Woodlands 45-29 comeback victory is one for the history books


No, your eyes are not deceiving you.

On Tuesday night, Woodlands really fought back to defeat Poughkeepsie on the road by a 45-29 margin.

Woodlands head coach Samantha Angiletta prepared her team to be ready for the unexpected, but there was no anticipation for this end result. Even days away from the Falcons’ hard-fought victory, they’re still treating the game unique.

The 74 combined runs are the second in New York high school softball history.

“That score is insane, so I’m not surprised it’s up there, but I’m also surprised there’s been even more,” Angiletta said.

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According to Bill Shaw, high school softball historian and member of the State Softball Hall of Fame, a 2017 game where Palisade Prep beat Gorton, 46-36, remains the highest-scoring game in college history. State.

Tuesday’s seven-run marathon stands just ahead of a 72-0 Division 3 win by Oriskany in the 1980s.

The first pitch was originally scheduled for 4:45 p.m., but the start was delayed by 30 minutes. The game would not have ended until around 9:20 p.m.

“We laughed. We were like, the Yankees started their game later and finished before we got home,” Angiletta said. “I give the girls a lot of credit. Even the girls who came and supported and didn’t make the game, we were there and we were reminded of that all the time.”

Poughkeepsie led after each of the first five innings. The Pioneers built a 24-15 lead in four innings, before the Falcons started to increase it.

“The inconsistency with the steps really depressed us, and I feel like it was kind of a domino effect,” Angiletta said. “Since we were down it was hard for us to come back on offense, and it came and went. I also think the girls had the mindset that we were going to win against Poughkeepsie, because we had it. done before, so they started minimizing.

“We gave them this speech and made them realize that (Poughkeepsie) picked us for their senior night, and they wanted to play us. If we don’t give them what they came for, then it’s not a Thu. … They were trying to get 15 groceries (and pity us), and if we don’t come back and do some groceries, we were going home. It was almost 8:15 a.m., and we said, ‘We’ve done everything. this way for them to send us home? Then they started to get mad and say, ‘No. No.” and they knew what they had to do.”

Woodlands inserted Tiffany Nicholson in relief, and Nicholson mastered the game in the circle. She allowed just five earned runs on two hits and two walks, while striking out nine over the last four innings. She also had one hit and two RBIs at home plate.

“Tiffany is really good at creating that presence. That’s one of the reasons I wanted her to be a pitcher when I met her,” Angiletta said. “She can hold her own and liven up the pitch no matter if we win or lose. When she came in, you saw the whole character change. The girls got together and started banging, plus the RBI we could get .”

The Falcons also got a huge double play from Milagros Williams which helped spark the comeback.

“When they’re on that pitch, they all make it work,” Angiletta said. “Milagros had a huge double game. She was moving.”

Williams finished with a hit and five runs, in addition to his defensive contributions.

Woodlands outscored Poughkeepsie 30-5 over the last three innings, showing solid discipline at the plate.

“It’s mental to tell yourself not to swing on those heights,” Angiletta said. “Poughkeepsie pitcher, a lot of her throws were arcing. … High balls have been our area of ​​discipline this year. We were hungry for those high balls, but we really worked to tell ourselves we can’t do that and find the right timing.”

The Falcons led 30-28 going into the final inning, before scoring 15 runs to secure their victory in the top of the seventh. In addition to Nicholson, Chiara Amendola contributed two hits and a record six RBIs in the win. Kate Rios and Kyra Perez each had five RBIs. Bridget Carey had four RBIs, while Kesai Butler and Melissa Rosas each had three RBIs. Jordan Acevedo also had an RBI.

The score from Woodlands' comeback win over Poughkeepsie.  This is the second-highest scoring game in New York State high school softball history.

For Poughkeepsie, Julianna Powers stole seven bases, which according to the NYSPHSAA record books is the second-highest total in a game. Emilee Steger of Ripley and Kristine Shultz of Lake George Central share the state record with eight stolen bases. Powers also surpasses Brittni Alexander of Tappan Zee, who stole five bases in three different games during the 2008 season for the Section 1 record.

Powers, Joey Roach, Ava Cooper and Katia Estrada each scored four points. J’celle Wilson went 1 for 2 and scored three times for the Pioneers. Natalia Lopez had two RBIs and three runs.

Here’s a look at some of the four-hour marathon numbers:

528: Total number of pitches thrown by both teams.

134: Total number of plate appearances by both teams’ batters.

59: Total stolen bases, 36 of them were from Poughkeepsie

42: Total unearned runs

38: Total number of walks. Woodlands was able to draw 24 of them.

22: Errors between the two teams, 15 were from Poughkeepsie

16: Highest number of runs in an inning between the two teams (seventh inning)

8: Woodlands’ Melissa Rosas scored a record eight points.

7: The Falcons scored at least two runs in all seven innings of the game.

6: The margin of victory in an earlier meeting on April 25, where the Falcons beat the Pioneers, 22-16.

5: Number of innings with more than 10 points between the two teams.

4: Lowest number of combined points in an innings (second innings)

3: There was a lot of small ball and plate discipline in the drawing walks, as there were only three extra hits.

1: After a strong start, Poughkeepsie was limited to just one run over the last two innings.

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