Softball Star Greene Signs with Molloy


Senior and All-County softball star Courtney Greene signed a National Letter of Intent on Nov. 10 with Molloy College. She will attend the Rockville Centre college next fall, pitching for the Lions, and plans to major in accounting.

“The business program is highly talked about,” Greene said regarding her selection. “I met with the dean of business, and that drew me to the program. There’s a lot of opportunity there for me.”

A starting pitcher and first baseman on the varsity squad since eighth-grade, Greene earned All-Conference honors as a freshman and sophomore, and All-County and All-Conference as a junior. Other accolades include being named to the All-Long Island first team last year and a NFSA Academic All American in 2014. Greene also played travel ball with LI Sudden Impact Gold, earning a 6-0 fall pitching record under coach Bill Havdouglas.

She had a remarkable season last year, leading the Lady Redmen in five consecutive victories to reach the Suffolk County final. Greene won 17 games and set a new school record in striking out 176 batters in 155 innings. She notched her 500th career strikeout this season as well, finishing the year with 518, another school record. In a memorable semifinal battle against Eastport-South Manor, she pitched 12 innings, struck out 13 batters and hit a home run that cut the lead in half. On offense, Greene batted .327 (.375 in the playoffs) and scored five home runs (including four playoff homers), 32 hits and 27 RBI.

“I made so many memories with this team,” Greene said. “I’m upset it’s my last year but it’s been a lot of fun.”

Going into her senior year, she is East Islip’s all-time strikeout leader with 525, second in RBI with 58 and second in doubles with 16. She also stands second in wins, needing only seven this spring to become the Lady Redmen’s all-time leader.

“Courtney has blossomed from a shy, timid eighth-grade varsity pitcher into a confident, reliable and mature senior athlete,” said East Islip’s softball coach, Jason McGowan. “She has put in the work on and off the field these last four years as a varsity player, and led a tremendously young team to the Suffolk County AA finals last spring. As our pitcher, she pitched every game and won against the best softball teams in the county through our playoff run leading up to the county finals. She is one of our captains, and does a great job leading our younger players. I look forward to Courtney having a monster senior season on the mound and at the plate where she has become one of Suffolk’s best hitters.”