Written by Terry Errigo Vitale Thursday, 07 May 2009 11:10
Under the direction of Coaches Laura Malone and Brandon Oppenheim, this year’s team is presently holding first place, with a record of 9-0 in League AA - I Conference III. Moreover, up to date, they are the only undefeated softball team in Nassau County.
Highlights of the season so far include the no hitter against Port Washington by pitcher Stephanie Ringbauer, who struck out 10. The next day she only gave up one infield hit against Freeport and struck out five. She has thrown five shut outs so far this season. Stephanie landed a big win against the higher conference team, Hicksville in 8 innings 11-10. It is nice to see Newsday give her the credit deserved after dynamic performances on the mound year after year.
Nicola Devine has also shown her dominance on the mound as she struck out 12 against Elmont for an 11-4 win. She then led the team against Great Neck South with an 18-1 win with seven strikeouts. Behind the plate, Kelly Ann Keenan has called tremendous games for the pitchers.
Against Herricks, the biggest conference rivals for the Lady Dalers, Keenan was four for four with three RBI’s. First baseman Kellie Murphy had a bat that was on fire at the Hicksville game as she drove in the winning run. Against Herricks, she produced two RBI’s with a double. Samantha Vitale, who plays second base, placed a perfect bunt that resulted in two runs scoring during the comeback against Hicksville. In the Great Neck South game, she was three for three with an RBI and three runs scored. At shortstop, freshman Kat Zabielski is the most all-around softball player. Kat was four for five with two RBI’s in the Calhoun win. In the Elmont game, she blasted a two-run homer and finished with four RBI’s.
Against Valley Stream Central, third baseman Kristie Summus nailed three triples and produced three RBI’s. In the Calhoun win, Kristie went three for four with runs scored. Center fielder Arielle Hornedo threw runners out at the plate during the Hicksville win and controlled the outfield. Offensively, she is the lead off; due to her ability to get on base, steal, and score runs as seen during the Calhoun win. In left field, Emily Dorso made a great catch in the Calhoun game. Up at the plate against Port Washington she was three for four with three RBI’s. In right field, Melissa Gehlbach made a beautiful throw to nail a runner at second against Great Neck South.
Against Freeport, she blasted a triple for two RBI’s. The back up catcher and designated hitter is freshman Julie Teller. Julie’s explosive bat shined as she went four for five with three RBI’s against Hicksville. Amanda Lubliner has made defensive plays in right field for the Dalers. This lefty drove in two runs in the Calhoun win. Jen Jacobs has made sharp defensive plays at short and second base. This pinch runner has shown her speed on the bases and scored runs. Lisa Duddy made a double play in the Great Neck South game while playing second base. She too has a powerful swing that has landed singles this season against Great Neck South.
The Lady Dalers have seven games left and have their sights set on playoffs.