Dukes fall in second round

Published 8:28 am Friday, May 29, 2009

One bad inning Wednesday doomed the Windsor High School baseball team.

A five-run fourth inning propelled Rappahannock High School to a 6-1 victory over the Dukes in the second round of the Group A Region A baseball tournament.

The Dukes, who split two games with Rappahannock during the regular season, both one-run contests, finished the season at 15-5.

With the score tied at 1-1 Wednesday, Rappahannock’s Josh Jewell cracked a two-run home run off Windsor starter Clay Copeland.

Windsor head coach Bruce Carroll went to bullpen ace Chris Horne after the blast, but Horne surrendered a two-run, two-out single to Jacob Roberts and an RBI triple to Jonathon Scott for the runs that put the game out of reach.

With the game close, Carroll hoped he could get more mound time from Copeland.

“We wanted to get as much as we could get. I thought I might have got another inning out of him. I just had this gut feeling that they were going to jump him, so I yanked him,” Carroll said. “They ended up getting a few off of Horne. They had one inning and we didn’t. That was it.”

Meanwhile, Tyler Roberts and Jewell, who pitched the seventh inning, combined for a three-hitter. The Dukes had 13 hits in a 14-4 win over Nandua just the day before.

“Their kid got in a groove and got ahead early on and kept us off balance. That’s what hurt us,” Carroll said.

Windsor scored its lone run in the bottom of the second on an infield single by Ben Fyfe.