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Windsor baseball bounces back from early-game deficit to stay unbeaten with a win over Mead

Chris Bolin
cbolin@greeleytribune.com

Through eight games and 47 innings this season, the Windsor baseball team hadn't trailed.

The top-ranked Wizards had routinely scored early and often on their way to mercy-rule shortened wins.

Then they fell behind Mead in the first. And further behind in the second.

"They pushed us a little bit," senior pitcher Ryan Jares said. "So we had to push back harder."

Windsor did just that, erasing that deficit just an inning later on its way to a 5-2 win at Mo Kvamme field Thursday.

After trailing 2-0 in the middle of the second, the Wizards scored their five runs on just four hits and one RBI — a double by catcher Keegan Vialpando in the bottom half of that inning.

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"We didn't hit it as well today," Windsor coach Brad Deal said. "But one thing we do do well is run bases. And we were able to create some runs that way."

The Wizards stole just four bases, but were aided by a host of wild pitches and passed balls.

Two of Windsor's (7-0 Class 4A Tri-Valley Conference, 9-0 overall) runs came via passed ball and one by wild pitch. The other other came on an Mead (3-4, 8-4) error.

"We weren't hunting the fastball like we normally do," Vialpando said. "I think we just got a little tentative."

Though the Wizards' offense wasn't clicking, Jares more than made up for it on the mound.

He gave up just the two runs — one earned — through 6 1⁄3 innings of work, striking out seven and only getting more effective as the game went on.

After two runs through the first two innings, Jares shut the Mavericks down from that point on, facing just three over the minimum through his final four innings and change.

"That's who Ryan (Jares) is and that's what makes him such a good pitcher," Deal said. "A lot of the guys will come out of the gate and burn out. He just gets better as it goes."

Winning tough games like this, despite only picking up four hits, can only help down the stretch.

"Last year didn't have too many games like this and we finally got pushed a little bit in playoffs and ended up losing," said Jares of the Wizard's loss at regionals last year to end their season at 18-3. "This year we're gonna come back, and when we get those games we'll be stronger."

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Jares has to get the nod. He kept the Mavericks in check early while Windsor's offense was struggling, and turned it on into the later innings.

"He does this every single game," Vialpando said. "He always gets better as game goes on and always helps our team get our confidence back."

Turning Point

The third inning summed up the Wizard's offense perfectly. It also gave them the lead.

Josh Barker and Braden Peninger led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Next, the Mead catcher overthrew third on a double steal, allowing Barker to score and Peninger to get to third.

Finally, Peninger came home on a past ball.

Two runs on no hits, two walks and a handful of Maverick mistakes.

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These two teams match up again Saturday, this time in Mead.

MHS 110 000 0 — 2 6 2

WHS 012 101 x — 5 4 2

MHS — Brady Carstens (L, 5-1, 3H, 1ER, 3BB, 8SO), Lucas Hale (6th, 1H, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO) and Ryan McDaniel. RBI – Benjamin Borrego.

WHS — Ryan Jares (W, 4-0, 6H, 1ER, 2BB, 7SO), Owen Lockner (7th, 0H, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO) and Keegan Vialpando. 2B – Vialpando; RBI – Vialpando.