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There's a lot that goes into successfully stealing a base in softball, where baserunners must keep one foot on a base until the pitcher throws the ball.
A mix of athleticism, anticipation and aggressiveness – among other attributes – are all needed to get a grade A in stealing bases. Call it the "Art of the Steal."
With so many variables involved, it's extremely rare for a player who's made multiple stolen base attempts during a season to go without ever being unsuccessful.
But with the playoffs well underway, eight of the top 25 base stealers in New York have yet to be caught stealing.
Do you know a player who has put together noteworthy performances this
season but isn't on our list? Encourage their coach to upload stats to
MaxPreps (contact email@example.com for information).
Check out the New York softball playoff brackets
and New York softball stat leaders
1. Kaitlyn Janczuk, Sr, Hamilton, C/OF
25 steals, 19 games2. Jordan Mjaatvedt, Sr, Corinth
23, 223. Gianna Venuti, So, Commack, 2B
23, 244. Julia Mertsock, Letchworth (Gainesville)
22, 195. Maria Marcera, Jr, Irondequoit (Rochester)
21, 216. Gillian Flint, Jr, Caledonia-Mumford (Caledonia), 2B/OF
21, 237. Amairani Marin, Sr, Pelham Memorial (Pelham), OF
20, 208. Marielis George, Jr, Gorton (Yonkers), P/LF
19, 139. Samarys Gomez, Jr, Geneseo, C/1B
19, 2210. Kalie Herriman, Sr, Waverly, 2B/OF
19, 1911. Michalea Thompson, So, Hammondsport, DP/OF
17, 1212. Jenna Schifino, Jr, Avon, 2B/3B
17, 1913. Emily Podhorecki, Jr, Geneseo
17, 2114. Ashlee Bocach, Sr, Albion, 1B/3B
16, 1515. Maria Messina, Sr, Mayfield, INF/P
16, 1916. Jennifer Qu, So, The Baccalaureate School for Global Education (Queens), OF
16, 617. Casey Vattimo, Jr, Geneseo, SS
16, 2218. McKenna Sergi, Fr, Greene, CF/SS
15, 1419. Maddie Brink, So, Greene, C/1B
15, 1420. Willa Ferrer, Fieldston (Bronx)
15, 1021. Kammikia Barnes, Sr, Indian River (Philadelphia)
14, 1422. Leah Fowler, Sr, Irondequoit (Rochester)
14, 2123. Phoebe May, Fieldston (Bronx)
14, 1024. Jessica Ruskauff, Fr, Geneseo, P/3B
14, 2225. Jen` Teerlinck, Sr, Irondequoit (Rochester)
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