A bad first inning built a mountain too high to climb for the Windsor High School baseball team Saturday.
Montrose scored five runs in the first inning and carried that to an 8-4 win that eliminated the Wizards from the Class 4A double-elimination state tournament.
“We just didn’t get it going right away,” coach Brad Deal said.
In the first inning, Windsor allowed two walks, two errors and two hits (including a two-run double) that gave Montrose a 5-0 lead.
The Indians then tacked on a 3-run homer from Peter Shearer in the fourth inning to pull away.
While Montrose’s offense was clicking, so was its pitcher. Garrett Zarkis didn’t allow a hit until the fourth inning, and Windsor didn’t have a runner reach second base until the seventh.
In the seventh, the Wizards made a late rally. They strung together four consecutive hits to start the inning and knocked Zarkis out of the game when a batted ball hit him on the throwing hand.
Windsor scored four runs and had the bases loaded with the tying run at the plate, but the rally ended when Patrick Fischer flew out to end the game.
That offensive outburst came too late for Windsor.
“We weren’t pitch selective. When we’re pitch selective we do damage,” shortstop Lance Cox. Today we let the pitcher beat us.”
The loss ends Windsor’s season with a 13-10 record. The Wizards reached the state tournament after going on a run through districts as the No. 30 seed.
The team only graduates three seniors and returns its entire pitching staff next season.
“Right now it’s hard to see (the positives), but there are so many great things that happened this year,” Deal said. “The kids in our program are doing a good job, and we are doing better.”
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