Windsor Baseball Handles Thetford
Windsor — Every coach would like his baseball team play as Windsor did Saturday in its 10-2 win over Thetford Academy at MacLeay-Royce Field.
What the Yellowjackets (1-2) did was simplify the game by throwing strikes, catching the ball on defense and putting the ball in play on offense.
Like all successful baseball teams, it all begins with pitching, and the Yellowjackets’ Ethan Hill, even though he gave up six hits, didn’t hurt himself by missing the strike zone. The senior threw 89 pitches, 66 for strikes. He walked just two. The defense, which had been shaky in two opening-season losses, did not make an error and the offense put the ball in play — only three Jacks struck out.
“We’ve been able to get outside recently, so that helped a lot,” Windsor assistant coach Jamie Richardson said.
Richardson was filling in for Don Swinyer, who was away. In fact both head coaches were away as Thetford’s Sean Fitzgerald filled in for Phil Chaput.
Thetford may have been bothered more than other schools by the wet and cold spring and was playing in its first game of the season. Boots, bobbles and pitches out of the strike zone allowed Windsor to score seven times in the first two innings and made the hole to big for the Panthers to crawl out of.
“That was pretty much it,” Fitzgerald said about the slow start. “We got some hits as the game went along, but we were pretty much out of it by that point.”
Henry Nichols started on he mound for Thetford. He walked two of the first three batters, followed by a single by Jacob Maegher, an error and two-run double by Nick Kaspuscinski as part of a four-run first. Nichols lasted the first two innings, throwing 57 pitches. Jordan Eastman pitched the last four innings, giving up three runs on six hits.
Richardson thought Hill’s success was from his ability to mix up his pitches. “I thought he kept them off balance,” he said.
He also thought it was important to curt down on the strikeouts. “It always helps to put the ball in play,” he added.
Windsor added three more runs in the second as Matt Thayer and Russell Simonds had RBI singles. Eastman came on in the third inning for Thgtford and quieted things down, giving up one run in the fourth on a Connor Gould single. An error and a double steal brought Windsor two more runs in the sixth.
Thetford put together three hits in the third inning for its two runs as Eastman ha an RBI triple and was later driving in by Connor Brown’s single.
Eastman and Brown each had two hits for Thetford.
Meagher, Simonds, Kapuscinski and Gould each had two hits for Windsor.