Marlboro softball wins state Class B title

Marlboro senior third baseman Cassie Lapointe holds the state Class B trophy after a 2-1 walkoff win over Windsor at Moreau Recreational Park on June 12, 2016. (WILL MONTGOMERY/TIMES HERALD-RECORD)

MOREAU — Cassie Lapointe soared as she ran between second and third base, her arms straight out at her sides.

Marlboro’s senior third baseman thought she had just hit the biggest home run of her life, a walkoff shot in the state Class B championship game.

Foul ball.

Lapointe’s teammates had her back.

“All of us had confidence in each other so we knew if one person didn’t pull it off, the next would,” Lapointe said. “We rallied.”

After Lapointe grounded out to third for the first out in the seventh inning, Taylor Felicello singled, Allison Swartz doubled and Amber Mianti drew a walk. Ashley Votta poked a single to left field to score a jubilant Felicello as the walkoff run in a 2-1 win over Section 4 champion Windsor at Moreau Recreational Park.

“When Ashley hit that, there was no stopping me,” said Felicello, Marlboro’s junior center fielder. “I knew it was going to get down because it was a line drive and the left fielder was kind of far back. I was like, “Just get there. Just step on home plate and it’s all over.”

Marlboro senior first baseman Michala Casey drove in Votta with an RBI groundout in the second inning.

Senior starting pitcher Lily Moresco protected that one-run lead until Windsor first baseman Kasey Kozloski drove in a run with a single in the top of the fifth inning.

“No team can win by one run,” Moresco said. “We kind of needed it to get us focused back in the game and it did. That’s exactly what we needed. We got back in the dugout and refueled.”

Moresco bounced back with two scoreless innings to put Marlboro in a position to walk off in the bottom of the seventh. She struck out two, walked three and allowed four hits in a complete game performance.

Mora Kohlbach struck out three, walked six, hit one batter and allowed seven hits in a complete game for Windsor (17-8). Marlboro had lost to Windsor by a 2-1 score in the 2013 state championship game.

Marlboro (22-3) won its first state title in program history. The Dukes, winners of four straight Section 9 titles – three in Class B and one in Class A – lost in the state semifinals last season. Marlboro’s season ended in the state semifinal round in 1993, 2007 and 2009 and in the state championship game in 1991. Prior to the introduction of the state tournament in 1985, Marlboro lost in east regional championship games in 1983 and 1984.

“It’s the best feeling in the world,” Felicello said. “I can’t describe how it feels. All of our hard work has finally paid off. I don’t know what to say. I’m so excited.”

It was Marlboro’s second state title in as many days. The baseball team won the Class B championship Saturday evening in Endwell.

“It’s a great feeling. Plus, with the boys we had a lot of pressure to bring it back,” Votta laughed.

Moms and dads and siblings and grandparents stormed the field for photos at the end of the awards presentation. It was an emotional scene.

Moresco dabbed at the corners of her eyes as she tried to sum up what has been a terrific year for Marlboro athletics.

“I don’t what it is about Marlboro but we have some amazing athletes in the junior and senior classes,” Moresco said. “It showed this year. You know what? Everyone is amazing and extremely talented and I wish them the best next year.”

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