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It just doesn't get any better than this. The Port Washington JV girls softball team has had a sensational season with a 15-3 record. Dazzling their spectators, they ended it with a phenomenal 12-9 win over Lawrence.

The dynamite JV team consists of only 12 athletes, including their strong team captains: Nicole DeMeo, Michelle Kornblau and Jen Novotny. Teamwork, sportsmanship and a positive attitude are a part of the team's philosophy. "The team has great chemistry, it's been a pleasure working with this group of athletes." said the team's coach, Kerri Rauch.

The JV team defeated their competitors one after another proving their talent. With strong and consistent pitching, Nicole DeMeo lead her team through the season. The team's shortstop, Michelle Kornblau, kept the girls on their toes and made incredible plays all over the infield. Noelle Contino and Jackie Zaccherio assisted in quick outs for the team, while first baseman, Nicole Zdrojeski added to the strong infield by making outstanding catches at first. Nicole also worked as catcher this season and proved to be quick, strong and smart. Jane Forman did an outstanding job as the team's starting catcher. She blocked many wild pitches and provided great throws to second base, keeping the runners from advancing. The team's outfield was led by their unstoppable center fielder, Jen Novotny. Karen DeLuca also hustled and made some incredible catches in leftfield.

Offensively, the team is packed with heavy hitters. Nikki Ursprung showed her true colors at the end of the season with her strong line drives down right field. Danielle DiLucia and Kelly Halpern also contributed their share of powerful hits, even some homeruns. In addition, Rebecca Cuthill's speed helped the team steal many bases.

Reality hit when the Vikings suffered two losses against the strong Massapequa squad. It wasn't until the third game that the Vikings proved they could take on the Chiefs. The teams were neck and neck until Massapequa pulled ahead. The Vikings started the 7th inning behind by four and brought in five runs, allowing them to lead their rivals by one. With help from her defense, Nicole DeMeo stopped the Massapequa offense as she pitched an outstanding game and closed it with a 12-11 victory over Massapequa.

"The girls will never forget this season," said coach Rauch.


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