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Hail Commodores: Bayside, Queens’ best last year, brings almost all back for a team that could contend for city championship

But coach Steve Piorkowski is not ready to crown his team just yet."You gotta execute, that's clearly what it comes down to," he said. "They can't get so full of themselves with expectations."The expectations, though, are aplenty. In addition to Marra, second baseman Danielle Brustmeyer, first baseman Cadie Chu, shortstop Mariel Perez and center fielder Tai Anne Bishop are all some of the best players in Queens at their respective positions."You just gotta make sure you're prepared," said a hesitant Piorkowski.Bryan Brown knows Bayside is the hands-on favorite to win Queens I-A, but he doesn't want anyone to forget about his Francis Lewis squad."More than anything, this season we're looking for respect," Brown said. "It seems like everyone has already anointed Bayside as the winner of the division."Like the Commodores, the Patriots bring almost everyone back - with some slight alterations. Starting pitcher Angelica Farrell, now a senior, will move to shortstop and junior Tina DeLuca will get a shot in the circle."Last year, we were trying to click together," Brown said. "(Now), we want to make sure that people know Francis Lewis is still here."There's a new ace at Cardozo: sophomore Amanda Annicaro. The sophomore was 6-1 with a 3.08 earned run average last season and impressed coach Larry Alberts so much with her attitude in the circle that he made her his No. 1 starter."She was the most poised freshmen I've ever seen," Alberts said.Last year's regular starter Jaclyn Liebowitz, now a junior, will keep her strong bat in the lineup at second base and senior Christine Brewer will play third base and bring leadership as captain. Add the defensive acumen of sophomore Sandy Tomasik at shortstop and the big bat of another sophomore, Anna Laboccetta, and the young Judges could make some noise in Queens I-A."She is hitting-wise one of the best we're gonna see in a long time," Alberts said of Laboccetta.Townsend Harris' fate lies with the right arm of junior Cecilia Ehresman, but there are other contributors as well, namely senior catcher Danielle Abatemarco and sophomore infielder Allison Donovan.

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