Windsor squad sweeps Smithfield for title

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, July 3, 2007

SMITHFIELD—The Windsor Pirates avenged their only loss of the season and claimed the Mustang League title with a doubleheader sweep of Smithfield.

Windsor prevailed 5-4 and 8-4 on Smithfield’s home field.

The Yankees, on the strength of two early home runs, jumped out to a 4-2 lead in the second game, only to see the Pirates storm back for the victory.

Pitcher-shortstop Travis Jones, the son of Assistant Coach Brian Jones, was absent earlier in the season when Windsor lost its only game — to the same team in the same ballpark. Travis was back in action for the championship games, however, and played a key role in the Pirates’ victories.

Windsor was unstoppable offensively, keyed by cleanup batter and left fielder Leo Outland, who stroked his usual line drives.

Second baseman Jarred Lauver and first baseman Samuel Butler were among the other offensive stars for the victors. Third baseman Chris Sproul, the son of head

coach Don Sproul, had an incredible game-saving catch and tag from one of the best catchers in the Mustang league, Daniel Crocker, son of assistant coach Allen Crocker.

Starting pitcher Matt Manner doubled as a shortstop and had several hits between third base and short. Outfielders Tyler Bracey, Alec Kiser and Tyler Oliver held the Yankee baserunners at bay with quick throws to second base.