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No cream-puff schedule for Windsor baseball

  • Windsor's William Heim Jr. gets to home plate before the tag by Brattleboro's Tyler Millevick in the third inning of their game in Windsor, Vt., on May 14, 2019. Brattleboro won, 17-5. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Windsor captain Ryland Richardson passes the time during a pitching change in the seventh innning of their game with Brattleboro in Windsor, Vt., on May 14, 2019. Brattleboro won, 17-5. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Windsor third baseman Cade Lockwood doesn't get the handle on a throw as Brattleboro's Chris Frost steals the base in the sixth inning and scores during their game in Windsor, Vt., on May 14, 2019. Brattleboro won, 17-5. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Windsor's Jordan Place gets out of the way of an inside pitch in the fourth inning of their game with Brattleboro as catcher Tyler Millevick fields the ball in Windsor, Vt., on May 14, 2019. Brattleboro won, 17-5. (Valley News - Geoff Hansen) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.


Staff Reports
Tuesday, May 14, 2019

WINDSOR — Windsor High baseball coach Jamie Richardson likes to load his schedule with VPA Division I and II foes to toughen his Yellowjackets up for the D-III postseason. Some years, such as this one, the tough slate doesn't do much for Windsor's win-loss line.

But it never worries Richardson. Even after the Jacks dropped a 17-5 decision to D-I Brattleboro at MacLeay-Royce Field on Tuesday, the fifth-year Windsor coach remained optimistic his team will benefit from the challenges the schedule presents.

The Jacks (3-8) have played just one D-III foe, Thetford, this spring. Everything else has been from higher divisions. On Tuesday, Windsor surrendered a pair of two-run Brattleboro rallies early, closed to within 4-2 and closed a 9-2 gap to 9-5 before the Colonels pulled away.

“To be honest, we got better,” Richardson said. “There have been a few games where we’ve gotten better. Today wasn’t one of them. But in the grand scheme of things, no matter what the record and no matter where we are in Division III, we can always make some noise.”

Recent history would back Richardson’s point of view.

His first team, in 2015, went 4-11-1 and entered the D-III tournament as the 12th seed. Windsor bounced No. 5 Peoples in the first round before Leland & Gray knocked the Jacks out. The Jacks won a state title out of the five-hole the next year, grabbed another last year and had a good enough team for a deep run in between.

Robbie Slocum kept Windsor in Tuesday’s game with four innings of seven-hit pitching. Six Yellowjacket errors contributed to four unearned runs before Slocum left the bump. Ethan Belvin had a solid game catching Slocum and added a hit, a walk and a run.

“It’s a confidence thing; the kids are playing with a little smile on their face,” Richardson said. “At the beginning of the year, we weren’t young but we were inexperienced. … You can get hot, and once you get hot, it’s hard to beat you.”

Windsor visits Fair Haven on Thursday.