Windsor mows down Franklin on diamond

Published 12:00 am Thursday, April 3, 2008

FRANKLIN-Three Windsor High School pitchers combined to toss a two-hit shutout with 14 strikeouts as the Dukes rolled over Franklin High School 11-0 in a Tri-Rivers District baseball game Wednesday.

Windsor starter Jeff Myers went four inning to pick up the win. He allowed a two-out single to Travis Washington in the third inning and struck out eight batters. His devastating curveball struck out the side in the Franklin fourth.

Relievers Anthony Cruz and Brett Vaughan followed and also met with success in the final three innings. Cruz struck out two of the three batters he faced in the fifth inning, and Vaughan struck out the side in the sixth.

Windsor (1-2, 1-0) head coach Bruce Carroll has an arsenal of four pitchers to choose from and had Myers on a 45-pitch count.

&uot;He threw 41 pitches and I was planning on pulling him after three, but he had such a low pitch count,&uot; Carroll said.

Carroll was also planning to throw Chris Horne, but Horne left the game after tweaking his back.

&uot;I was going to pitch him in the seventh inning. He is one of the four we want to throw, and I have had him scheduled to start Friday, so that’s a concern,&uot; Carroll said.

On the Franklin (0-2) mound, ace hurler Ben Devore has struggled in his first two starts with a blister on his pitching hand.

Windsor was able to take advantage of six Franklin errors. Leading 4-0 going into the fourth, the Dukes added two more runs on RBI singles by Austin Winkles and Kyle Messer. The inning started when Clay Copeland reached first on an error by Franklin shortstop Tucker Hunter.

In the top of the fifth, the Dukes added two more runs when Washington, Franklin’s third baseman, committed two throwing errors, including one with two outs. A two-out double to left by Ryan Acey put the Dukes up 8-0.

Windsor added three more runs in the top of the seventh, including an RBI double to left center by Acey.

After a long – and early – Easter break, Carroll said his coaches tried to motivate the team at practice on Monday.

&uot;We had a heart-to-heart with the kids on Monday, and yesterday’s practice was one of the best we have had in a long time,&uot; Carroll said.

Despite the loss, Franklin head coach Walt Flythe said his team is looking better at the plate.

&uot;We looked better than we did earlier in the year. Even though we didn’t have many hits, we made better contact,&uot; Flythe said. &uot;We are starting two or three young guys, and inexperience is showing.&uot;

Windsor plays at Nansemond-Suffolk Academy on Friday and travels to Nandua High School on Saturday for a doubleheader.

Franklin hosts Arcadia High School in a doubleheader Saturday.