Yellowjackets Find Their Groove Against Green Mtn.
Chester, Vt. — It hasn’t been a particularly good year for the Windsor High baseball team, but there is no complaining about what happened yesterday at Green Mountain Union High, where the Yellowjackets rolled to a comfortable 17-4 win over the Chieftains.
“Some days they make a coach look good,” Windsor coach Don Swinyer said after his team pitched well, hit well and picked the ball up on defense. “That’s the recipe for success,” Swinyer said.
If stars were awarded, perhaps the first star would have gone to relief pitcher Shawn Pinsonault. Windsor bolted out to a 9-0 lead, but in the third inning Green Mountain had four runs in and the bases loaded with just one out. At that point Swinyer relieved Tyson Boudro, who had hit five batters, with Pinsonault. The count went to 2-1 on Carter Wilhelm, who hit the next pitch on the ground to third, where freshman third baseman Nick Kapuscinski gloved the ball, stepped on third and threw across the diamond for the inning-ending double play.
Swinyer said he was glad to see that play. “Things weren’t going so well right then,” he said.
Windsor’s next opponent is undefeated Otter Valley on Wednesday. The Jacks are 2-4.
Boudro gave up only three hits in the time he was in there, but his curve ball let him down as it stayed inside and didn’t break to the right-handed batters and he plunked a bunch of them.
Pinsonault ended up going 42∕3 innings with three strikeouts and he allowed three hits. He walked none in a nifty 45-pitch effort.
Green Mountain, which had won two straight and is now 2-2, was missing three players who were gone on family business.
“And when you’re not deep anyway, this really hurts,” Green Mountain coach Eric Anderson said.
Windsor received eight walks from two Green Mountain pitchers, and five who received free passes came around to score.
A passed ball and an Ethan Hill sacrifice fly brought home two runs in the first for Windsor. The Jacks added seven more in the third as Tanner Tibbits, who had three RBIs yesterday, had a two-run single while Kapuscinski drove in two more with a triple down the line in left. And the runs kept coming as the Jacks scored once more the fourth and sixth innings, four times in the fifth and twice in the seventh.
Connor Collins, the Yellowjackets’ steady center fielder, was also steady at the plate with three singles, a walk and a sacrifice fly. He scored four times.
Brighton Bischofberger throw 102 pitches in going five innings for Green Mountain. Brady Stewart went the last two innings.
The Windsor defense made just one error.