Missed chances, mental errors and now the Windsor High School baseball team finds itself backed into a corner at the Class 4A state baseball tournament.
Windsor came out of the gates strong Friday against Mountain View, taking an early lead. But the Wizards couldn’t hold it, allowing Mountain View to explode offensively and eventually beat the Wizards 7-5 in the double-elimination tournament.
“It’s a game we feel like we should have won,” Windsor coach Brad Deal said.
Windsor, the No. 3 seed, took a 3-1 lead against Mountain View ace Adam Baumann after the first inning.
Then No. 6 Mountain View scored five runs in the next two innings, three of them unearned to take a 6-3 lead.
While the defense struggled, so to did Windsor’s offense collecting only two hits over the final four innings. The Wizards also had some base-running errors with three players getting thrown out on the base paths.
Down 7-3 in the sixth, Windsor made a run. Lance Cox doubled in two runs, but Stephen Wheeler was thrown out at home, ending the rally.
“Our intensity just wasn’t there all seven innings,” second basemen Patrick Fischer said. “We started out hot and we woke up again in the end, but it was too little, too late.”
Mountain View had six extra-base hits, including two home runs.
“Winning the first game is big, so we’ve got our work cut out for us,” Deal said. “This is the type of team that is ready for that challenge. We’ll come back and get after it tomorrow.”
The Wizards will resume play in the losers bracket at 10 a.m. Saturday against Montrose. Montrose, the No. 2 seed, lost 9-7 to Valor Christian on Friday. The Wizards will play at Coca Cola All-Star Park in Lakewood.
In an odd way, Windsor is now in its comfort zone. Each of the last two years they have made runs in the single-elimination district tournament. Now for all intent purposes it is single elimination for Windsor.
“We’re not done yet. We play better with our backs against the wall,” Fischer said. “We’re going to come out better (Saturday). This is what we’re used to.”
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