Windsor Baseball Outlasts Springfield

Windsor — In a battle of two team trying to make something of what remains of the baseball season, Windsor broke a 3-3 tie with two unearned runs in the sixth inning to back the four-hit pitching of Ethan Hill as the Yellowjackets downed Springfield on Saturday morning at MacLeay Royce Field, 5-3.

It has been a struggle this spring for both teams as Windsor (3-7) snapped a four-game losing streak on Saturday, while Springfield (2-6) lost its fourth straight.

“When Ethan is on the mound we always have a chance,” Windsor coach Don Swinyer said.

Hill walked none, did not allow a hit after third inning and retired the final 10 batters in order. Hill had just two three-ball counts in his 100-pitch effort.

Hill’s catcher, Matt Thayer, was a big help as he threw out three out of four would-be Springfield base stealers.

“He kept them from having a big inning,” Swinyer said.

Springfield first-year coach Archie Farmer has been preaching the value of smart baseball, but his Cosmos are young and sometimes they pay the price of youth.

“You know, we just don’t always stay focused,” said Farmer. “Our youth just shows up at the wrong time.”

One of those moments cost the Cosmos dearly in the fifth inning Saturday. With the score tied at 3 and Connor Gould on first for Windsor with nobody out, Tyson Boudro dropped a sacrifice bunt down that was fielded by pitcher Kyle Weeks, whose throw to first sailed down the right-field line and remained in play, which allowed Gould to circle the bases with the go-ahead run. Moments later, Boudro scored on a wild pitch.

That one play tainted a nifty relief job by Weeks, who relieved Cam Blais to start the third inning and allowed just one hit the rest of the way.

Windsor, like Springfield, had just four hits, but the Jacks put three of them together in the first inning to score three runs. They came as a bit of a surprise, as Blais got the first two outs to start the game. Even when Blais walked Russell Simonds, it didn’t look too bad until Matt Thayer crushed a double to left. Simonds scored and Thayer took second on the throw home. Thayer scored on a single to center by Hill, who showed some heads-up base-running by taking second on the throw home. He was delivered moments later by Nick LeBeau’s single.

But that was pretty much the end of Windsor’s offensive fireworks, as the only Jack hit over the last five innings was LeBeau’s fifth-inning single.

Tim Hildreth figured in two of the Springfield runs. In the first inning his infield roller scored Zack Tubbs, who had singled and was sacrificed to second by Tanner Shumski. And in the third, he singled in Tubbs, who had reached on an error and stole second base.

Weeks also had a single in the inning and later scored on a wild pitch. Springfield had just two base runners the rest of the way.

On Monday, Springfield greets Woodstock and Windsor visits Hartford.