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Eastport-South Manor shortstop Kailah Konkel

Eastport-South Manor shortstop Kailah Konkel Credit: George A. Faella

EASTPORT-SOUTH MANOR SHARKS

Coach: Laura Ward

2015 record: 24-3

Key players

Marissa Rizzi P Sr.

Kailah Konkel SS Sr.

Christina Rizzi C Sr.

Daniela Detore CF Sr.

Brianna Williams 2B Jr.

Outlook: Filled with talent in the middle of the field, Marissa Rizzi, a St. John’s commit and Newsday Suffolk Player of the Year last season, returns off an all-state year in which she had a 0.69 ERA with 199 strikeouts and hit .532 with 26 runs and 36 RBIs. Konkel is a stud defensive shortstop who also hit .355. Marissa’s chemistry with catcher Christina Rizzi -- her twin -- couldn’t be much stronger

EAST ISLIP REDMEN

Coach: Jason McGowan

2015 record: 14-8

Key players

Jackie Carty SS/3B Jr.

Courtney Greene P Jr.

Alise Colandro C So.

Katie Burk 3B/SS So.

Ashley Benvengo 2B/OF Fr.

Outlook: Greene, a power pitcher who’s started since eighth grade, and Carty, a three-sport athlete who hit .385 with power last season, enter their junior years with three years of varsity experience.

HALF HOLLOW HILLS WEST COLTS

Coach: Bryan Dugan

2015 record: 9-9

Key players

Alyse McAlpine 2B Sr.

Gabrielle Casalino 3B Sr.

Jillian Weinstein 1B/P So.

Alexis Kleet P/1B Sr.

Alexandra Parkas C Jr.

Outlook: McAlpine, a great defender who didn’t commit an error despite playing every inning, hit .471 with 12 RBIs and 12 runs and Parkas, who hit a team-best .471, lead the Colts. Casalino, a captain, is a vacuum at third who can hurt you with her bat.

HAUPPAUGE EAGLES

Coach: Jim McGowan Sr.

2015 season: 13-8

Key players

Catherine Vaughan P/OF Sr.

Jill Choinski SS So.

Angela Barbone CF Sr.

Kaileen Cain C Jr.

Sam Ferreri 2B/OF Jr.

Outlook: Vaughan, a New Haven commit, is one of the most feared strikeout pitchers with incredible control in Suffolk. Choinski converts from catcher to shortstop to replace standout Kaitlyn Snyder.

KINGS PARK KINGSMEN

Coach: Kim McGinley

2015 season: 12-6

Key players

Taryn McGinley 3B Sr.

Cassandra Cancemi P Jr.

Amanda DeLaura P/OF Jr.

Kristen Plant OF Sr.

Ilayna Guevrekian OF Sr.

Outlook: McGinley, a two-time all county third baseman, leads the offense off a .375 batting average season and ace Cancemi also two-time all county, had a 1.99 ERA last season.

DEER PARK FALCONS

Coach: John McCaffrey

2015 record: 12-11

Key players

Tori Fox C Jr.

Nancy Burns OF So.

Toni Santora SS/3B So.

Genna Ferguson OF Jr.

Lexie Collard OF Jr.

Outlook: The Falcons return seven of 10 starters from last season, led by Fox’s 26 RBIs and .407 average, including .556 (20-for-36) with runners in scoring position. Burns and Santora are young players only getting better with experience.

BELLPORT CLIPPERS

Coach: Kate Cutrone

2015 record: 1-19

Key players

Courtney Kane P Jr.

Alex Krawczyk C So.

Jenna Piro OF Jr.

Brooke Tenreiro 1B So.

Alexa Promutico OF So.

Outlook: Kane uses an effective screwball and curveball to keep hitters off balanced and Krawczyk commands the game from behind the plate.

WEST BABYLON EAGLES

Coach: Nicole Torres

2015 record: 2-15

Key players:

Taylor McIntosh C Sr.

Erin Heslin P Jr.

Natalie McIntosh 1B So.

Erin Ehrichs 2B Jr.

Allison Gernavage 3B Sr.

Outlook: Taylor McIntosh, a four-year starter, has .418 varsity average and led the team with 11 RBIs last season. She’s also quick behind the plate, throwing out two-third of runners last year.

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