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Seventh-Inning Rally Sends Jacks Past Cosmos

Windsor — Yogi Berra was right: It ain’t over till it’s over.

Trailing 5-2 in the seventh inning, the Windsor High baseball team rallied for four runs to stun Springfield 6-5 in a surprising turn of events that closed their Marble Valley League game at MacLeay-Royce Field.

For most of six innings, Springfield senior right-hander Mike Muther held the Windsor bats pretty much in check after giving up two runs in the opening frame. However, when the seventh inning rolled around, Muther was no longer on the hill.

“It was the first game, and he had already thrown 100 pitches,” Springfield coach Larry Partridge said. “We have to protect him for the rest of the season.”

Muther gave way to T.J. Therrien, who faced two batters. He walked No. 9 hitter Nate Mayo, and Windsor leadoff man Tyson Boudro reached on an error. Partridge made another pitching change at that point, moving catcher Cody Vandenburgh to the mound. That looked like a solid move at first as Vandenburgh struck out Russell Simonds for the first out.

But that was the last good thing that was going to happen for the Cosmos yesterday. Vandenburgh followed the strikeout by hitting Connor Collins to load the bases. Clean-up hitter Ethan Hill followed with a two-run single to center, scoring Mayo and Boudro and making it a 5-4 game, with Collins racing all the way to third.

Hill stole second base on Vandenburgh’s first pitch to Tanner Tibbits. The count went to 3-0 on Tibbits, who was then given the free pass to first. That brought up Shawn Pinsonault, who dropped Vandenburgh’s first offering down the first-base line, a bunt that scored Collins with the tying run.

“It worked out just right,” Windsor coach Don Swinyer said of Pinsonsault’s at-bat. “I was very confident. He’s our best bunter.”

The Jacks’ Matt Thayer then quickly capped the rally by singling to left to plate the winning run.

“We just didn’t close it out,” Partridge said. “Both Therrien and Vandenburgh are new to the sport.

“Give Windsor credit. They kept battling. I guess we have to find a No. 2 and a No. 3 pitcher.”

The Yellowjackets were coming off a dreadful performance in losing their opener to Woodstock on Monday, 12-1, and it looked nearly as dreadful for six innings yesterday.

“I guess you have to take the good with the bad,” said Swinyer. “I thought we were getting things together in the sixth when we loaded the bases, so it was nice to see us close it out in the seventh.”

Muther was impressive for Springfield, pitching four-hit ball for six innings, walking three and picking up two strikeouts.

Windsor also got solid pitching, especially from reliever Simonds, who came on in the fifth inning in relief of starter Boudro and pitched shutout ball, giving up just two hits and earning the win.

Springfield gave early indication that it was going to be a big offensive day, scoring five times in the first three innings. The Cosmos never scored again. Cam Blais, who hit the ball hard three times for Springfield, singled in a run in the first. The Cosmos scored three more times in the second, Muther driving in one with a single, and a bases-loaded walk in the third inning brought in Springfield’s fifth run.

Boudro singled in Windsor’s first at-bat, Simonds reached on an error and Collins doubled them both home. From that point until the seventh inning, the Windsor bats were quiet.

Springfield goes to Otter Valley tomorrow. Windsor will have its third straight home game to start the season when Stevens comes to town on Monday.