Staten Island, NY | Head Coach Stella Porto and the College of Staten Island softball program is proud to announce the celebratory signing of Sachem North High School senior Emily Sannuto. The All-Division pitcher is ready to make a splash as a Dolphin and could figure into the CSI pitching circle as an impact arm from the get-go beginning next season.
A varsity softball star with the Flaming Arrows, Sannuto has also participated in club softball, occupying the circle while doubling in the outfield. Shw has taken home All_Division honors in each of the last two years and as a future educator, she knew she could fit right in on the College of Staten Island campus.
“I chose CSI because it offers what I want academically and athletically while also being close to home,” Sannuto said. “I did not want to go far away from home so CSI is the perfect distance away.”
A Lake Ronkonkoma native, Sannuto feels perfectly at home at CSI, and in the pitcher’s circle. She boasts an ERA of 1.67 at the high school level, having stuck out a school record 125 batters in 125.1 innings pitched. She boasts a WHIP of 1.233 and when she has made het cuts at the plate, she boasts a .373 on-base percentage. Sannuto knows that her arm can help the Dolphins unit, but it is her ability to enjoy and appreciate the game that she believes will ease her transition.
“I feel that I can bring my love of the game as well as the fun I have while playing,” she said.
Head Coach Porto knows that Sannuto is going to be an impact. Especially with the graduation of one of CSI’s most accomplished pitchers all-time in Nicolette Trapani, Sannuto will be expected to hit the ground running in 2019.
“We saw Emily pitch at a showcase a couple of years ago in New Jersey and we were taken with her from the start,” said Porto. “She’s got a great riser and a nice drop pitch. She has great power and with her ability to move the ball around I think she will be a very effective pitcher for us. She visited with us last year and she fell in love with the school and the program. We feel it’s a great fit and Emily is going to fit right in and have a great career here.”
The daughter of Michelle and Robert Maier and Frank Sannuto, Emily has an older brother, Chris, and a younger sister Kaylie, who pitches for her travel team and middle school team. Emily has aspirations to be a future teacher, and is the winner of the SCTA Teachers of Tomorrow Scholarship. She has also played softball for two club programs, the Bandits in 2013 and Sudden Impact in 2015.
The Dolphins recently put the finishing touches on their sixth-straight CUNYAC Championship season, their 20th overall, that carried with it an advance to the NCAA Division III National Championship Tournament. The team graduated just two players and hopes to continue to raise the performance level of the team in 2019 and beyond.