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Softball Stars Earn Postseason Honors

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Four members of the high school’s strong softball squad earned post-season honors. Juniors Jackie Carty and Courtney Greene and sophomore Alise Colandro were named All-County athletes, with Greene also named to the All-Long Island first team, while freshman Ashley Benvengo was named All-League and League IV Rookie of the Year.

“I am very proud of these four athletes,” said coach Jason McGowan, who was named League IV Coach of the Year. “They put in the work during the offseason, and it showed. It’s an honor to coach them.”

Greene, a pitcher and the team’s junior captain, had an outstanding season, leading the Lady Redmen to the Suffolk County final after losing in the second round of the playoffs. Behind Greene’s solid pitching performances, East Islip rattled off five straight wins to reach the final. As a pitcher, 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 career strikeouts, also a school record.

According to McGowan, Greene’s season was highlighted by an epic matchup with Eastport-South Manor in the semifinal, in which 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.

Greene has committed to play softball for Molloy College starting in the fall of 2017.

Colandro, the team’s catcher and leadoff hitter, had a breakout season after earning League IV Rookie of the Year last year. According to McGowan, Colandro had one of the best offensive seasons in the history of East Islip softball, batting .435 while compiling a school-record 47 hits. She also scored 26 runs and stole 19 bases, and in the playoffs, batted .394 with 13 hits and eight runs.

“Alise caught every inning of every game this season, which is a credit to her toughness and her resiliency,” said McGowan. “Alise was clutch during the playoffs and was the catalyst of our county finalist team. When she got going, the team got going. She handled our three different pitchers this season with ease and was a vocal leader on the field. We look forward to Alise leading us again next year.”

Carty, playing shortstop for the first time, and batting third, led East Islip with six home runs, tying a school record, including three in the playoffs. She also scored 27 runs, walked 21 times (another school record) and had 27 RBI. With no seniors and only two juniors on the team, the four-year varsity player emerged as a leader on and off the field.

“Jackie was our emotional leader and a major factor in the team’s success,” said McGowan. “Her hustle, performance in the clutch and desire to be great are what makes her so special.”

A three-sport athlete, Carty has committed to play soccer at Molloy College in the fall of 2017.


Wednesday, July 24, 2019