SOFTBALL: Mineola wins first conference title in 15 years

SOFTBALL: Mineola wins first conference title in 15 years
The Mineola softball team won its first conference title since 2008 this spring. Photo credit: Mineola H.S.

It had been longer since some of its players have been alive since Mineola won a conference title in softball.

But in 2023 the wait was over, as the Mustangs used senior leadership, some twin magic in the infield, and a first-year coach to grab the crown.

Led by sisters Mackenzie Fitzgerald (a senior shortstop) and Cassidy Fitzgerald (an 8th grade second baseman) and some outstanding pitching by Brianna Voyer and others, Mineola cruised through the regular season. Mackenzie Fitzgerald crushed opposing pitching, batting .675 with 26 RBIs and only two strikeouts.

But Mineola (14-3) unfortunately drew a 13 seed in the Class A playoffs, and were beaten by No. 4 Mepham in the first round, 8-4.

No. 15 seed Manhasset also lost in the first round of Class A.

In the Class AA playoffs, No. 7 Herricks fell in its first-round game, while in Class B/C, No. 4 seed Wheatley lost a close 2-1 first-round game to Locust Valley.

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