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King's role expanded through the years, from a leadoff hitter expected to use her speed to wreak havoc, to the focal point of the offense. She went from being the one who started the engine to the one who fueled it.
The Jets were crowned state champions for the first time in program history. The team's five seniors -- Shapiro, LaRosa, Travis, Marisa San Antonio and Madison West -- can now move on knowing they helped put the first softball state championship banner on the wall at East Meadow High School.
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The Red Devils entered the bottom of the seventh with a one-run lead, but Eden staged a rally of its own en route to a 4-3 win in the Class B state semifinal at Moreau Park in South Glens Falls.
Her diving grab helped East Meadow capture its first state championship in program history by sealing the Jets' 3-1 victory Saturday over Liverpool in the state Class AA championship game at Moreau Field.
Sayville was on the wrong end of that tally in the state Class A softball final Saturday. It stung and it was embarrassing, they said, and if even it were possible to sugarcoat, the Golden Flashes refused to.
The bizarre play allowed the Golden Flashes (21-3) to win their third straight LIC and Southeast Regional final. They advance to next Saturday's state Class A semifinal in Queensbury. Carey, which got a long home run over the centerfield fence from Rebecca Vilchez, finished 24-3.
Shapiro, who allowed five hits and four walks with seven strikeouts, induced a grounder to short with the tying run on second for the final out, sealing a trip to the state tournament in Queensbury next Saturday.
Simpson threw the last pitch in top-seeded Sayville's 2-0 win over Islip Thursday in the Suffolk Class A championship, and she was mobbed shortly after. She did not, however, raise the plaque . . . because there was no plaque to raise!
Although they trailed early, the Colts came away with the victory, 4-3, behind a two-out rally in the sixth inning, and advanced to the regional final on June 6 against East Meadow at Mitchel Field.
The top-seeded Red Devils defeated Hampton Bays, 9-3, on Wednesday to win the Suffolk Class B championship. Center Moriches, which fell in the championship game in each of the previous five seasons, captured its first county title since 2004.
When King secured the 21st out of the CHSAA state softball final Tuesday at the College of Staten Island, Kellenberg could celebrate its third consecutive state title after a 7-2 win over St. Joseph by the Sea.
Fieldston's bats were wide awake from the get-go. A three-run first and a two-run second were the difference in its 6-0 win yesterday at Manhattanville College.
Mahoney's three-run double capped a six-run fifth inning for top-seeded St. Anthony's in its 11-4 win over No. 3 Kellenberg in Game 1 of the CHSAA softball final Tuesday.
LaRosa's single in the bottom of the seventh inning gave top-seeded East Meadow a 5-4 walk-off win over Oceanside in Game 1 of the Class AA Nassau County championship at Mitchel Athletic Complex.
Sciara drilled a three-run shot in the third inning as No. 5 Islip beat fourth-seeded Miller Place, 6-2, Monday in the first round of the Suffolk Class A softball playoffs.
The twins have been instrumental in helping third-seeded Oceanside advance to the Nassau Class AA championship series, where they'll face top-seeded East Meadow beginning tomorrow at 4 p.m. at Mitchel Athletic Complex.
Hux singled in the tying run in the sixth and Choinski followed with an RBI triple as No. 7 Hauppauge rallied to beat 10th-seeded Centereach, 3-2, in the first round of the Suffolk Class AA playoffs.
Turato, who commanded the strike zone and worked the outside of the plate, tossed a two-hit shutout, allowed one walk and struck out five. Amanda Ulzheimer, who combines with Brianna Pinto to form a speedy and formidable duo atop the lineup, went 4-for-4 with an RBI.
Several local teams will take part in the 33rd Annual James "Ace" Morabito Memorial Invitational Softball Tournament this weekend, held at the Mudville Softball Complex in Herkimer, New York.
Fitzpatrick hit a two-run homer over the rightfield fence that propelled Rocky Point to a 2-1 victory over Islip Tuesday in a Suffolk League IV softball game at Wing Elementary School in Islip.