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Top 100 high school softball players on Long Island for 2015

Clarke pitcher Sarah Cornell delivers to the plate

Clarke pitcher Sarah Cornell delivers to the plate in the top of the second inning of a Nassau County Conference ABC-I varsity softball game versus Division at Clarke on April 24, 2014. Credit: James Escher

Newsday takes a look at the top 100 high school softball players on Long Island for the 2015 season, with players listed in alphabetical order.

Nicole Aliberti, Mepham, C, Sr. -- Power hitter in the cleanup spot who will find the gaps. Strong defensive catcher, calls a great game and has a strong arm.

Alexis Alvino, Division, SS, Sr. -- Bound for Coastal Carolina, great range and strong arm at short. Can hit for average and power.

Janae Barracato, Sacred Heart, 3B, Soph. -- Lefty hitter who will drive the ball and produce runs. A threat on the bases and a vacuum at third. Headed to Seton Hall.

Alyssa Bluethgen, Commack, P, Jr. -- A workhorse, and at 6-2, a presence in the circle. Throws hard with good movement.

Marissa Braito, Sacred Heart, SS, Fr. -- Lefty slapper with great speed. Smart base runner. Slick fielder with a lot of range.

Alex Burns, Baldwin, CF, Fr. -- A pure power hitter who can also hit for average. Crushed seven home runs as an eighth-grader.

Tara Byrnes, Huntington, C, Sr. -- Power bat. Strong arm behind the plate. Forms a talented battery with her twin sister, Ellyn.

Cassie Cancemi, Kings Park, P, Soph. -- Power pitcher with five pitches in her arsenal. Will get batters to chase her off-speed pitches.

Sabrina Caputo, Clarke, LF, Soph. -- Consistently puts the ball in play. Good arm in the outfield. Smart baserunner.

Jackie Carty, East Islip, 3B, Soph. -- Hits for power, had speed on the bases, delivers clutch hits. Great hands and a strong arm at third.

Ashley Casazza, Seaford, P/3B/CF, Jr. -- Control pitcher, speedy centerfielder, reliable third baseman. Slap hitter with pop in the leadoff spot. Bound for LIU Post.

Amanda Catapano, Centereach, SS, Sr. -- Good power in the three-spot, exceptional range at the plate. All-county shortstop and vocal leader of the Cougars.

Kelly Cembrale, Island Trees, 3B, Sr. -- Incredible range at short. Solid contact hitter that can also bunt and has great speed on bases.

Jackie Chester, Eastport-South Manor, 3B, Sr. -- A power hitter in the heart of the order. Cannon for an arm and a quick release at third.

Kristen Collins, Holy Trinity, CF, Soph. -- With great speed and tracking ability, covers a lot of ground in the outfield.

Sarah Cornell, Clarke, P, Jr. -- First-team All-Long Island selection, committed to Hofstra, has an overpowering fastball. Struck out 234 batters as a sophomore.

Kirsten Cox, Clarke, SS, Soph. -- Prototypical leadoff hitter. Works the count, gets on bases, uses all fields, steals bases.

Erin Creen, Center Moriches, P/3B, Sr. -- Ace of the defending Class B Long Island champions. Freezes batters with her curve and changeup.

Sophie Dandola, Seaford P/3B, Soph. -- Bound for Hofstra. Can drive the ball to all fields at the plate. Has good power and spins in the circle.

Marissa DeLaurentis, St. John the Baptist, CF, Sr. -- Solid situational hitter with some pop. Great range and a very strong and accurate arm in centerfield.

Gwen Donaldson, Babylon, SS, Soph. -- Automatic on nearly anything hit to her at short. Hits for average and for power.

Love Drumgole, Mount Sinai, SS, Fr. -- Reigning League V rookie of the year is equipped with speed and a strong arm. Hits for contact and power regardless of count.

Taylor Eisel, Oceanside, Jr. OF -- Great power at the plate and an excellent glove in the outfield. Hit walk-off home run in Class AA semifinals.

Taylor Fay, St. John the Baptist, SS, Sr. -- A contact hitter, headed to Johnson and Wales, who has speed on the bases and a steady glove at short.

Tierney Fitzgerald, Holy Trinity, P, Fr. -- Up-and-coming pitcher has high velocity and good movement. Consistent contact hitter.

Geena Fornataro, New Hyde Park, P, Sr. -- Power hitter who uses all fields and has great plate discipline. Headed to Southern New Hampshire University.

Amanda Gallo, Massapequa, OF, Sr. -- Consistent contact slapper with good plate discipline. Can hit with two strikes. Has speed and a strong arm in the outfield.

Alexandra Gaudelli, Hicksville, 3B, Sr. -- Fields her position very well, especially when covering the bunt. Power hitter in the three hole.

Kim Goldsmith, Bay Shore, P, Sr. -- Armed with a variety of spins, mixes her pitches and locates well. Solid contact hitter in the leadoff spot.

Nicole Graber, Half Hollow Hills West, SS, Jr. -- Leadoff hitter and sure-handed shortstop for the defending county champions. Hit game-tying double in county final.

Courtney Greene, East Islip, P, Soph. -- Hard throwing lefty with great command of the strike zone. Good screwball. Doesn't give batters a free base.

Jess Griffin, Sayville, OF, Sr. -- Anchor in the outfield for the defending three-time All-Long Island champions. Speed, great range, not afraid to dive, strong arm.

Katie Grodski, Mepham, CF, Sr. -- A line drive and gap hitter, headed to Drew University. Great speed and ability to track down balls in the gap.

Jancarla Herrera, Sewanhaka, SS/CF, Jr. -- High on-base percentage. A mix of power at the plate and speed on the bases. Heading to Saint Joseph's in Pennsylvania. .

Jessica Hom, Syosset, SS, Soph. -- Power slap hitter who gets on base in a variety of ways. Tremendous speed, range, first step, and arm. Recovering from Tommy John surgery.

Nicole Imhof, Calhoun, P, Sr. -- Three-time all-county lefty ace who throws a variety of pitches. Great bad speed and power, hits to all fields.

Justine Jean, Division, P, Jr. -- Throws hard and has tremendous movement on all of her pitches. Rarely is a pitch straight. Hit over .400 as a freshman.

Kelsey Larson, Long Beach, SS, Sr. -- Headed to Dowling. Covers a lot of ground at short. A power hitter who drives to all fields at the plate.

Taylor Larson, Islip, C, Jr. -- Tremendous power at the plate, has led team in RBIs last three seasons. Frames pitches well. Has athleticism to play anywhere on the field.

Tonianne Larson, Long Beach, P, Soph. -- Power pitcher with a variety of spins. Leadoff hitter with good speed.

Kristen Lindquist, East Meadow 2B -- Speedy leadoff hitter for the defending state champions. Hits for power and extra bases. Covers a lot of ground at second.

Jessica Lombardo, MacArthur, SS, Jr. -- Tremendous power, the ball explodes off her bat. Will hit gap to gap and produce with runners on base.

Taylor Ludewig, Miller Place, OF, Sr. -- Hits for contact, has pop, and rarely strikes out. Takes control in the outfield and covers a lot of ground.

Olivia Kaczmarek, Sayville, C, Sr. -- Second-team All-Long Island selection. Tremendous at blocking balls and throwing out attempted basestealers.

Breanna Kuhner, West Babylon, SS, Jr. -- Hits for contact and power in the leadoff spot. Reads defenses well and hits accordingly. Great range at short.

Jess Laird, East Meadow, C, Jr. -- Blocks ball in the dirt, frames pitches well, and limits the running game on the base paths for the defending state champions.

Kellie Lalier, Massapequa SS, Jr. -- Soft hands and great range at short. Hits for power and will find the gaps for extra base hits.

Briana Maniscalco, St. Dominic, P/2B, Sr. -- A run producer who drives the ball at the plate. Throws with velocity and pitches to location.

Gabby Marcheschi, St. Anthony's, P, Sr. -- Ace for the Friars. A finesse pitcher with good control. Moves the ball, hits her spots, keeps hitters off balance.

Kelsey Marigliano, Plainedge, SS, Jr. -- Her speed is a strength, in the field and on the bases. Skilled slap hitter who places the ball perfectly.

Kylie Marlow, Syosset, CF, Jr. -- Line drive contact hitter in the two spot. Led team in RBIs as a sophomore. Fundamentally sound in center with good speed and range.

Joanna Marmo, Calhoun C, Sr. -- Cannon for an arm and a great pitch-caller. Drives in plenty of runs out of the cleanup spot.

Alyse McAlpine, Half Hollow Hills West, 2B, Jr. -- As solid as they come defensively at second. Didn't make an error all season during a run to the county title.

Sarah McKeveny, Connetquot, P, Soph. -- The co-League I pitcher of the year, throws hard and mixes in an assortment of off-speed pitches. Solid contact hitter.

Claire McNamara, Oceanside, SS, Sr. -- First-team All-Long Island selection who fields nearly anything hit her way at short. A spark plug atop the lineup for the county runner-up.

Megan McNamara, Oceanside, CF. Sr. -- Second-team All-Long Island selection. Great at reading the ball off the bat and tracking it down in center. Always makes contact at the plate.

Leah Mele, Longwood, 2B, Sr. -- An All-Long Island selection who is bound for LIU Post. Aggressive but disciplined at plate. Tremendous range at second.

Ashley Melendez, Island Trees, P, Sr. -- Power hitting first-team All-Long Island selection. Great control of her changeup and ability to keep ball down in zone.

Nicolette Moustouka, MacArthur, P/CF, Sr. -- A line drive leadoff hitter who uses all fields. Versatile in the field. Hits her spots in circle, speedy in the outfield.

Shannon Myles, MacArthur, 3B, Soph. -- Great speed on the bases. Isn't afraid to dive for a ball at third. Can go to all fields at the plate.

Dani Napoli, Riverhead, SS, Sr. -- League II rookie of the year as a sophomore, all-county as a junior. Contact hitter with pop. Gold glove at short.

Lindsay Ness, Centereach, C, Sr. -- Only one error behind the plate as a freshman. Strong arm and great blocking skills behind the plate. Hits for contact.

Victoria Overbeck, Plainview JFK, P, Soph. -- Has pinpoint control of her pitches, rarely issuing a walk, and works the ball around the plate. Leadoff hitter who runs well.

Darby Pandolfo, Massapequa, C, Jr. -- Hits for average and power and delivers with runners in scoring position. Frames pitches well, strong throwing arm and blocking ability. Headed to Seton Hall.

Sam Perri, Floral Park, SS, Sr. -- A spray hitter who hit .500 last season. Speed on the bases, and in the field where she covers a lot of ground.

Alyssa Persich, Commack, OF, Sr. -- A small ball specialist. Lefty slap hitter in the leadoff spot, who can also hit for power and steal a base.

Morgan Petry, Island Trees, 2B, Sr. -- Hits with power to the opposite field and up the middle. Highly skilled at fielding the bunt.

Brianna Pinto, Carey, OF, Soph. -- Extremely quick on the bases and in the outfield. Lefty slap hitter who scores a lot of runs for the defending county champs. Headed to Fordham.

Katherine Piorkowski, Kellenberg, P, Sr. -- NYU-bound ace from the three-time defending CHSAA state champions. Precision pitcher with great movement.

Gabby Puglia, St. Anthony's, 1B, Jr. -- Contact hitter with extra base power who doesn't strike out often. Solid defensively at first.

Kim Puzo, St. Anthony's, 3B, Sr. -- Aggressive at the plate. Run producer who hits for extra bases and led team with 20 RBIs last season. Headed for Union College.

Kelly Rasulo, Kellenberg, 3B, Jr. -- Coach describes her as a "stabilizing force" at third. Quick to the hole, tremendous range. Hits for average and generates offense.

Christina Rayfield, Commack, SS, Sr. -- Gritty at the plate. A threat to put one over the fence and produce with runners on base.

Lexi Reale, St. Anthony's, SS, Jr. -- Led Friars with .397 average last season. Has extra-base power and hits well with runners on. Athletic shortstop and speedy base stealer.

Amanda Ricci, St. Dominic, CF, Jr. -- A tough out in the leadoff spot. Lefty with deceptive power and speed on the base paths.

Jayna Rios, Floyd, OF, Fr. -- An all-around talent. Uses the whole field, has the speed to stretch out an extra-base hit, and the power to hit the long ball.

Amanda Riveira, Kellenberg, CF, Sr. -- Leadoff batter with great discipline who sets the pace for defending CHSAA state champs. Great range in the outfield.

Christina Rizzi, Eastport-South Manor, C, Jr. -- Strong arm, quick to her feet when throwing out runners. Great rapport with her twin sister, Marissa.

Marissa Rizzi, Eastport-South Manor, P, Jr. -- Bound for St. John's. Throws hard and has great command. Run producer who knocked in 33 runs as a sophomore. Smooth fielder with excellent range.

Selena Ruiz, Clarke, C, Sr. -- Versatile lefty who can hit for power, slap, or bunt. Quick release and a strong arm behind the plate.

Alexa Russell, Kellenberg, SS, Jr. -- Big bat for the three-time defending CHSAA state champs. Line drive gap hitter who thrives with runners in scoring position.

Erin Russell, Seaford, SS, Jr. -- Hit over .500 as a sophomore. Ball explodes off her bat, uses all fields and finds the gaps.

Crista San Antonio, East Meadow, SS/3B, Sr. -- A line drive gap hitter with a reliable glove in the infield for the defending state champions. Headed to Providence.

Nahtica Shepherd, North Babylon, C, Soph. -- Only allowed one stolen base as a freshman. A tough out at the plate and a threat on the bases.

Emily Skupp, Mineola, P, Jr. -- Can throw in and out, up and down. Has command over five pitches, locates well, and can work both sides of the plate. Good contact hitter.

Lyndsay Smocer, Hauppauge, C, Sr. -- Bound for Dowling. Led Hauppauge in home runs, RBIs and slugging percentage last season. Suffered season-ending knee injury earlier this season.

Kaitlyn Snyder, Hauppauge, SS, Sr. -- Molloy-bound. Patient hitter who works the count, drives the ball, and hits for power.

Erin Sweeney, Connetquot, SS, Sr. -- Gap to gap hitter and a heads-up baserunner. Great range at shortstop, and after Tommy John surgery, arm is as strong as ever.

Corrin Tempesta, Bethpage, INF/P, Soph. -- A threat to get on base in a variety of ways. Hits to all fields. Solid defensively.

Cora Travaglione, Bellmore JFK, CF, Jr. -- Covers a ton of ground in center, rarely makes an error, cannon for an arm. Run producer with a high slugging percentage.

Jenna Turato, Carey, P, Sr. -- Ace for the defending Class A county champs who made second-team All-Long Island. Pinpoint control and great movement on her pitches. Headed to Molloy.

Amanda Ulzheimer, Carey 2B/OF, Jr. -- Great speed in the two-hole for the defending county champions. Covers a lot of ground at second base.

Jessica Vadala, New Hyde Park, P/3B, Sr. -- Six-year varsity player headed to Adelphi. Uses all fields at the plate and has good command in the circle.

Samantha Van Dorn, Patchogue-Medford, P, Sr. -- Co-pitcher of the year in League I. Can overpower batters or fool them with off-speed pitches.

Ana Vargas, Bay Shore, C, Jr. -- Bound for Farmingdale State. Great hands at plate and tons of power to the opposite field. Strong arm behind the plate.

Catherine Vaughan, Hauppauge, P, Jr. -- First-team All-Long Island selection. Power hitter and run-producer with base-stealing ability.

Rebecca Vilchez, Carey, P/OF/1B, Jr. -- Great discipline and power at the plate, can hit to all fields. Also a power pitcher with good movement.

Rachel Wandzilak, West Islip, P, Jr. -- Great command and movement on multiple pitches. Can drive the ball or play small ball at the top of the order.

Ali Wiener, Deer Park, 2B, Sr. -- Headed to Dowling. Phenomenal on over-the-shoulder pop-ups. Can swing, slash, and bunt at the plate.

Marissa Wilson, Sachem East, 1B, Sr. -- Led Suffolk County with eight home runs last season and guided the Flaming Arrows to the county final.

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