

Danielle Bruno, CF, Sr.

Rachel Warren, SS, Sr.

Alexa Califano, LF, So.

Maya Chinquee, P, Fr.

Outlook: A young team with a group of key, defensive players.

CENTRAL ISLIP MUSKETEERS

Coach: Tom Sherwood

2013 record: 5-16

Key players

Brianna Weiss, P/SS, Fr.

Desiree Pacheco, 1B, Jr.

Maria Gonzalez, P/SS, Sr.

Kariyma Benjamin, OF, Jr.

Natalie Fernandez, 3B, Sr.

Outlook: Six returning starters, including freshman pitcher Weiss, with a good fastball and a impressive change-up.

WHITMAN WILDCATS

Coach: Melyssa Cilmi

2013 record: 5-13

Key players

Nicole Civello, SS, Sr.

Gina Cipriano, 1B, Sr.

Aleysha Midgett, CF, Jr.

Laura Galligan, C, Jr.

Jenna Piromalli, P, Jr.

Outlook: Experienced pitchers and powerhouse hitters in hopes of a playoff run.

BAY SHORE MARAUDERS

Coach: Jackie Pasquerella

2013 record: 18-1

Key players

Sarah Edwards, C/1B, Sr.

Kim Goldsmith, P, Jr.

Kaly Alzate, 3B, So.

Elise Ambos, 2B, Sr.

Taylor Barbour, P/UTL, Fr.

Outlook: Led by Edwards, who has three league and one county title under her belt.

SMITHTOWN WEST BULLS

Coach: Dave Miller

2013 record: 13-7

Key players

Gianna Gatto, C, Sr.

Teresa Staiano, CF, Sr.

Samantha Morganelli, 2B, Sr.

Kim Plaspohl, P, Jr.

Kassie Furr, IF, Jr.

Outlook: Dowling-bound Gatto possesses incredible arm strength and is a line-drive gap hitter.

SMITHTOWN EAST BULLS

Coach: Glenn Roper

2013 record: 10-9

Key players

Stefanie Aplin, C, Sr.

Alexa Carnemolla, 2B, Sr.

Angela Pagano, 3B/SS, Sr.

Kristina Hussey, OF/IF, Sr.

Samantha Giannetti, CF, Sr.

Outlook: Good defense, clutch hitting.

WEST ISLIP LIONS

Coach: Michelle Jantzen

2013 record: 14-6

Key players

Alyssa Monteverde, P, Sr.

Shannon Cronin, OF, Sr.

Stephanie Neglia, 3B, Fr.

Rachel Wandzilak, P, So.

Amanda Arena, 1B, Fr.

Outlook: Strong pitching behind Monteverde and sophomore Wandzilak.

CENTEREACH COUGARS

Coach: Sal Santoro

2013 record: 11-10

Key players

Tia LaPuma, 1B, Sr.

Karissa Menzinger, P/2B, So.

Lindsay Ness, C, Fr.

Amanda Catapano, SS, Jr.

Karly Sauve, OF, So.

Outlook: Seven returning starters; overall team speed is a huge plus.

COPIAGUE EAGLES

Coach: Jean Ann Kohn

2013 record: 0-19

Key players

Priscilla Nunez, OF, Jr.

Emely Olivo, OF/3B, So.

Heather Voisey, P, Fr.

Yanarys Lopez, 2B, Fr.

Leidy Nunez, 2B/SS, So.

Outlook: Developing team honored for its sportsmanship last season.

NEWFIELD WOLVERINES

Coach: Bill King

2013 record: 4-16

Key players:

Val Scura, Sr., CF

Sam Wood, Sr., 3B

Tabitha Butler, Jr., P

Jessica Clark, 8th, SS

Marissa Siegel, Sr., 2B

Outlook: Centerfielder Scura is a switch power hitter with great range.

NORTH BABYLON BULLDOGS

Coach: John Egan

2013 Record: 5-14

Key Players

Theresa Cardello, P, Sr.

Gina Napoli, P, Jr.

Alexis Rutha, SS, Jr.

Elizabeth Brunner, 1B, Jr.

Brianna Klaus, 3B, Jr.

Outlook: Looking to improve behind Rutha's bat and Cardello's arm.

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