Five Softball Players Named All-State

Lakeland graduate Colleen Walsh was named first team all-state. Credits: File photo

YORKTOWN, N.Y. — Five local softball players were named all-state for Class A section champion Lakeland and Class AA section champion Yorktown.

Earning first-team all-state honors in Class A was recent Lakeland graduate and pitcher Colleen Walsh, who will play next spring at Sacred Heart University.

“It means a lot to me. Last year I was second team so I’m glad I was able to improve as I did,” Walsh said. “I work hard and we have accomplished so much as a team this season so I am pretty proud of the season both me and my team have had. It was a great year to end on.”

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Walsh’s classmate, second baseman Cameron Lischinsky, who will play next on the diamond at LIU-Post, was named to the second team.

“I feel very grateful and honored to have been chosen all-state,” Lischinsky said. “My teammates, coaches and I have worked very hard this year to be the best that we could be. Winning the section title was awesome and also proved we can compete with the best. I couldn’t have asked for more of an amazing senior year. It has given me such great memories.”

Catcher Amber Badillo, another Lakeland graduate, was named to the seventh team.

“It’s definitely an honor to be named all-state,” said Badillo, who will play next year at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County. “I could not have done it without my teammates and my coaches.”

Yorktown had two players named all-state in Class AA, including rising senior pitcher Erica Salveggi, who was named to the fourth team.

“I am very ecstatic about it,” Salveggi said. “I couldn’t have reached this achievement without the help and work of my teammates and coaches. They mean the world to me in that we always have each other’s backs. This is going to push me for next year to work even harder.”

Third baseman Brittany Giordano, was named to the sixth team.

“It means so much to me,” said Giordano, who next season will display her skills at Post University. “I’ve worked so hard and this was by far my best season. It just shows that hard work pays off.”

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