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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.