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Her father, Steve Piorkowski -- who coached softball, basketball, and bowling at Bayside High School in Queens -- passed away Feb. 18 at the age of 54, after a three-year battle with cancer.
Ratto passed away two weeks before the season began, so Turato wrote his saying on the inside of the hair bow she wears each game. And Friday, during Carey's 7-1 softball win over Island Trees, she gave the ball a ride over the fence for the first time in her five-year career.
Rizzi, a junior who verbally committed to St. John's, has allowed only two earned runs in six games this season. She tossed her third shutout, allowing six hits and two walks and striking out six, and said her defense had one of the best games she's seen it play.
"Our one mission is for everyone to work towards one goal," pitcher Krista Carcaterra said Saturday after Massapequa defeated Calhoun, 6-2, to remain unbeaten. "When we all put in our little attributes, we will accomplish that one mission of being the best we can be."
The 5-2 freshman, who hit five home runs combined in her first two seasons on varsity, hit three over the fence Tuesday. She had the best game of her young career, going 4-for-4 with seven RBIs and a walk.
With the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the 10th, Bluethgen induced a grounder that was hit directly to third baseman Jill McFadzen, who tossed to first to end the game.
Claire and Megan McNamara, 17, helped lead Oceanside to the Nassau Class AA championship series last season. The Sailors are ranked as the top team in the county this season.
The snow has mostly melted. Grass is finally visible. Games are finally being played ... well, at least on the fields that have drained properly. So, it's a perfect time to list the top 20 story lines for the 2015 high school softball season.