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Wednesday, October 1, 2014
East Meadow wins state championship
Ron Manfredi/Herald
Coach Stew Fritz and the Lady Jets repeated as Nassau County and Long Island champs on the way to capturing the first state title in program history.

With East Meadow clinging to a two-run lead and one out away from a state softball championship, Liverpool’s Dana Nicoletti lifted a shallow fly to left that had endless possibilities with the bases loaded.

Lady Jets pitcher Kerri Shapiro was afraid it would drop for a game-tying hit, catcher Madison West braced for a play at the plate, and center fielder Marisa SanAntonio took a few steps toward left as Victoria Bova made a beeline for the ball. Bova, who prior to the top of the seventh inning told SanAntonio it was her dream to make a diving catch to end a game, did just that to secure East Meadow’s 3-1 victory in last Saturday afternoon’s state Class AA title game at Moreau Field in South Glens Falls.

“I didn’t know if it was fair or foul, but I know Marisa always has my back so I went for it,” Bova said. “I got a good jump and dove. After I rolled over and still had the ball in my glove, I looked up and saw my teammates charging at me.

“It was unbelievable,” the sophomore added. “I didn’t want to let my teammates down. Everyone played their hearts out.”

It’s the first-ever state championship for East Meadow (21-2), which reached the state final last spring but came up short against Cicero-North Syracuse.

“Having last year’s experience was huge,” said Shapiro, who allowed three hits, walked five, struck out five and also blasted a solo homer over the fence in left in the third to make it 3-0. “We were definitely more comfortable this time around.”

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