LEWISBORO, N.Y. The Highwinds Contracting womens softball team may not be the Miracle Mets of 1969, but the comparisons cant go unnoticed.
After more than a decade of futility that reached nearly epic proportions, the underdog squad surprised everyone this week by taking the Lewisboro Womens Softball League title.
During its first three years in existence, Highwinds Contracting never won a single game.
Then in the next two years, we won one, maybe two, games here and there, but that was it, said team member Amy Smith Stroka.
In the Lewisboro Womens Softball League, all eight teams make the double-elimination playoff tournament. This year, Highwinds Contracting finished in fourth place during the regular season its best record to date but never dreamed it would go on to the championship round, much less win a single game in the tournament. After all, they never had before.
However, going into the playoffs, Highwinds had one thing going for it. The team had beat Erikas the team that finished in first place twice during the regular season. And much to the members of Highwinds amazement, they beat them again during the playoffs.
It gave us confidence, Smith Stroka said. But they are a really remarkable team, so maybe we just got lucky.
In the final round, emerging from the winners bracket, Highwinds defeated the Dr. Martins 10-4 squad by a score of 9-3, putting all the years of struggling behind them.
It was a huge accomplishment for us, said Smith Stoka, whose husband has sponsored the squad for the past two years. I wasnt on the team when it started, but they always had fun, even when they were losing. We still have the seven core girls on the team that started with it 10 years ago. All these years we seem to play really well with each other; weve had good chemistry.
The team is comprised of 23 women who range in age from 17 to 60.
Most of us are in our 40s and 50s, said Smith Stroka, who usually plays outfield.
Smith Stroka, who is 48, has been playing softball since she was 16 and said her experiences with this group of players has been one of her best.
We played really well throughout the playoffs, she said. Going into it we figured we had nothing to lose. We were so relaxed, and we just decided to enjoy it. The pressure was off us and we played wonderfully.
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