Staten Island, NY | Head Coach Stella Porto and the College of Staten Island softball program is proud to announce the celebratory signing of Plainedge High School senior Claudia Porcaro. The utility player, who has appeared in various locations on the field, is a two-time All-Country player expected to hit the ground running with the Dolphins in 2019.
A varsity softball player all four years in high school for the Red Devils, Porcaro played catcher, first base, and the outfield, powering the team at the plate with a healthy bat while lending sound defense. She saw what the College of Staten Island had to offer on the field and in the classroom and decided to make it her home for the next four years.
“I chose the College of Staten Island because I love the atmosphere of the college and the coaches,” said Porcaro.
Porcaro has had an outstanding career with Plainedge and it is sure to translate. She helped lead the Massapequa school with a colossal .575 batting average, adding a slugging percentage of .785. Her power hitting will be a welcomed addition to the team, and she is hoping to grow as a player when she makes the jump to the college level. She also played softball for a year with Team Long Island and was a three-year player with the Long Island Pride.
“I feel that the program is going to have an impact on me because I will be playing with some great players,” she said. “I hope to have an impact on the program with my bat.”
Head Coach Porto feels that Porcaro is ready for the college game, and looks forward to seeing her in a Dolphins uniform.
“I met Claudia at a clinic and we’ve been following her ever since. She is a power-hitting, line-drive hitter, and the way she swings the bat immediately caught our eye,” said Porto. “I can definitely see her occupying a place in the middle of our lineup as one of our every day catcher’s. She has an amazing arm and is able to frame the ball very well.”
The daughter of John and Nancy Porcaro, Claudia has an older brother Vincent, who played high school football and wrestled, and a younger sister, Isabella, who also plays softball in high school. She took home an Academic Achievement Award while at Plainedge as well, adding to her list of laurels.
The Dolphins are coming off of their sixth-straight CUNYAC Championship season and their 20th overall. The team graduated just a pair of outstanding seniors and will look to continue the unprecedented dominance in the conference and the region.