Softball Season Wrap-Up

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The high school’s softball team wrapped up a remarkable year in which the Lady Redmen won the Suffolk County championship and were just two outs away from winning the Long Island championship. As a team, they broke the school record for home runs (26), wins (23), batting average (.397), runs (246), doubles (52), walks (93) and RBI (212).

All-County pitcher Courtney Greene, a recent graduate from the Class of 2017, had one of the best overall seasons in the history of East Islip softball. She finished her senior season with a 20-2 record, broke a school record with 220 strikeouts in 144 innings, and earned a 0.78 ERA. She had an outstanding 12 shutouts this season, including three in the postseason, where she won five games and struck out 69 batters. Based on her efforts this season, she was named Large School Pitcher of the Year, All-Long Island and Newsday Long Island Player of the Year. Offensively, she had a terrific year batting in the cleanup spot. She set a new school record by batting .519 – including 40 hits, 37 RBI, eight home runs and six doubles – and struck out only five times in 85 at-bats. Greene batted .500 in the playoffs, logging two home runs and 12 RBI. Greene will take her skills to the next level playing at Molloy College this fall.

“Her three-run home run against Deer Park in the county final, that put East Islip up by one run, will go down as one of the biggest home runs East Islip softball has ever seen,” said coach Jason McGowan, who was named League VI coach of the year.

All-County and All-Long Island shortstop and senior captain Jackie Carty had a tremendous year. Batting third in the lineup, she finished with a batting average of .500, earning nine home runs, eight doubles and eight stolen bases, and striking out just six times in 100 at-bats. Her achievement of 42 runs, 43 hits and 44 RBI made her East Islip’s first-ever member of the exclusive “40-40” club. Carty turned it up a notch in the playoffs, going 10 for 18 with eight runs, two home runs and 13 RBI in six games. A three-sport athlete, Carty will play soccer at Molloy College this fall.

“Jackie has broken most of the offensive categories here at East Islip and she will be tough to replace,” said McGowan. “She is one of the best athletes ever to come out of this high school, particularly as a soccer goalie, where she is regarded as one of the best in the state.”

Junior Alise Colandro, a two-time All-County catcher, had another big season. She batted .442 this season, scored 31 runs, had 34 hits and 14 RBI. Batting second in the lineup, Colandro stepped up her game in the playoffs, hitting .450 with nine hits and scoring nine runs in six games.

“Alise was a vocal leader and caught a no-hitter and 12 shutouts,” said McGowan. “Blessed with a strong arm and a quick release, only three base runners stole on her all year. We look forward to Alise leading us again next season.”

Fellow junior Katie Burk, the team’s third baseman and junior captain, had a breakout season, committing only three errors all season and playing every inning of every game. Offensively, she had a monster year, hitting .451 with three home runs, 37 hits, six doubles and 25 RBI, and was a clutch player in the playoffs, hitting .409 with five runs scored and 8 RBI. 

“Katie is one of the best defensive third basemen in the county,” said McGowan. “She possesses soft hands and a rifle as an arm.”

Sophomore Allison Dell’Orto earned All-League honors this season and was named to the All-Tournament team. She batted .402 with 34 runs scored, 35 hits, nine doubles and 17 walks. She batted a team-high .500 in the playoffs.

Freshman left fielder Lauren Crawford was also named to the All-Tournament team for her performance during the year, which included 29 runs, 29 hits, 23 RBI and 13 walks. Crawford had a .387 batting average for the Lady Redmen this season, including .474 in the playoffs.

After the postseason, Greene, Carty and Burk were named to the New York Sportswriters All-State team as well as NFCA Regional All-Americans.