Softball: Albertus Magnus' run ends in Class B final

Softball: Albertus Magnus' run ends in Class B final

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Softball: Albertus Magnus' run ends in Class B final

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Olivia Zoeller of Pawling HS delivers a pitch during the Section 1 Class B softball final at North Rockland HS in Thiells, NY on Saturday May 28, 2016

Olivia Zoeller of Pawling HS delivers a pitch during the Section 1 Class B softball final at North Rockland HS in Thiells, NY on Saturday May 28, 2016

Sarah Campbell of Pawling HS attempts to reach first base during the Section 1 Class B softball final at North Rockland HS in Thiells, NY on Saturday May 28, 2016

Sarah Campbell of Pawling HS attempts to reach first base during the Section 1 Class B softball final at North Rockland HS in Thiells, NY on Saturday May 28, 2016

Pawling HS took on Albertus Magnus HS in the Section 1 Class B softball final at North Rockland HS in Thiells, NY on Saturday May 28, 2016

Pawling HS took on Albertus Magnus HS in the Section 1 Class B softball final at North Rockland HS in Thiells, NY on Saturday May 28, 2016

Pawling HS took on Albertus Magnus HS in the Section 1 Class B softball final at North Rockland HS in Thiells, NY on Saturday May 28, 2016

Pawling HS took on Albertus Magnus HS in the Section 1 Class B softball final at North Rockland HS in Thiells, NY on Saturday May 28, 2016

THIELLS – Unlike most teams that see their season come to an end, there were no tears streaming down the faces of Albertus Magnus’ softball players following Saturday’s 5-3 loss to Pawling in the Section 1 Class B final at North Rockland High School.

Twelve players stood on the first-base line with their heads held high, many resting their hands against their hips as Pawling accepted its championship plaque.

Albertus Magnus pitcher Kelly O'Brien works during Saturday's Section 1 Class B final against Pawling at North Rockland High School.

Albertus Magnus pitcher Kelly O’Brien works during Saturday’s Section 1 Class B final against Pawling at North Rockland High School.

With a 15-seed branded next to its name, and a freshman starting pitcher in the circle, few expected the Albertus Magnus to even reach the Class B final. The Falcons, who predominately played against Class AA and Class A competition all season, knew they could potentially make a splash in the tournament, but didn’t expect this kind of run.

“We knew we had kind of a chance, because we had a very hard schedule,” Albertus Magnus senior Paulina Dore said, before chuckling, “we didn’t know we were going to make it this far.”

No 15-seed has ever won a Section 1 softball title, according to tournament committee members, although it could not be confirmed how many 15-seeds have reached the championship game.

“I’m just so happy it was my senior year that we could do this,” said Dore, one of three seniors on the team. “I wish I could be here another year so we could win it all next year, but I’m happy that we made it this far. We never made it past the first playoff game all four years, so it was a good feeling.”

Albertus Magnus stunned second-seeded and defending champion Rye Neck, seventh-seeded Putnam Valley, and third-seeded Westlake before the top-seeded Tigers halted their postseason run.

The Falcons' Paulina Dore follows the ball into her glove during warmups before the Section 1 Class B final at North Rockland High School in Thiells on Saturday.

The Falcons’ Paulina Dore follows the ball into her glove during warmups before the Section 1 Class B final at North Rockland High School in Thiells on Saturday.

The Falcons jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third inning before Pawling’s bats started to heat up. Katie Amideneau scored the first run of the game on a wild pitch. Albertus Magnus added runs on an infield single by Jacklyn Onody and a sacrifice fly by Tori Paciello.

Pawling got one run back in the bottom of the third, tied it in the fifth, and took the lead in the bottom of the sixth.

“It’s been a great ride,” Albertus Magnus head coach Carl D’Alba said. “I said, ‘Look, once we get in there, you’re going to shine. You’ll see what happens,’ and sure enough, they took off and they shined.”

Pawling will play the Section 9 champion in a Class B state regional semifinal Thursday at North Rockland High School at 4 p.m.

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