The New York State High School Softball Hall of Fame has announced an inaugural class that includes the first player to pitch her team to four straight NYSPHSAA championships.
Julie Stashko went on to a stellar career at LSU after pitching Binghamton's Seton Catholic to NYSPHSAA crowns from 1993 to '96. She now coaches softball at Susquehanna Valley High School.
The other inductees are:
* Former NYSPHSAA softball chairwoman Aileen Durrant.
* Pat McDougal, who coached Sandy Creek to a 402-96 record from 1979 to 2000 and won nine Section III championships plus an NYSPHSAA crown in 1997.
* Bill Shaw, who coached Yonkers Roosevelt and co-founded the James "Ace" Morabito Memorial Invitational, the state's premier in-season high school tournament.
* Ron Decosse, who coached at Chenango Forks and was a force in the creation of the state tournament.
* Ron Grotke, who reported on the sport for The Evening Press in Binghamton.
* Larry Lash, former coach at North Tonawanda and Wilson Central as well as the Section VI chairman.
* Barb Cook, who pitched Susquehanna Valley to four Section IV and three state titles, throwing 75 career shutouts and five perfect games in 1998.
* Tara DiMaggio, a three-time state all-star who threw 16 no-hitters and hit .363 for John Jay East Fishkill.
* Joann Van Woort, a star pitcher at Bethlehem in the early 1970s.
* Doreen Denmon, an outstanding catcher for Union-Endicott in the pre-tournament era and former U.S. National Team member.
* Holly Aprile, who threw 23 no-hitters for Afton and now coaches Division I University of Pittsburgh.
* Jennifer Markert, a dominating hurler for Chenango Forks and former U.S. National Team member.
* Jessica Regan, who pitched Wellsville to a state-record winning streak.
* Trinette Cossa, a Valley Central shortstop who hit .550 during her senior year and .474 for her career.
* Lauren Fischetti-11, who pitched Bay Shore to a 49-2 mark and two state crowns, also contributing a .459 batting average and 17 home runs.
* Kim Ryan, 71-6 in the circle for Bay Shore with 44 shutouts and 14 no-hitters.