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Suffolk League III-AA softball preview

Half Hollow Hills West pitcher Francesa Casalino

Half Hollow Hills West pitcher Francesa Casalino Credit: Joseph D. Sullivan

HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST COLTS

Coach: Bill Mitaritonna

2013 record: 16-5

Key players

Francesca Casalino, P, Sr.

Alyse McAlpine, 2B, So.

Gabrielle Casalino, 3B, So.

Rose Cipoletti, OF, So.

Alexandra Parkas, C, Fr.

Outlook: Have team chemistry, pitching depth and roster depth at each position.

EAST ISLIP REDMEN

Coach: Jason McGowan

2013 record: 10-11

Key players

Alexa Martone, C, Jr.

Juliette Polis, CF, Sr.

Courtney Greene, P, Fr.

Danielle Drywa, OF, Sr.

Heather Zenk, 2B, So.

Outlook: Greene, who struck out 99 in 119 innings, leads a veteran team.

RIVERHEAD BLUE WAVES

Coach: Jeff Doroski

2013 record: 16-6

Key players

Stephanie Falisi, SS/3B/P, Sr.

Danielle Napoli, SS, Jr.

Sara Tucci, 3B/2B, Sr.

Karla Vanston, 1B, Jr.

Sarah Freeborn, OF/C, Sr.

Outlook: Balanced lineup and defensively strong.

WEST BABYLON EAGLES

Coach: Nicole Torres

2013 record: 5-13

Key players

Shannon Clancy, C, Sr.

Deanne Lacerra, 2B, Sr.

Brianna Ortiz, P, Jr.

Breanna Kuhner, SS, So.

Outlook: Clancy, a power-hitting catcher with a great arm, will lead the Eagles.

HAUPPAUGE EAGLES

Coach: Jimmy McGowan

2013 record: 19-6

Key players

Lauren Buturla, P, Sr.

Kaitlyn Snyder, SS, Jr.

Catherine Vaughan, CF, So.

Lauren Mendez, C, Sr.

Lyndsay Smocer, 1B, Jr.

Outlook: Butera (17-6, 1.73 ERA) leads the 2013 League IV champions.

DEER PARK FALCONS

Coach: John McCaffrey

2013 record: 12-9

Key players

Jaxie Collard, P, Jr.

Theresa Grimaldi, 3B/1B, So.

Ali Wiener, 2B, Jr.

Tori Fox, SS, Fr.

Taylor Thomas, C, Sr.

Outlook: Only two seniors on a team that moved up from League IV.

BELLPORT CLIPPERS

Coach: Erin Molloy

2013 record: 4-16

Key players

Kristina Foley, SS, Sr.

Courtney Kane, P, Fr.

Jasmine Seaton, CF, Jr.

Paige Baker, 1B/OF, Sr.

Taylor Leonette, 2B, Sr.

Outlook: Kane is ready to become a dominant force at the plate and mound.

HUNTINGTON BLUE DEVILS

Coach: John J. Walsh

2013 record: 10-10

Key players

Tara Byrnes, C, Jr.

Ellyn Byrnes, P, Jr.

Marygrace Trousdell, 3B, Jr.

Ryan Bonitz, SS, Sr.

Megan Boyce, 1B, Jr.

Outlook: Byrnes (.600, 6 HRs, 27 RBIs) provides a lot of punch.

KINGS PARK KINGSMEN

Coach: Kim McGinley

2013 record: 12-7

Key players

Cassie Cancemi, P, Fr.

Paige Julich, SS, Sr.

Taryn McGinley, 3B, So.

Cheyenne Giarraputo, 2B, Jr.

Arianna Ambrosio, C, Jr.

Outlook: Julich is a talented shortstop with speed and a strong arm.

COMSEWOGUE WARRIORS

Coach: Gia Grimaldi

2013 record: 1-19

Key players

Alisha Dovicsak, C, Sr.

Samantha Gagnon, 1B, Sr.

Camella Femoyer, 3B, Jr.

Taylor Murray, P, So.

Alyssa Olson, CF, Jr.

Outlook: A year of seasoning should lead to improvement.

EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR SHARKS

Coach: Laura Ward

2013 record: 18-5

Key players

Marissa Rizzi, P, So.

Nina Gaita, CF, Sr.

Christina Rizzi, C, So.

Jackie Chester, 3B, Jr.

Kailah Konkel, SS/2B, So.

Outlook: Sophomore pitcher Rizzi will be a dominant force.

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