Masters of drama. That’s what the Windsor High School baseball team has become.
It’s as if the Wizards can flip a switch when the postseason starts. Each of the last two years, Windsor has had a decent, but unremarkable, regular season. They then follow that with an outstanding postseason run.
“We all just get that mindset in playoffs, and we get our butt in gear,” pitcher Greg Medina said.
Windsor (13-8) was seeded 30th out of 32 teams to start district play last weekend. No problem. The Wizards, coached by former Fort Collins High School coach Brad Deal, dominated No. 3 D’Evelyn in a 9-3 win and then beat Cheyenne Mountain 6-4 to advance to the state tournament.
That run alone is remarkable, but it happened last year as well. Up against a favorite, the Wizards scored six runs in the final inning to beat Evergreen at districts and then advanced to the state tournament by beating Palisade.
“We like being the underdog because we know we’re not the underdog,” Medina said. “We’re just as good as any other team out there.”
Windsor isn’t an underdog anymore. After the remarkable run, Windsor earned the No. 3 seed at the state tournament, opening against No. 6 Mountain View (14-7) at 10 a.m. Friday at Cherokee Trail High School.
Last season, Windsor dropped out of the state tournament quickly, falling 10-1 to top-seeded Air Academy and 6-1 to Canon City in the double-elimination format.
“Last year, it was an honor to win districts,” shortstop Lance Cox said. “This year, we know what we’re expecting; we know what we need to do to get victories down there.”
The players have been loose, joking at practice and having fun playing games against each other. To a player, they all say they are much more relaxed this season, knowing what to expect at the state tournament.
It’s safe to say the run through districts wasn’t enough for the Wizards — they want more.
“Our whole attitude is different this year. We’re not settling with winning districts and going to state,” second basemen Patrick Fischer said. “This year we’re only going to be happy with winning a state championship.”
Resurrection Christian looks for repeat
While the Resurrection Christian baseball team is not as dominant as it was last season, the Cougars are still hunting a state title.
In 2012 RCS went 22-3 and won the Class 2A state title. The Cougars graduated a lot from that team, but still boast an 18-3 record and are seeded sixth in the state tournament.
RCS opens play Saturday at 12:30 p.m. against Swink. The game will be at Mountain View High School in Loveland. Unlike higher classes, the tournament is single-elimination.
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