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Commack's Gianna Venuti gets an RBI hit in

Commack's Gianna Venuti gets an RBI hit in a high school softball game on Monday, April 6, 2015, in Bohemia, N.Y.

COMMACK COUGARS

Coach: Harold Cooley

2015 record: 17-4

Key players

Alyssa Bluethgen P Sr.

Ariana Arato CF So.

Michelle Principe DH Jr.

Alexa Corben 3B Sr.

Gianna Venuti 2B So.

Outlook: The Cougars return the majority of their award winners from last season, led by Bluethgen, an all-league pitcher, and Arato, who won Suffolk I rookie of the year in an all-county season.

LONGWOOD LIONS

Coach: Jackie Legnon

2015 record: 13-11

Key players

Emily Koerick P/SS So.

Gabrielle Vicidomini SS Fr.

Nicole Gabay P/1B Jr.

Caroline Sippin 1B/OF Sr.

Shana Gabay C/UTL Jr.

Outlook: Koerick returns off an all-league freshman season in which she hit .366 and was a havoc on the bases and pitching circle. Vicidomini cemented herself as the shortstop during last year’s playoffs and Gabay returns to the circle of a 1.78 ERA season.

PATCHOGUE-MEDFORD RAIDERS

Coach: Dave Gervino

2015 record: 18-7

Key players

Nicole Zukowski 1B Sr.

Cait Burgbacher SS Jr.

Raquel Fernandes OF Sr.

Maison Zumpol C Sr.

Amanda Alioto 2B Sr.

Outlook: After falling in county final last season, four-year starters Zukowski and Burgbacher lead a team based on good defense and speed. Zukowski uses her power from the left side of the plate and Burgbacher starts the offense by utilizing her speed and owns one of the strongest arm’s in the league at shortstop.

SACHEM EAST FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Maria Carucci

2015 record: 19-7

Key players

Alexandra Laird SS Sr.

Emily Corchia CF Sr.

Kayla Henry-Caltabellotta C Sr.

Danielle Lucas OF Sr.

Alyssa Rivera P Sr.

Outlook: Flaming Arrows return 11 seniors, including Laird and Corchia who will be playing softball at Dowling. Laird gets the offense started at leadoff with Corchia posing a run producing threat at cleanup and has tremendous range in the outfield.

FLOYD COLONIALS

Coach: Fred Luhrs

2015 season: 10-11

Key players

Jayna Rios SS So.

Macy Kane P/1B Jr.

Danielle D’Angelo CF Jr.

Paige Whitman 3B Sr.

Brianna LoMonaco 2B So.

Outlook: Rios, who hit .561 with six home runs in an all-county year, leads the sophomore-heavy Colonials coming off their second straight playoff season. The Colonials’ return their wins and strikeout leader in Kane. D’Angelo adds a consistent bat with her .435 average and 26 RBIs.

SACHEM NORTH FLAMING ARROWS

Coach: Ken Sasso

2015 record: 10-10

Key players

Nicole O’Donnell 1B Sr.

Angelina Miller P Sr.

Sam MacPherson CF So.

Elizabeth D’Agostino C Jr.

Carissa Lauria SS Jr.

Outlook: O’Donnell, who owns a .346 batting average in four seasons and is at the top of the team rankings for nearly every offensive category, has started every game since eighth grade. Miller commands the circle with a 1.90 ERA and MacPherson has the knack for the clutch hit, leading the team in RBIs last year.

BRENTWOOD INDIANS

Coach: Ed Murillo

2015 record: 4-16

Key players

Atrinette Casas 2B/P Jr.

Brianna Murillo SS So.

Priscilla Rivera CF So.

Kayla Nunez 3B/P Jr.

Sabrina Snyder UTL So.

Outlook: Casas and Murillo, contact hitters who hit first and second in the order, look to get the Indians’ offense started. Rivera posses great speed and range in the outfield with sneaky power at the plate.

WARD MELVILLE PATRIOTS

Coach: Joseph Burger

2015 record: 0-20

Key players

Kristina Maggiacomo P Fr.

Sarah Hyland 3B Sr.

Natalie Rodgers 1B Sr.

Noelle Walker 2B Fr.

Ariel Gootkin CF So.

Outlook: Hyland, a SUNY Potsdam commit, is a dangerous power hitter in the middle of a young lineup. Rodgers supplies a reliable glove at first base and Maggiacomo showed in eighth grade she was ready for varsity.

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