Dukes pound Nandua in baseball playoffs

Published 8:43 am Wednesday, May 27, 2009

The Windsor High School baseball team has found the right time to hit the ball. The Dukes strung together 13 hits en route to pounding Nandua High School 14-4 in the first round of the Group A Region A playoffs Tuesday. The game was shortened to six innings because of the 10-run rule.

Windsor will host the winner of Tuesday’s Rappahannock-Colonial Beach playoff game today at 5 p.m. in the second round.

The Dukes struck early with five runs in the first inning, then put another five spot on the scoreboard in the third inning.

“We worked hard in practice. We had a god approach in the first inning, which gave the kids some confidence. We got off to a good start and hopefully that will carry over to tomorrow,” said Bruce Carroll, Windsor head coach.

Leading the Windsor hitting attack were Chris Horne, 3-for-3 with three RBI and three runs scored; Ben Fyfe, 3-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored; Austin Winkles, 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored; Theron Michalczyk with three RBI; and Brett Vaughan, who went 2-for-4.

Starting pitcher Curtis Harrell went the distance, allowing six hits, striking out five, and walking just one batter. He threw just 68 pitches in his six innings of work.

“He had an 11 pitch average. That is excellent,” Carroll said.

Carroll said Clay Copeland is expected to start on the mound Wednesday.

The Dukes split two games with Rappahannock during the regular season. Both were one run contests.

“It doesn’t matter who we play,” Carroll said. “I think the region is very competitive. I don’t think there is a dominant force out there.”